Explore Research Day Presentations from 2021

While Catholic University Research Day 2021 has concluded, you can continue to explore the extraordinary array of research being conducted by students, faculty, and staff of the University through the videos (embedded below) and presentations and posters linked to this page. 

2021 Research Day Award Winners

Undergraduate Oral Presentation
Machine Learning for Detection of Intractable Seizure Location in Pediatric Patients with EEG Data 
Christina Ciola, School of Engineering (Computer Science)
Collaborators: Sarah Beretich and Erin Costello

Undergraduate Poster Presentation
LoRa for Long Range Tracking and Distress System 
Nathaniel Goonasekeram, School of Engineering (Electrical Engineering)
Collaborators: Zackary Tucker and Yesenia Henriquez

Masters Oral Presentation
Child Labor Trafficking in the United States: Recommendations on Improving Identification and Response Based on the Literature 
Heather Wasik, The National Catholic School of Social Service (MSW)

Masters Poster Presentation
Outness and Wellbeing among LGBTQ+ Latinx Individuals during COVID-19 
Raquel Castillo Cruz, School of Arts and Sciences (Psychology)
Collaborators: Olga Revzina (Catholic University), Katy Chang (Rochester University), Kiki Kline (University of Denver),  Annie Hart (University of Denver) and Kathryn Fox (University of Denver)


Doctoral Oral Presentation
Shaping Galaxies with Supermassive Black Hole Winds 
Anna Luiza Trindade Falcao, School of Arts and Sciences (Physics)
Collaborators: T. C. Fischer, D. M. Crenshaw, M. Revalski, H. R. Schmitt, W. P. Maksym, M. Vestergaard, M. Elvis, C.M. Gaskell, F. Hamann, L. C. Ho, J. Hutchings, R. Mushotzky, H. Netzer, T. Storchi-Bergmann, T.J. Turner and M.J. Ward

Doctoral Poster Presentation
A Phenomenological Approach to Understanding the Lived Experience of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) Following an Intraoperative Patient Death 
Sarah Rohrbaugh, Conway School of Nursing

Faculty Achievement in Research
Peter Lum, Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Young Faculty Scholar
Richard Gallenstein, Assistant Professor of Economics

Phi Beta Kappa FYE Essay Prize 
Maria Erquiaga

Watch a recording of the awards ceremony



Biology Professor Details His Work on COVID-19 Vaccine During Research Day

rao_lab_087-600x600.jpgFor the sixth year in a row, Research Day provided a showcase for some of the best and most exciting research The Catholic University of America has to offer. This year’s event, which took place virtually on April 15, featured 78 oral presentations and 100 poster presentations from students, faculty, and staff members. Projects covered a diverse variety of subjects, including economics, education, mental health, biomedical engineering, music, and the saints. 

Read the story

  • Introduction

    Co-chair Anita Shagnea introduced the program and offered some tips on navigating Research Day online.

  • President's Welcome

    The President welcomed participants to the sixth annual University Research Day. He presented an overview of the range of research presentations included in the event.

  • Provost's Remarks

    The provost's talk, titled The Catholic University of America: A Research University, examined our historical commitment to research, reviewed highlights of current research, and presented a vision for the future.

Keynote with Dr. Venigalla Rao

Dr. Rao told the story of his pioneering work in developing a new type of coronavirus vaccine. His keynote address was titled: Design of a COVID-19 Vaccine by CRISPR Engineering of Bacteriophage T4.
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    Full Research Day 2021 Program

    Welcome to University Research Day 2021! We invite you to explore the amazing array of research being conducted by the students, faculty, and staff of The Catholic University of America. The hallmarks of this research are its innovation, novelty, and global nature. All of the research presentations are available through the links in the program. 

    Open a printable Research Day 2021 program

Campus Research Organizations

Catholic University’s commitment to research is demonstrated in a variety of ways - engaging undergraduate and graduate students in research projects, faculty and student research presentations at national and international academic events, numerous published articles and books by our faculty, and through the work of the 29 research facilities on campus.

The following campus research organizations have contributed special presentations for Research Day 2021. Please click the organization names to view presentations, and use this Campus Research Organizations Question Form to ask presenters questions.

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