By Spencer Cowley
April 30, 2020 — For students in FDU’s Honors Program, senior year brings the challenge of proving their capabilities as a scholar through a year-long foray into conducting research and writing a thesis. Seniors choose a topic, work with an academic mentor, and pursue the discovery of new information. The following are a handful of seniors in the honors program who presented their research during Honors Research Day, April 28 to April 30. COVID-19 presented an additional hurdle for these students as they worked with their mentors virtually to complete most of the latter half of their research and writing. They are presenting via Zoom. With Honors Research Day finally upon them, students delivered finished projects on a range of subjects touching on both their personal interests and their chosen professional fields.
“My name is Troy Handlovic, and I am a senior chemistry student and undergraduate research assistant in the Elshaer Research Group, within the department of chemistry and biochemistry at FDU’s Florham Campus. Learn more about my experience completing my thesis ‘Analysis of Estrogenic Hormones using Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry’ here.”
“My name is Stephanie Biase and I am an American literature/QUEST major in elementary education and dual certified in special education on the Florham Campus. Learn more about my experience completing my thesis ‘Giving Girls a Voice: The Evolution of Girlhood in Children’s Literature’ here.”
“My name is Arshdeep Kaur and I am a finance major on the Metropolitan Campus. Learn more about my experience completing my thesis ‘Analysis on The Relationship Between Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives and Corporate Financial Performance for Apple, IBM, And Microsoft’ here.”
“My name is Kaitlyn Esposito, and I am a communication major with a concentration in public relations and minors in sustainability management and dance studies. Learn more about my experience completing my thesis ‘Meaning from Movement: Contemporary Dance as the Nonverbal Communication Code of Kinesics’ here.”