By Maria Del Nido
The Catholic University of America is introducing its first-ever University Research Day on Friday, April 15th to showcase the research community and the accomplishments of students and faculty. Catholic University Research Day is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and runs all day long with 250 presentations, keynote speakers, and food trucks. The event will include oral and poster presentations from students and faculty as well as musical performances.
All classes for the day have been cancelled for this all-day celebration. At the end of the day, an award ceremony will be held for the students and faculty members who participated and shared their research.
The event will take place across the Catholic University of America’s campus. Buildings hosting presentations will be marked with red and white balloons. Also, live musical acts will perform at the Pryzbyla Plaza and in John Paul Hall in the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. Four food trucks will be located in front of Mullen Library. These include Lemongrass, which serves Vietnamese food, Fava Pot, which serves Middle Eastern food, Dirty South, which serves American southern cuisine, and Swizzler, which serves gourmet hot dogs.
According to the Office of the Provost, the goal of Catholic University Research Day is to highlight to the community all the research that Catholic University of America’s faculty and students perform. The research that is going to be presented covers all of the academic areas of the Catholic University of America’s school departments ranging from History to Chemistry.
The Office of the Provost is sponsoring this event for the students of the Catholic University of America.
“We developed this event for you in hopes that it will complement your learning experiences to date and to help you see the practical implications of this learning,” said Andrew V. Abela, Ph.D., Provost of Catholic University.
In anticipation of the event, students gave some positive feedback.
“I like the idea behind Research Day, I think it’s a great way to showcase all the work being done by the faculty and students,” said Rebecca McCarron, a presenter for Catholic University Research Day.
“I like not having class on a Friday because I can rest,” said Madelyn Roura, a sophomore student.
To conclude the day’s event, an awards ceremony for the students and faculty members who participated in Catholic University Research Day will be held in Heritage Hall in Father O’Connell Hall.