Mount students close out semester’s iROC with original research

May 19, 2017

Patrick Junjulas, with his poster presentation, “Understanding the Relationships between the Public and the Police.” 


This semester’s Investigating Research on Campus (iROC) lecture series at Mount Saint Mary College came to a close with two inspiring sessions focusing on student research.

The inaugural Honors Student Research Symposium featured the work of honors students from across all majors. This event allowed students to present their research projects in poster or presentation form. Topics included the latent bias for gender roles in parenting, how items are marketed to millennials, the challenges students face after a prolonged absence due to a chronic illness, annotation of the genome of a novel bacteriophage virus Octavious Rex, and investigation of the role of the EF60 and EF33 genes in T-cell immune response.

“A lot of times, students who have to be out of school because of a serious illness face some struggles that their peers won’t really understand,” said Diana Pernicano, a senior and nursing major from Yorktown, N.Y. Her research poster was titled, “Returning to School after an Extended Absence Due to Chronic Illness.” “On the surface a student may look like they’re back to normal, but some students may still be in pain, feel nauseous, or experience fatigue from the illness or medications. This can interfere with class performance and their everyday interactions outside of the classroom. Some students also reported feeling a bit alienated from their friends because of all the time they spent away from them. It’s often not an easy transition back.”

The annual Student Research Poster Presentations showcased student research conducted throughout the semester in poster form to the campus community. Research project areas varied and included titles such as, “Exploration of Viral Diversity at MSMC,” “Understanding the Relationships between the Public and the Police,” “The Problem of False Confessions and the Criminal Justice System,” and “Phages Discovered in the MSMC Campus.”

The goal of iROC is to provide a forum for Mount faculty, staff, and students to showcase their research endeavors with both the college and the local community in a manner easily understood by attendees. Every year, presentations include research proposals, initial data collection, and completed research projects. The iROC lecture series will restart when classes resume in the fall.