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Drew University Celebrates the Student Community of Learners During Day of Scholars

The annual student-centered event returns to an in-person format

April 2022 – Drew’s annual Day of Scholars, an opportunity to showcase the creative and scholarly accomplishments of Drew students, returned to an in-person format for the first time in two years.

“The students are the experts in the topics they are presenting today,” said Dean of Arts and Sciences Ryan Hinrichs. Throughout the campus, Drew’s student experts showcased their research, art, writing, poetry, music, acting, and dance.

Seniors presented summaries of their senior thesis projects. Baldwin Honors student and Civic Scholar Melanie Haber C’22 opened the day with her presentation From Clickbait to Cruelty: An Analysis of Terrorist Recruitment via Social Media.

Students in the arts had the opportunity to showcase their portfolios, while Rachel Cabrera C’25 offered a performance from the spring musical Working.

The event-filled afternoon concluded with a poster presentation. Nearly 100 students filled The Ehinger Center as they presented their projects to fellow students, faculty, and prospective students and their families.

Grace Solomon C’24 examined the affects of certain probiotics on individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease. Solomon conducted the research during the Drew Summer Science Institute. “It was a really great experience for me. I didn’t have any research experience and this was a great way to get involved in research and see if it was something I like—which I do!”

“Research is a process,” said Caroline Tramontana C’22 of her team’s work behind their poster presentation on The Synthesis and Application of Samarium Diiodide as a Reagent in Chemistry. “You have to think outside the box and use resources to your advantage. It’s not always a simple, straight line.”

Here’s a closer look.

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