Inside The Graduate Center: A Dissertation Showcase

MAY 19, 2021 | 7:30 PM

Top L-R: Jojo Karlin, Serena Wang, Jasmine Bayron, Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa, and Melanie Blair Thies; Bottom: Roxana Piotrowska, Emily Weiss, Raj Korpan, Natalie Gordon, and Virginia Diaz-Mendoza



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


May 19, 2021: 7:30 PM


Free; Reservations Required


Public Programs



Now in its fourth year, the Dissertation Showcase is an opportunity to sample the variety of innovative scholarship being done by Graduate Center students. In this online event, selected doctoral candidates will make short presentations, describing their Ph.D. dissertations in three minutes each. They will share important new research — in language for a general audience — across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. See how, even in these challenging times, the intellectual life of The Graduate Center continues to thrive.

Dissertation topics include: how robots can make decisions, recognizing bias in potential jurors, the power dynamics of discipline in schools, the impact of cannabis on psychopharmacology, how immigration status affects socio-economic mobility, how to harvest energy from water evaporating, the country fiddle in the music of Charles Ives, a study of Virginia Woolf’s letters in drawings and words, the influence of Chinese composers on New York’s cultural landscape, and what asteroids tell us about the origins of life.  
This year, a special award will be given to the student who does the best job translating his or her research for the public.
Participating students:
Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa, Sociology
Jasmine Bayron, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Virginia Diaz-Mendoza, Criminal Justice 
Natalie Gordon, Psychology and Law
Jojo Karlin, English
Raj Korpan, Computer Science
Roxana Piotrowska, Chemistry
Melanie Blair Thies, Clinical Psychology 
Serena Wang, Music 
Emily Weiss, Music D.M.A.-Performance 

"Inside the Graduate Center: A Dissertation Showcase" is made possible through the generous support of Joanna Migdal.