Leadership and Innovation and Health Sciences double major Joseph Leszczynski ’23 was awarded the 2023 REDay Provost’s Award for his project, "Safe Injection Sites: An Ethical Analysis." Said Leszczynski of REDay, "Undergraduate research allows students to build a foundation of skills that we'll rely upon throughout our careers by introducing us to research methodologies and strategies, as well as invaluable mentors."
REDay recognizes ingenuity, creativity of Bryant's faculty, students, staff
Apr 14, 2023,
by Emma Bartlett and Stephen Kostrzewa
On April 12, students, faculty, and staff gathered for Bryant University’s 11th annual Research and Engagement Day (REDay). The event celebrated innovative projects and works of creative expression through nearly 200 presentations, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and poster sessions.
“As an institution of higher education, Bryant takes great pride in our commitment to fostering a culture of inquiry and discovery, and today’s event is a testament to that dedication,” said Provost and Chief Academic Officer Rupendra Paliwal, Ph.D., at a reception honoring the participants.
Research and engagement, he explained, are essential components of education and have a long-lasting impact by helping students develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills, hone their ability to communicate effectively, learn to thoughtfully analyze information, and connect with individuals of diverse cultures, disciplines, and ideologies.
Associate Provost Wendy Samter added that, through their presentations and research, the university’s community members demonstrated their dedication to academic excellence and are making a positive impact on the world around them.
“As I look toward the future, I am inspired by the potential of our community to lead the way in meaningful research and creative engagement, said Samter. “I believe that our commitment to inquiry and discovery will continue to drive progress and change, and I look forward to the many exciting projects that lie ahead.”
Here are nine scenes of research in action at REDay:
At REDay’s closing reception, students, faculty, and staff were honored with awards in the following categories:
Outstanding Scholarly Achievement by a Student in the Form of a Poster: Ramsha Gul ’25, “Neural Mechanisms Underlying Maladaptive Reward Memories in Drosophila.”
Outstanding Scholarly Achievements by Students in the Form of an Oral Presentation: Jacob Slide ’23, “Actual vs. Perceived Differences in the Workplace.”
Outstanding Cross-Disciplinary Team Research Achievements by Students: Joseph Leszczynski ’23, “Safe Injection Sites: An Ethical Analysis.”
Outstanding Achievements in Creative Expression by Students: Paris Flynn ’22, ’23MBA, “Re-emergence of the Sun: A Showcase of Creative Expression.”
Outstanding Achievements in Social Justice by Students: Nilsa Laine ’24, “Undergraduate Experiences of Black Women at PWI Campuses: A Focus Group.”