Inside the CUNY Graduate Center: A Dissertation Showcase

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

7:30 pm


Open to the Public

Headshots of 11 student presenters in the Dissertation Showcase
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Admission Price

Free; Reservations Required

A highlight of the academic year, the Dissertation Showcase celebrates exciting new research happening within the CUNY Graduate Center community in a fun, fast-paced event. In the fifth annual showcase, selected doctoral candidates will make short presentations, describing their dissertations in three minutes each. They will share innovative scholarship — in language for a general audience — across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Join us to hear fresh ideas and honor the hard work of our graduating students, who have overcome extraordinary obstacles on the road to a Ph.D.

Dissertation topics include gene mutations that cause breast cancer, online privacy and public trust, Arthurian myth and ideas of empire, why innocent people plead guilty, sleep patterns in infants, Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, Nigerian Americans and interracial marriage, LGBTQ individuals’ encounters with police, empowering African children through music, scenic design in early modern theater, and how cancer cells resist drug therapies.

Participating students:

George Annor, Biochemistry
Sohag Chakraborty, Biochemistry
Lennay Chapman, Business
Julian Gonzalez de Leon Heiblum, History
Johanna Hellgren, Psychology and Law
Melissa Horger, Psychology
Sarah Molinari, Anthropology
Karen Okigbo, Sociology
Max Osborn, Criminal Justice
Lynne Stillings, Ethnomusicology
Pamela Thielman, Theatre and Performance Studies

A prize will be given to the student who does the best job translating his or her research for the public, chosen by a panel of judges. And new this year, viewers will decide on the Audience Choice Award.

A video of this event will be posted a few days later on our YouTube Channel.

This event will take place online, and closed captions will be provided. Please contact Jimmy Cok at with additional accessibility requests, questions, or concerns.