Graduate Student Research Day 2012

 

February 10, 2012

SMU graduate students — and a limited number of undergraduates — presented results of research they have been working on at SMU at the annual Graduate Student Research Day on Friday, February 10.

Sponsored by SMU's Office of Research and Graduate Studies, the event sought to foster communication between students in different programs, give students the opportunity to present their work in formats they will use as professionals, and to share with the SMU community and others the outstanding research being done at the University.

The students's research was illustrated on posters, and they were available to discusss what they were seeking to understand and how they are going about it.

Among the projects at the event were:

  • Psychology student Vanessa Rae Stevens (under Professor Alicia Meuret) is studying whether people with tattoos and body piercings are also prone to intentional self injury by cutting, scratching, burning, etc.
         Research Day 2012 will be on February 10
  • Psychology student Grant Holland (under Professor George Holden) is studying recordings of interactions between mothers and their children with an eye toward better understanding the effects of tone-of-voice on behavior at bedtime.
      
  • Statistics student Holly Stovall (under Professor Lynne Stokes) is examining how to more precisely measure success in teaching programs for No Child Left Behind.
        
  • Earth sciences student Mary Milleson (under Professor Neil Tabor) is using core samples taken from Dallas's White Rock Lake to gain a better understanding of how the growing urbanization of the area over the last 100 years is affecting the lake.
        
  • Computer science student Ruili Geng (under Professors Jeff Tian and Liguo Huang) is researching how to make the performance of the web and cloud computing more dependable.
       
  • Physics students Bedile Karabuga and Mayisha Zeb Nakib (under Professor Jodi Cooley-Sekula) are examining a specific technique for identifying dark matter.

For more information, contact the Office of Research and Graduate Studies at 214-768-4345 or smugrad@smu.edu.

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