Graduate Poster Session

SMU graduate students and postdocs will present results of ongoing and completed SMU-based research. The goal of this event is to foster communication between graduate students and postdocs in different disciplines, give them the opportunity to present their work in a professional setting, and share the outstanding research being conducted at SMU with their peers and industry professionals from the greater Dallas community.  Refreshments will be available. View the program:

Graduate Poster Session Program 2023 


A cash prize of $250 will be awarded to the best poster from each department or judging group. 

Poster Requirements and Dimensions



Congratulations to last year's Dean's Award Winners:

  • Applied Physiology: Claire Trotter, “Spontaneous Cardiovagal Baroreflex Sensitivity in Females with Multiple Sclerosis”
  • Education (two awards): Murphy K Mogensen, Education, “Writing Interventions for Students with Learning Disabilities: A Preliminary Scoping Review” 
  • Education (two awards):  Mai Zaru, “From Resilient Books to Resilient Kids: A Content Analysis” 
  • Higher Education: Emily Rasch, “Sisterhood or Cis-terhood:  Trans-Inclusive Admissions Policies at Historically Women's Colleges”
  • Biology: Kelsey Paulhus, “Understanding How Specific Cardiac and Brain Autonomic Regions Contribute to Cardiorespiratory Dysfunction in the Context of Sudden Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)” 
  • Chemistry: Joshua Plank, “Functional Surface Patterning via Photolysis of Aryl diazoacetates” 
  • Theoretical and Computational Chemistry: Hao Tian, “Exploring Protein Conformational Space with Variational Autoencoder”
  • Earth Sciences: Weiyu Zheng, “Bayesian Monte Carlo Inversion of InSAR Time Series Deformation Induced by Wastewater Injection: a Case Study in West Texas” 
  • Economics: Shuo Qi, “Estimating Treatment Effects with Spillovers in Unobserved Networks” 
  • Mathematics (tie): Sabrina Hetzel, “Pure Quartic Solitons in Novel Laser Designs” 
  • Mathematics (tie): Steven Walton, “3-Wave Kinetic Equations: Numerical Approximation of Non-Stationary Solutions” 
  • Physics: Santosh Parajuli, “Search for Higgs Boson Pair Production in the Multi-lepton Final State Using Proton-Proton Collision Data at $\sqrt{s} =13$ TeV from the ATLAS Detector” 
  • Psychology (tie): Melissa Sitton, “Adolescents Who Have Experienced Sexual Abuse: Non-Supportive Responses, Self-Blame, and Trauma Symptoms” 
  • Psychology (tie): Sumaiyah Syed, “Depression, Inflammation, and the Moderating Role of Metformin: Results from the MIDUS Study” 
  • Biostatistics: MaryLena Bleile, “Optimizing the Combination of Radiotherapy with Immunotherapy using Reinforcement Learning” 
  • Statistical Science: Louis Vazquez, “Extension of Deletion-based Influence Diagnostics to Generalized Estimating Equations for Nominal Multinomial Response Data” 
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering (two awards): Kostas Kalfas, “Can We Protect Our Structures Sustainably Against Natural Hazards?” 
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering (two awards): Hussam Khresat, “Vehicle-Bridge Strike Classification Using Real-World & Synthetic Data” 
  • Computer Science (two awards): Clayton Harper, “SNR-Boosted Automatic Modulation Classification” 
  • Computer Science (two awards): Ethan Potthoff, “Simulation Data Mining to Explore Soil Liquefaction” 
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering: David Wang, “A Control-theoretical Brain-Computer Interface for Modulating Hippocampal Oscillations via Deep Brain Stimulation of the Posterior Cingulate Cortex” 
  • Mechanical Engineering: Jaime da Silva, “Sensors Based on Evanescent Field Perturbation of Microresonators” 
  • Operations Research and Engineering Management: Yulan Bai, “A Composite Index Method for Optimization Benchmarking” 
  • Combined Group: Samantha Lagos, “Where My Ladies At? The Fight to Erase the Gender Gap in Research Publications”
  • Undergraduate Group: Abigail Hays, “Surface Air Entrapment in Small-Scale Fin Propulsion”