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 the 2023 Award Winners:

  • Anthropology: Jocelyn Bell, “Rights, Repatriation and Return: The Sámi”
  • Applied Physiology: Claire Trotter, “Pressor and Sympathetic Responses to Graded Skeletal Muscle Metaboreflex Activation in Females with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis”, Co-author(s): Benjamin E. Young; Caitlin P. Jarrard; Scott A. Smith; Paul J. Fadel; Mu Huang; Scott L. Davis
  • Biological Sciences: Kelsey Paulhus, “Cardiorespiratory Effects of Brainstem-Specific Kv1.1 Deficiency: Implications for SUDEP”
  • Chemistry: Hunter La Force, “Characterizing Guanine Binding Modes of Potential Ruthenium-based PDT Agents: A Local Vibrational Mode Study”, Co-author(s): Elfi Kraka
  • Chemistry: Juliana Antonio, “Predicting Vibrational Energy Transfers in Myoglobin with QM/MM and Local Mode Analysis”, Co-author(s): Elfi Kraka
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering: Ahmed Khamiss, “Discrete-Element Method Simulations of the Seismic Response of Tunnels in Deep Granular Deposit”
  • Combined Group: Leroy Ahwinahwi, Applied Science, “Energy Equity”
  • Computer Science: Steph Buongiorno, “The Gamification of AI Training: Leveraging Unknown, Natural Language Data and Procedural Generation to Drive Videogame Play
  • Computer Science (Runner-up recognized by department award): Eli Laird, “Measuring and Removing Bias from Face Recognition Algorithms”
  • Computer Science (Runner-up recognized by department award): Clayton Harper, “DCT-DiffStride: Differentiable Strides with Real-valued Data”, Co-author(s): Mitchell Thornton; Eric Larson
  • Earth Sciences: Wanji Zheng, “Three-dimensional Kinematic Inversion of Landslide Movements, Geometry, and Hydraulic Properties: A Case Study in the Three Gorges Reservoir, China”, Co-author(s): Zhong Lu
  • Economics: Travis Whitacre, “Stigma in Mental Healthcare”, Co-author(s): Shuo Qi
  • Education PhD Program: Bethany Edwards, “Defining the 'Community' in Community College: A National Overview and Implications for Racial Imbalance in Texas”, Co-author(s): Dominique J. Baker; Spencer F. X. Lambert; Grace Randall
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering: Aviraj Sinha, “Automated Quantum Memory Compilation with Improved Dynamic Range”, Co-author(s): Elena R. Henderson; Jessie M. Henderson; Mitchell A. Thornton
  • Mathematics: Jacob Davis, “Heat Transfer, Vapor Diffusion, and Stefan Flow around Levitating Droplets near a Heated Liquid Surface”, Co-author(s): Vladimir S. Ajaev; Oleg A. Kabov; Dimitry V. Zaitsev
  • Mechanical Engineering: Gokhan Kararsiz, “Rolling Motion of a Soft Microsnowman under Rotating Magnetic Field”, Co-author(s): Yasin Cagatay Duygu; Louis William Rogowski; Anuruddha Bhattacharjee
  • Operations Research and Engineering Management: Niloofar Fadavi, “An Active-set Method for Two-stage Stochastic Quadratic Programming”
  • Physics: Ryne Dingler, “Variability Properties of Southern TESS Blazars”, Co-author(s): Krista Lynne Smith
  • Postdoctoral Scholars: Alexis Delgado, “Local Mode Theory Applications in Micro- and Macro-Molecular Research Executed Under Diverse Circumstances: Dissertation Work”
  • Postdoctoral Scholars: Asiye Aziz Zanjani, “Bridging Data Gap and Location Errors To Improve Spatiotemporal Evaluation of Induced Seismicity in the Delaware Basin, West Texas”, Co-author(s): Heather DeShon; Liliana Binetti
  • Psychology: Sierra Rufino, “Volitional Change in Pathological Personality: Can People Change Their Maladaptive Traits?”, Co-author(s): Nathan Hudson
  • Statistical Science: Ming Zhang, “Bayesian Goodness-of-fit Test for Meta-Analysis of Rare Binary Events”, Co-author(s): Johan Lim; Xing Chao
  • Undergraduate Group: Patrick Isaac, “Testing Potential Inhibitors on Multi-drug Resistance Pump Proteins in E. Coli”, Co-author(s):  Lauren Limp, Kiri Holck, Luciano Cocivera, Bela Pathak, Zuhair Almahayni
  • Research Computing Award (sponsored by the Center for Research Computing): Jaryd Domine, “Waves in Black Hole Geometries: An Energy-Based Discontinuous Galerkin Method”, Co-author(s): Thomas Hagstrom; Stephen Lau

Congratulations to the 2022 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”