Engaged Learning: Student Presentation Schedule

SMU students participating in Engaged Learning will describe their projects at the following times on Thursday, January 24, 2013, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. The schedule lists projects by student and indicates student’s major and project mentor.

SESSION 1:   10:30 am - Noon

10:30     Welcome

10:40     Jonathan Machemehl discusses his founding of Boulevard PR and its focus on helping local non-profits develop their message and reach different audiences through implementation of various media.  (Major: PLSC; Mentor: Dr. Steve Lee)

10:50     Jacqueline Ross tells the story of the multi-racial, multi-ethnic undergraduate student experience.  (Major: COMM; Mentor: Dr. Owen Lynch) 

11:00     Austin McBride researched peer university undergraduate pre-law programs and, using a cost benefit model, presents the correlation between student pre-law preparation and admittance into Law School.  (Major: ECON; Mentor: Dr. Ellen Pryor)

11:10     Jean Paul Destarac speaks about his on-site research on the European debt crisis and its relationship to a lack of Eurozone central fiscal authority.  (Majors: ECON, MKCL; Mentor: Dr. Thomas Osang)

11:20     Katie Jones reports on her summer spent working with farmers in Ecuador’s Amazon region to develop sustainable solutions to restore the local ecosystem to its original balance.  (Major: ECON; Mentor: Dr. Victoria Lockwood)

11:30     Miranda Parham recreates her solo performance that captures her research of U.S. consumer culture and gender.  (Major: THEA; Mentor: Dr. Rhonda Blair)

11:40     Hilary Hopkins discusses her study of Envoy, a protein found in the fungus Trichoderma reesei with promising applications in the biofuel industry, as part of her undergraduate research project.  (Major: BIOCHM; Mentor: Dr. Brian Zoltowski)

11:50     Q&A     

12:00     Break  


SESSION 2:   12:30 - 1:50 pm

12:30     Dylan Smith reads from his novella inspired by his time at the SMU-in-Taos campus this summer and reflections of his past.  (Major: ENGL; Mentor: Dr. David Haynes)

12:40     Kathleen Masterson talks about her work mapping and recording ancient tree fossils of the Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona.  (Major: GEOL; Mentor: Dr. Louis Jacobs)

12:50     Laura Israel reports on her research into the well-being and life satisfaction in collegiate gifted and talented students as part of her departmental distinction project.  (Major:  PSYC, ENGL; Mentors:  Dr. Ann Batenburg and Marilyn Swanson)

1:00        Katie Ye discusses her research of upward communication, specifically female gender stereotypes in her native country of China.  (Major: FINA; Mentor: Dr. John Sumanth)         

1:10        Claire Coogan presents on her departmental distinction project that is advancing the current understanding of metabolic diseases, such as diabetes, using the fruit fly as model organism.  (Major: BIOL; Mentor: Dr. Johannes Bauer)

1:20        Ethan Patrick demonstrates how he coded a run-time music visualizer using Max 6 and processing software and used it at a live performance at the Conservatoire de Musique in Cannes, France.   (Major: MUSC; Mentor: Dr. Ira Greenberg)

1:30        Michael Tran researched the feasibility of adding the invasive species, Asian Carp, into the U.S. food supply and, after visiting carp sites along the Mississippi River, came to a new conclusion which he will discuss.  (Major: MATH, CSE; Mentor: Dr. Yeo-Jin Chung)

1:40        Q&A     

1:50        Break


SESSION 3:   2 - 3:20 pm

2:00        Juan Castillo shows how creating a group mural with Hispanic youth through a student leadership program at Irving ISD empowers students and changes lives.  (Major: ARST; Mentor: Katie Bell)

2:10        Pascual Pellegrino presents his findings of the socio-economic struggles of the undocumented through surveys with college-age youth and their families.  (Major: PLSC, INTLST; Mentor: Dr. Jim Hollifield)

2:20        Menalco Solis discusses the debate that surrounds immigration reform in the U.S., balancing the perception of citizens with the experience of the undocumented.  (Major: PLSC, INTLST; Mentor: Dr. Jim Hollifield)

2:30        Jaywin Malhi talks about his summer internship on Capitol Hill in Senator John Cornyn’s and Congressman Pete Sessions’ congressional offices where he learned about regional and national policy-making.  (Major: MGMT; PLSC; Mentor: Dr. Michael Lusztig)

2:40        Bryce Johnson explains how he developed the Spanish for Business Certification Program, a joint SMU/Chamber initiative while interning with the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce.  (Major: FL, MKCL; Mentor: Dr. Leticia McDoniel) 

2:50        Pamela Nickell introduced the examination material and a study guide she developed for the Spanish for Business Certification Program, a joint SMU/ US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce initiative.  (Major: SPAN, INTL; Mentor: Dr. Leticia McDoniel)

3:00        Rachel Stonecipher speaks about her volunteer activity at No More Deaths aid camp, Arizona, the social inequalities and motivations inherent in such service-based work, and her departmental distinction research that addresses these issues.  (Major: CTV, ANTH; Mentor: Dr. Caroline Brettell)

3:10        Q&A

3:20        Break


SESSION 4:   3:30 - 4:30 pm

3:30        Kimberly Mendoza discusses her findings of the health-related traditions, beliefs and practices in an indigenous Mayan community in Guatemala.  (Major: BIOL, CHEM, SPAN; Mentor: Dr. Nia Parson)

3:40       Afomia Hailemeskel recreates her audio contribution to GIRL, a performance piece that compares and contrasts the lives of teenage girls in the Bronx and in Highland Park, a result of a summer internship at Market Roads Films in Brooklyn, NY.  (Major: THEA; Mentor: Dr. Gretchen Smith)

3:50        Andrew Lin presents an overview of his research of the anatomy of a 17-million-year-old beaked whale specimen in SMU’s Institute for the Study of Earth and Man compared with a modern beaked whale fossil he worked on at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.  (Major: BIOL, GEOL; Mentor: Dr. Louis Jacobs)

4:00        Roza Essaw discusses her assessment of the human rights situation in post-genocide Rwanda as a result of research which included on-site interviews with Rwandans and other involved in human rights activism.  (Major: COMM, PLSC; Mentor: Dr. Rick Halperin)

4:10      Aden Abiye talks about how she developed and lead life skills training workshops for youths and adults in community centers in Ethiopia.  (Major: ECON, MKCL; Mentor: Ms. Ne’Shaun Robinson-Jones)

4:20              Q&A    

4:30              Closing Remarks