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SMU Adventures

Updated: July 6, 2015

Christopher Kiahtipes is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. His work includes reconstructing past environments in tropical Central Africa to better understand the links between culture, ecology and climate. He is spending part of the summer in Europe to present his research at the 8th International Workshop on African Archaeobotany (IWAA) in Italy and to visit libraries and botanical collections at the University of Montpellier in France. READ MORE


SMU Adventures: Katherine, Maguire Fellow and Medical Anthropology grad student in San Francisco

Originally posted: June 25, 2015

Katherine is a graduate student in the medical anthropology program. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2015 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU for her research on struggles for LGBTQ immigrants in the San Francisco Bay area. READ MORE

Dedman College students receive prestigious national fellowships and awards

Congratulations to the Dedman College students awarded prestigious national fellowships and awards during the 2014-15 academic year, including Fulbright Grants and a fellowship to the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. These students include:

Fulbright Scholar:

Whitney Goodwin
Michaela Wallerstedt
Kandi Doming

Institute for Responsible Citizenship Scholar:

Garrett Fisher

Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress Presidential Fellow:

Tracy Nelson

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Nicole Hartman



English Doctoral Lecture Series featuring Julianne Sandberg

EVENT: December 5, 2014

Doctoral Lecture Series featuring Julianne Sandberg. On December 5 Julianne Sandberg will give a talk on “John Donne’s Body and Eucharistic Allegory.” The lecture will be at 3:30pm in 101 Dallas Hall

The Makings of Jane Austen

Professor Devoney Looser, Arizona State University, will present her research on the reception of Jane Austen from the late nineteenth century forward in a Gilbert Lecture on November 13, 2014 in McCord Auditorium. Receptions begins at 6:00 PM.

For more information: Gilbert Lectures

William Steding, senior fellow at the Center for Presidential History, featured in D Magazine

D Magazine, November 2014

How Technology Is Helping Investors
New tools are helping to put their money where their mouse is.

There was a time when William Steding was like many investors, his eyes glued to CNBC as he made day trades facilitated by newly developed software. Over the last decade, though, Steding gradually came to realize that financial planning and wealth management firms were becoming much more sophisticated technologically, and he had an epiphany.

“Clients like me said, ‘I don’t want to do it anymore. You guys handle it,’ ” says Steding, a former broadcasting mogul who’s now a senior fellow at the Center for Presidential History at SMU. Thanks to online planning and performance-reporting tools offered through firms such as Dallas-based True North Advisors, he doesn’t have to spend so much time tuned to CNBC. “I don’t have to worry about watching the market,” Steding says. “And I really only talk with True North about my stuff quarterly, or every five or six months. It gives me peace of mind, more than anything else.” READ MORE

10 colleges with the highest paid psychology graduates

USA Today

Originally Posted: Oct. 17, 2014

Psychology majors explore different personality types, how humans develop, how we respond to our environment and why we behave the way that we do. A degree in this field of study can lead to careers in social work, marketing, human resources and public health programs, with more opportunities arising for those who choose to pursue an advanced degree.

The average starting salaries across all graduates with a bachelor’s in psychology is $35,000.

Most graduates who work in this field find they have to pursue an advanced degree to find more competitively paying positions. However, the college you attend can also play a big role in how much you earn.

Certain schools have a track record of creating a high earnings boost that allows their graduates to make more money than other psych majors.

This list rounds up the top 10 colleges with the highest paid graduates in psychology, based on salary data provided by PayScale.

Note: Although we believe that knowing the average salaries of graduates gives you some very useful information about these colleges, note that this ranking is based only on salary data and is not meant to rate the overall quality of the school. Also note this list is based only on the salaries of students with bachelor’s degrees and does not take into account those who have gone on to get advanced degrees.


Founded in 1911, Southern Methodist University is a private research university. The school offers small classes and promotes research and discussion, two major elements of a psychology program. Psychology graduates from this program may only earn an average starting salary of $39,000, but they have the potential to earn the highest mid-career average salary of $109,000. The school is also ranked as the 3rd best university in the state of Texas.


Joseph Batir awarded GRC Scholarship

Source: Geothermal Resources Council
Published: Oct. 20, 2014

…A highlight of the Annual Meeting, the Student Leadership Luncheon attracted more than 60 students and geothermal leaders to discuss job opportunities in the industry. In addition, the second annual GRC Scholarships were awarded to Megan Dewit of Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada; Paige Granneman of the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA; Nastaran Arianpoo of the University of British Columbia, Canada; Joseph Batir of Southern Methodist University, Texas, USA; Maciej Lukawski of Cornell Energy Institute in New York, USA, and Holly McLachlan of the University of Nevada, Reno, USA. READ MORE

Beyond the Walls – Giving Voice to Life Experiences


Event date: October 18, 2014

Event time: 6:15 p.m.

Event Contact: Sherry Aikman, 8-8347

Event Description: Tells the stories, through community murals, of important issues faced by communities in the West Bank, Northern Ireland, Liberia, El Salvador, Argentina, Australia and the Unitied States. Screening at the Dallas VideoFest – Angelika Theater. READ MORE

Alumnus David Craig Pearson, new seismologist for the Texas Railroad Commission

Houston Chronicle, October 3, 2014

…After high school, he found work with the oil field services firm Halliburton, according to his résumé. He earned a geology degree at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, then enrolled in a master’s program at SMU, where he became a favored student of a scientist named Brian Stump.

“He’s curious; he was hands-on,” Stump recalled. “He was not somebody that closes his mind to things.”

At SMU, Pearson studied seismic imagery. After earning a doctorate, he followed Stump to the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Their research focused on coal mining explosions that could be mistaken by foreign governments for nuclear weapons testing. The work took Pearson around the world, contributing to documents with names like “Shallow Velocity Structure at the Shagan Test Site in Kazakhstan.” READ MORE