Ten student teams have been awarded grants through SMU’s Big iDeas program to research big challenges facing the Dallas area, ranging from energy and the environment to education and health care.
The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, which launched Big iDeas in 2008, announced the interdisciplinary teams based on the recommendations of a review panel. The panel included SMU faculty, students and staff, along with a representative from the Dallas City Manager’s Office and the Communities Foundation of Texas.
“This year’s proposals once again reveal the talent, insight and ambition of SMU’s undergraduates,” Provost Paul Ludden says. “Big iDeas allows these students to develop their interests and career paths, while also building bridges between SMU and the Dallas community.”
The students will present their projects to the SMU community in April at the Big iDeas Symposium and will report on their progress in the fall.
(Right, as part of the 2008 Big iDeas research project Health ‘n’ Motion, student researchers talked to families about nutrition and fitness.)