As the 2011-12 academic year draws to a close, SMU celebrates with two ceremonies honoring some of its most distinguished faculty, staff and students. This year’s Honors Day Convocation and Awards Extravaganza take place on the afternoon and evening of Monday, April 16, 2012.
Jodi Cooley, assistant professor of experimental particle physics in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, will deliver the address during the 15th Honors Day Convocation at 5:30 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. The ceremony celebrates academic achievement at the University and department levels. Cooley, a member of the team collaborating on the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS II) experiment, has received a 2012 National Science Foundation CAREER Award of more than $1 million for her research toward detecting the particles that are believed to make up dark matter.
Retired and current faculty will assemble for Honors Day Convocation in academic dress no later than 5:10 p.m. in the Perkins Administration Building lobby and will process together to McFarlin Auditorium. A reception follows the Convocation in the Dallas Hall Quadrangle.
Later, the University presents several awards for excellence – including its highest honor, the “M” Award – during the 2012 Awards Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballrooms. Awards Extravaganza honorees will be listed in SMU Forum the day after the ceremony.
Photo from Honors Day Convocation 2011 by Hillsman S. Jackson