51 students to take on Engaged Learning projects in 2013-14

Engaged Learning students for 2013-14SMU’s Office of Engaged Learning has selected 51 undergraduates from throughout the University to take on self-designed projects in research, civic engagement, creative work and internships in 2013-14.

The students will participate through the SMU Engaged Learning initiative and will work with 39 different faculty and staff mentors in 12 countries to complete their projects.

The University community will have the opportunity to meet the 2013-14 Engaged Learners for pizza and discussion of their projects at the 2013 Engaged Learning Meet-Up, scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.

Learn more about the meet-up at SMU’s Engaged Learning homepage

The new Engaged Learning cohort represents another significant increase in the total number of participating students. Thirty-seven undergraduates undertook Unbridled Projects during 2012-13; three conducted projects during the program’s first year in 2011-12.

The Office of Engaged Learning provides institutional support for SMU’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), created as part of the University’s reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). “Engaged Learning Beyond the Classroom” allows all SMU undergraduate students to participate in at least one extensive experiential learning activity prior to graduation.

A full list of students pursuing 2013-14 Unbridled Projects appears below the link.

Engaged Learning Projects, 2013-14 

Research 

• Junior physics and mechanical engineering major Joshua Abramovitch will create a simple and inexpensive device that can be used to accurately measure gamma and X-ray flux and calculate radiation dose rates. His faculty mentor is Andy Liu, Physics, Dedman College.

• Junior psychology major Mariam Alaka will work at an orphanage in Nigeria that serves children whose parents have succumbed to AIDS and, while there, gauge children’s knowledge and prevention of HIV/AIDS. Her faculty mentor is George Holden, Psychology, Dedman College.

• Junior sociology and Spanish major Raha Assadi will study the effectiveness of a dropout prevention program in Plano Independent School District directed towards Hispanic girls. Her faculty mentor is Sheri Kunovich, Sociology, Dedman College.

• Junior Lauryn Bodden, majoring in communications studies and applied physiology and sports management, has begun a food-as-culture project locally and, while studying in London, will expand her knowledge of the glocal food movement, comparing Londoners’ attitudes about food and eating habits with those of Americans. Her faculty mentor is Owen Lynch, Communications Studies, Meadows School of the Arts.

• Junior management and organizations major Daniel Brock will explore, through self- and social awareness, how ethical decision-making for the energy industry and lawmakers can be both profitable and free of political and personal biases. His mentor is Maria Richards, Geothermal Laboratory, Dedman College.

• Junior chemistry major Kevin Bruemmer will develop original 13C MRI contrast agents to detect chemical species important in clinical and biological processes. His faculty mentor is Alex Lippert, Chemistry, Dedman College.

• Junior Morgan Cain, majoring in markets and culture and economics, will research economic, socio-political and personal movements impacting organizational structures in Moscow to identify key relationship and factors that will lead to the widespread adoption of eco-friendly practices. Her faculty mentor is Anne Lincoln, Sociology, Dedman College.

• Sophomore mechanical engineering major Aaron Chu will evaluate the performance of the iFlame laser transmitter before, during and after irradiation to examine its viability for usage on the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. His faculty mentor is Annie Xiang, Physics, Dedman College.

• Junior marketing major Kalindi Dinoffer will research profiles of female entrepreneurs in the United States and produce an academic paper on the similarities and differences of self-employed and employed women. Her faculty mentor is Maria Minniti, Entrepreneurship, Cox School of Business.

• Sophomore biological sciences major Fantine Giap will develop and distribute cancer information pamphlets to patients in Vietnam and then develop a mathematical model to assess the spread of health knowledge in Vietnamese public hospitals. Her faculty mentor is Thomas Carr, Mathematics, Dedman College.

• Junior religious studies and communication studies major Michael Graves will research effective communication practices of the United Methodist Church and contribute to a chapter of Maria Dixon’s book, In Between Sundays – Strategic Communication in the Church. Dr. Dixon, Communication Studies, Meadows School of the Arts, is his faculty mentor.

• Junior Derek Hawkes, majoring in music performance and arts management and arts entrepreneurship, will research the successes and failures of technology usage by orchestras for revenue-increasing purposes, and publish a set of effective mobile use guidelines for similar groups. His faculty mentor is Maria Dixon, Communication Studies, Meadows School of the Arts.

• Sophomore English major Preston Hutcherson will enroll in the same humanities course at two institutions, SMU and Richland College, to explore the extent to which the value of a course is tied to the amount we pay for it. His faculty mentor is Tim Cassedy, English, Dedman College.

• Sophomore biological sciences major Janice Kim will assess the health and cancer literacy of Vietnamese women and explore various sources from which these women are able to obtain their health information. Her faculty mentor is Carolyn Smith-Morris, Anthropology, Dedman College.

• Sophomore biochemistry and French major Christina Lollar will research sulfur ylide and develop a novel sulfur ylide mediated synthetic technique for the preparation of benzil derivatives. Her faculty mentor is Alex Lippert, Chemistry, Dedman College.

• Junior human rights and political science major Emily Mankowski will research the historical racism of the Aboriginal people in Australia to shed light on present-day discrimination as well as efforts to remediate discrimination. Her faculty mentor is Rick Halperin, Embrey Human Rights Program, Dedman College.

• Sophomore Kyle Nakatsuka – majoring in biological sciences, Spanish, Latin American and Iberian studies, and human rights – will research urban revitalization in communities with deep socioeconomic needs and strong movements towards cultural self-determination, comparing contemporary native American communities of Taos and Hawai’i. His faculty mentor is Mike Adler, Anthropology/SMU-in-Taos, Dedman College.

• Sophomore mathematics and creative computation major Gabriella Padgett will study the environment that fosters success in the classroom and the ability to think and perform creatively, comparing peer education in the U.S. and China. Her faculty mentor is Ira Greenberg, Computer Science and Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, director of the Center of Creative Computation in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts.

• Sophomore biochemistry and mathematics major Anish Patel will research the functionalization of carbosiliane-thioether dendrimers. His faculty mentore is David Son, Chemistry, Dedman College.

• Junior Sean Potter, majoring in psychology and management and organizations, will investigate the impact of transient measurement error on personality assessment in a diverse community sample. His faculty mentor is Michael Chmielewski, Psychology, Dedman College.

• Junior sociology major Rebecca Swarm, using the Café Momentum program as her subject of study, will research the traits, attributes and experiences that increase the likelihood of success of young men enrolled in the program. Her faculty mentor is Sheri Kunovich, Sociology, Dedman College.

• Junior biological sciences and chemistry major Charles Wysocki will research the molecular mechanism of lifespan extension through dietary restriction. His faculty mentor is Johannes Bauer, Biological Sciences, Dedman College.

Continuing 2012-13 Research Projects 

• Junior chemistry and mechanical engineering major Eric Alt is designing a compound to remove heavy metals from polluted environments. His faculty mentor is Dieter Cremer, Chemistry, Dedman College.

• Senior communication studies major Basma Raza is researching societal perceptions of herself as female, Muslim, married, and student, to explore similarities within differences between cultures and ethnicities. Her faculty mentor is Owen Lynch, Communication Studies, Meadows School of the Arts.

Civic Engagement 

• Sophomore management and organizations major Juliana Bond will work toward developing a viable model of organic and sustainable micro-farming techniques as part of the SMU Community Garden project. Her faculty mentor is Elaine Heath, Center for Missional Wisdom, Perkins School of Theology.

• Junior marketing and world languages and literatures major Matthew Cody will organize and lead a service trip to Panama for the SMU Spanish Club. His faculty mentor is Angie Moron-Nozaleda, World Languages and Literatures, Dedman College.

• Junior international studies major Delanah Colbert will work with UBELONG in Cusco, Peru to develop and deliver a culturally relevant health education program addressing nutritional disorders. Her faculty mentor is Carolyn Smith-Morris, Anthropology, Dedman College.

• Junior psychology major Maria Cole will develop a life-skills training program for adults focusing on positive parenting and child-rearing success. Her faculty mentor is Dara Williams-Rossi, Teaching and Learning, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

• Junior biological sciences and journalism major Parminder Deo will contribute to the SMU Residential Commons initiative by researching the University of Oxford’s long-standing residential commons model. His mentor is Jeff Grim, Residence Life and Student Housing.

• Senior public relations and communication studies major Jordan Fields will create a communications plan for the SMU Spanish Club. Her faculty mentor is Rita Linjuan Men, Communication Studies, Meadows School of the Arts.

• Junior biochemistry major Zachary Friske, along with Mustang EMS and the SMU Office of Risk Management, will develop and launch an SMU Cardiovascular Incident Prevention/Response Program. His mentor is Lee Arning, Emergency Preparedness, Office of Risk Management.

• Sophomore accounting and English major Hanan Hassan, volunteering with Vision on Africa, will develop a life skills tool kit of basic business concepts as a result of working with economically deprived women and youth of Yeka sub-city, Ethiopia. Her faculty mentor is Maribeth Kuenzi, Management and Organizations, Cox School of Business.

• Junior anthropology and international studies major Ghazala Janmohamed will assemble traveling displays of archeological and ethnographic materials from Picuris Pueblo, presently stored at SMU-in-Taos, to educate the public about the long span of human occupation in the Northern Rio Grande region, New Mexico. Her faculty mentor is Mike Adler, Anthropology/SMU-in-Taos, Dedman College.

• Sophomore Spanish and psychology major Danielle Katz will use her Spanish skills and education minor to volunteer at an over-populated kindergarten in Cuzco, Peru through the non-profit UBECI. Her faculty mentor is Renata Égüez, World Languages and Literatures, Dedman College.

• Junior history major Fernando Lira, along with League of United Latin American Citizens Council and Upward Bound, will develop a mentorship program for youth in the Pleasant Grove community of Dallas. His faculty mentor is Barbara Morganfield, Teaching and Learning, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

• Sophomore mathematics and computer science and engineering major Derek Phanekham will work on the SMU Community Garden project with the intent to develop it as an interdisciplinary learning site to learn about viable, small-scale agricultural models transferable to blighted urban neighborhoods. His faculty mentor is Elaine Heath, Center for Missional Wisdom, Perkins School of Theology.

• Sophomore finance major Daisuke Takeda will expand Green Riba, an e-commerce and traditional micro-finance storefront, to connect West Dallas and SMU-based artists to larger, national markets. His mentor is Regina Nippert, Center on Communities and Education, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

• Sophomore mathematics major Lucy Yu, with Global Medical Brigades Panama, will coordinate a doctor-shadowing experience this summer for pre-health students with the intent to develop a SMU Medical Brigades club. Her faculty mentor is Miroslava Detcheva, World Languages and Literatures, Dedman College.

Continuing 2012-13 Community Service Projects 

• Senior Tanya Arora, majoring in psychology and management and organizations, is designing a training program for universities and colleges to reduce the adverse effects of annual leadership change in student organizations. Her faculty mentor is Maribeth Kuenzi, Management and Organizations, Cox School of Business.

• Junior mechanical engineering major Drake Frank is modifying a stationary diesel engine to run off of coconut oil to be introduced to Kenyan families to provide sustainable energy through Kenyan Agriculture Commodity Exchange Ltd. His faculty mentor is Tindaro Ioppolo, Mechanical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering.

• Junior art history major Sarah Montonchaikul, while interning with the Mugello Valley Archaeological Project in Italy, learned conservation techniques and is documenting the process as instructional materials for the project. Her mentor is Greg Warden, Franklin College, Switzerland.

• Junior mechanical engineering major Richard Nixon is expanding a group microfinance project into Dallas’ Vickery Meadow community with the creation of business development workshops. His faculty mentor is Jim Bryan, B.B.A. Admissions, Cox School of Business.

• Sophomore business administration major Ashley Wali is working with the Nari Project in Bangladesh to address needs of women suffering from domestic violence. Her faculty mentor is Rick Halperin, Embrey Human Rights Program, Dedman College.

• Junior French major Miller Walker is developing and will deliver an after-school French program for homeless children in the DISD school system and connect them with school children in France. His faculty mentor is Heather Pelletier, World Languages and Literatures, Dedman College.

Creative Work 

• Junior theatre major Claire Carson will write a script and produce a play to be produced by SMUST, Meadows student theatre organization, based on her experience as a volunteer at Kidane Meheret Children’s Home in Ethiopia. Her faculty mentor is Gretchen Smith, Theatre Studies, Meadows School of the Arts.

• Junior advertising major Maria Cross will create a short film to compare and contrast attitudes towards gun policy within the United Kingdom and the United States. Her faculty mentor is Brice Campbell, Advertising, Meadows School of the Arts.

• Junior Thomas Gelo, majoring in theatre and film and media arts, will bring to life the view of a foreign culture from the eyes of a study-abroad student through the medium of an Avant Garde film. His faculty mentor is Gretchen Smith, Theatre Studies, Meadows School of the Arts.

• Junior civil engineering major Taylor Henry will research, develop and implement a sustainable, scalable and replicable system to provide drinking water to a community that relies only on solar energy. His faculty mentor is Andrew Quicksall, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering.

• Junior theatre major Kristen Kelso, while studying abroad in London, will research street performers and create a solo performance piece to communicate the challenging art of street performance. Her faculty mentor is Gretchen Smith, Theatre Studies, Meadows School of the Arts.

• First-year mathematics and computer science and engineering major Thomas Kennedy will develop a web server for iGiddyUp, an iOS application which will improve the efficiency of the SMU Giddy Up system. His faculty mentor is Mark Fontenot, Computer Science and Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering.

• First-year computer science and engineering major Patrick Leopard II will develop an implementation plan for iGiddyUp, iOS application which will improve the efficiency of the SMU Giddy Up system. His faculty mentor is Mark Fontenot, Computer Science and Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering.

• Junior theatre major Lauren Mishoe will create a mixed-media solo performance as a result of her time abroad studying female empowerment of the Maori people in New Zealand. Her faculty mentor is Rhonda Blair, Theatre, Meadows School of the Arts.

• Junior creative computation and studio art major Mikaila Muñoz will produce a robot prototype as a hands-on educational toy to be used to promote learning about electronics and programming in children, ages 3 to 12. Her faculty mentor is Brittany Ransom, Digital/Hybrid Media and Video Art, Meadows School of the Arts.

• Sophomore theatre and French major Mei Mei Pollitt will attend the Festival D’Avignon, an arts extravaganza, in summer 2013 and produce a media-based performance of her own and begin a database of global art festivals for the Meadows community. Her faculty mentor is Gretchen Smith, Theatre Studies, Meadows School of the Arts.

• Junior dance and advertising major Alexandria Stinger, while studying in London, will learn about the symbiotic relationship between urbanism, art and humanity and create a solo dance performance on those themes. Her faculty mentor is Shelley Berg, Dance, Meadows School of the Arts.

• Junior film and media arts major Rachel Wilson will produce a short film and installation piece of British hip-hop culture based on her exploration of the topic in London this summer. Her faculty mentor is Shelley Berg, Dance, Meadows School of the Arts.

Internship 

• Senior dance and art history major Morgan Beckwith will intern with Mystic Ballet professional dance company to gain inside knowledge about the administrative and artistic sides of a successful contemporary dance company. Her faculty mentor is Shelley Berg, Dance, Meadows School of the Arts.

• Junior Spanish and communication studies major An Phan will be a congressional intern in Washington, D.C. to learn about U.S. policy making. Her mentor is Rick Garza, University Honors Program.

• Junior art history and English major Meredith Tavallaee will intern at the Musée du Louvre in Paris and research recent acquisitions to the sculpture collections. Her faculty mentor is Pamela Patton, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts.

 

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