Research and Graduate Studies

Students put best work forward during 2012 Research Day Feb. 10

Graduate students present their research during SMU's 2011 Research DayMore than 80 SMU graduate students (and a select number of undergraduates) from a wide variety of disciplines will present their best work today as part of the University’s 2012 Research Day. All SMU faculty, staff members and students are encouraged to visit the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballrooms from 2-4:30 p.m Friday, Feb. 10, to meet the student researchers and discuss their results.

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Faculty in the News: April 13, 2010

Geoffrey Orsak, Dean, Lyle School of Engineering, discussed his involvement with a new project designed to reach promising minority students in local high schools with Cheryl Hall of The Dallas Morning News for a column that appeared April 7, 2010.

Jim Quick, Dean, Research and Graduate Studies and professor in the Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Dedman College, discussed the potential threat of volcanic activity to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam for an article that appeared in Defense News April 5, 2010.

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 16, 2010

Showing their work: SMU graduate students will present their research in engineering and the natural and social sciences – and get valuable experience working with the formats they will use as professionals – during the University’s 2010 Research Day Feb. 16 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Poster presentations take place 2-4:30 p.m., and oral presentations from 12:30-4 p.m. An award of $250 will be given to the best presentation from each department with more than three presenters in attendance. Sponsored by Dean James Quick, Office of Research and Graduate Studies. For more information, contact Phyllis Payne, 214-768-4336.

Ash Wednesday service: The 2010 Lenten season begins with SMU’s ecumenical Ash Wednesday service beginning at 12:05 p.m. Feb. 17 in Perkins Chapel. University Chaplain Stephen Rankin will deliver the day’s message, “Testing Our Treasure.” The service is open to the entire SMU community. For more information, visit the Chaplain’s Office website.

Test your metal: SMU’s Meadows Wind Ensemble kicks off its spring performance schedule with “Heavy Metal,” an evening of works written for metal instruments. The program includes music by Gunther Schuller, Augusta Read Thomas, John Cage, Johann Hummel and SMU Professor Martin Sweidel – with a possible encore featuring the music of Metallica. The show begins at 8 p.m. Feb. 19 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. Buy tickets online or contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Clements Center 2010 Symposium poster artClements Center Public Symposium: The family histories of the American West will be the focus of the 2009-10 Annual Public Symposium presented by SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies. “On the Borders of Love and Power: Families and Kinship in the Intercultural American West” is cosponsored by the Center for the Southwest at the University of New Mexico, the Institute for the Study of the American West at the Autry National Center and the Clements Center. It will take place 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. Register online or contact the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, 214-768-3684.

Dec. 1 deadline for Research and Travel Grant Program

The fall deadline is fast approaching for faculty members applying to the 2010 Research and Travel Grant Program. The University Research Council will accept applications through Dec. 1, 2009.

All full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty members are eligible to submit proposals. For faculty members up for contract renewal, awards will be contingent upon renewal. Proposals from junior faculty and proposals that may lead in the near future to external funding are encouraged.

About 40 grants have been awarded annually for the past few years. Grants will not exceed $10,000 and must be used within 12 months of award.

Proposals may also be submitted for consideration during the Spring 2010 term; the deadline is April 1. There will not be a separate call for proposals for the April 1 deadline.

Find submission forms and guidelines at the University Research Council web page. For more information, call the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, 214-768-4336.

Seeking proposals for Research and Travel Grants

The University Research Council is now seeking proposals for its 2009 Research and Travel Grant Program, as announced by Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies James E. Quick in an e-mail to faculty members. The program awards about 40 grants per year according to SMU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies.

Funding will be available in two categories: Research Grants and Travel Grants. Full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members are eligible to apply. Faculty members who are up for contract renewal may receive an award contingent on outcome.

The proposal deadlines:

December 5, 2008: Research and Travel Grants (award decision by January 31, 2009)
April 1, 2009: Travel Grants only – Research Grant proposals will not be accepted (award decision by April 30, 2009)

All proposals must follow the guidelines set out by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Find forms and application instructions at SMU’s Graduate Studies website. For more information, contact the Office of Research and Graduate Studies at 8-4336.

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