Student teams who received Big iDeas grants to investigate challenges facing Dallas will report on their progress Friday, November 22, at SMU’s Big iDeas Fall Symposium. The symposium is at 9:30 a.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum and will be followed by a reception.

Big iDeas at SMU, an undergraduate research program in the Office of the Provost, awarded grants of up to $5,000 to the interdisciplinary teams in spring 2013. The students submitted proposals to study solutions to issues in “Big D,” including illiteracy, poverty and environmental and health issues. Their proposals were reviewed by a panel of faculty members, students and Dallas community members.

Student teams that will be presenting Friday are:

  • “Green Riba,” a continuing project that provides financial services and zero-interest microloans in West Dallas; presented by Rahfin Faruk and Daisuke Takeda.
  • “The Green City Initiative,” which proposes an aquaponics system for SMU’s Community Garden; presented by Julianna Bond, Derek Phanekham and Jewel Lipps.
  • “Disaster Assessment of Dallas,” an assessment of the region’s natural and manmade environmental hazards; presented by Mayisha Zeb Nakib and Christina Stewart.
  • “The Oasis Express,” a shuttle service to the White Rock Lake Market; presented by Gabriella Padgett, Lisa Walters and Paul Curry.
  • “Open Minds,” a continuing project that provides mentors to teens in foster care; presented by Snow Nguyen and Kiara Benson.
  • “Reading for a Reason,” a project to improve literacy rates in Dallas; presented by Carissa Grisham, Kayce Pederson and Emily Towler.
  • “Beyond,” a clothing line that supports people living in poverty; presented by Hunter Rice and Matthew Edwards.