At SMU's Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Dean David Chard and Associate Professor Leanne Ketterlin Geller are conducting research on the mathematics performance of students in Kenya. The three-year project, which is in its first year, is a joint effort between RTI International, USAID and the Kenyan Ministry of Education.
Ricardo is a graduate student in the Huffington Department of Earth Sciences in Dedman College. During summer 2011, he traveled with researchers to Mozambique in southeastern Africa to collect vertebrate fossils.
Graduate students at the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering and Andrew Quicksall, the J. Lindsay Embrey Trustee Assistant Professor at the Lyle School, are traveling to Africa in fall 2011 as part of a new water quality research program in refugee camps. The group is bringing back water samples for analysis in SMU labs, where undergraduate and graduate students are searching for elevated levels of contaminants that can cause health problems.
Roza is a junior Hunt Scholar and Mustang Scholar majoring in communication studies in Meadows School of the Arts and political science in Dedman College. During summer 2011, she is participating in SMU-in-South Africa, a four-week study program that introduces students to South African history and culture. She plans to take two courses: "The African Diaspora: Literature and Culture of Black Liberation" as well as "Music Theater Workshop, West Side Story." Roza then travels to Washington, D.C., where she is interning at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars with the center's Global Health Initiative.
Larry is a junior majoring in political science and history, with a minor in Arabic, in Dedman College. A recipient of a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, he is studying with SMU-in-Morocco during summer 2011 as part of an intensive five-week course dedicated to intermediate-level Arabic. He is staying in the city of Meknes and plans to take excursions to Tangiers and Spain.
Erica is a junior majoring in art history in Meadows School of the Arts and international studies in Dedman College, with a minor in Italian. She also is a Hatton W. Sumners Scholar. In fall 2010, Erica will be taking classes in Egyptology and Middle Eastern studies at the American University in Cairo with SMU-in-Cairo. She hopes to learn as much Arabic as possible while traveling throughout the region.
Brian Fennig, a lecturer in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, is traveling to South Africa in summer 2010: "Robben Island, Table Mountain, vineyards, car-jacking baboons, beauty, poverty, racial division and unity; not to mention the multitude of nations coming for the 2010 World Cup Soccer Finals. This is Cape Town, South Africa, and I'll be sharing my travel experiences with you this summer."
During Spring Break 2010, students and faculty are volunteering in Uganda with the Ugandan American Partnership Organization (UAPO), a nonprofit founded by SMU graduate Brittany Merrill ’07 that supports women and children in their communities.
Heather is a senior majoring in history and medieval studies in Dedman College, with a minor in art history in Meadows School of the Arts, and a recipient of the Gilman International Scholarship to Egypt. In Fall 2009, she will continue her studies in Arabic and Egyptology in her second semester at the American University in Cairo. Learn more about the SMU-in-Cairo program.
Laura is a senior journalism major in Meadows School of the Arts with minors in art history, photography and human rights. In August 2009 she is participating in the Human Rights Education Program trip to Rwanda, where the group will visit sites including the Nyarubuye Genocide Memorial and Urukundo Home for Children.