SMU Research Day 2016



SMU Research Day 2016

Wednesday, February 10


Poster Session, Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Promenade Ballroom
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Research Day Registration for Poster Presentations – SMU

Submit Your Abstract Online

The first 160 abstract submissions will present at Research Day. All other submissions will be placed on a waitlist, and will be notified about your current status.

SMU graduate and undergraduate students are invited and encouraged to present results of ongoing and completed SMU-based research. 

The goal of this event is to foster communication between students in different disciplines, give students the opportunity to present their work in a professional setting, and share the outstanding research being conducted at SMU with their peers and industry professionals from the greater Dallas community.

A cash prize of $250 will be awarded to the best poster presentation from each department, provided there are at least three presenters from that discipline.  If the number is fewer than three, the best presentation will be chosen from a pool formed from underrepresented departments. Winners from 2015 are posted online, here.

To participate, please register online by January 27, 2016. Please be sure to include all of the information requested on the application. Late entries will be accommodated only as space and time permit.

For questions and concerns, please contact Sarah Sage at

Research and Graduate Studies, Perkins Administration Building, Suite 101

6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75275 | 214-768-4336






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2016-2017 Texas Space Grant Consortium Scholarships

Texas Space Grant has opened the 2016-2017 round of Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships

The Applications are open!!!

Announcements attached and detailed below:

1)   Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM)Columbia Crew Memorial
Scholarship – Funds Distributed Fall 2015 – DEADLINE TO APPLY IS April 29, 2016 – $1500.

2) TSGC Graduate Fellowship – Funds Distributed Fall 2015 – DEADLINE TO APPLY IS April 29, 2016 – $5000

$1,500 per student

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS April 29, 2016 – $1500.
Apply on line:

STEM Scholarship Announcement

These scholarships are intended to recognize high-quality students and encourage their consideration of graduate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields which will ultimately lead to careers in STEM related fields. The scholarships stress:
* Excellence in academics
* Participation in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics education projects * Participation in research projects * Exhibited leadership qualities

TSGC encourages participation by members of under-represented groups.


All TSGC Scholarship recipients must be:
1.  Citizens of the United States
2.  Registered for at least a half-time course load or more at a TSGC member institution in good standing as:
A) a sophomore at a 2 year institution or
B) a sophomore at a 4 year institution or
C) a junior or senior at a 4 year institution or
D) a first or second year student at a medical school

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Maria Mitchell Association – NSF

New research opportunity through NSF. Please consider applying!

From email:

I am writing to let you know about the NSF sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program at the Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) in Nantucket, MA.

Our award winning program, the recipient of the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, is currently soliciting applications for summer 2016.

The program offers paid, 10-week-long research experiences for six undergraduate students every summer.  Student projects range from studies of extra-solar planets and observations of variable stars, to studies of galaxy formation and evolution, and encompass a mix of both observational and theoretical based projects.

As part of the program, the MMA provides free student housing, a student stipend, and paid travel to and from Nantucket.  In addition, all students are encouraged to present their research at the annual winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in January 2017, also sponsored by the MMA.

I am attaching below a poster advertising our program.  I would very much appreciate it if you would print out and hang this poster in a well-trafficked area within your department.  I would also greatly appreciate your encouragement of any interested undergraduate students to apply to the program.  Please note, the application deadline is February 1, 2016.

REU information and application can be found here:

Presidential Award:

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NASA Summer 2016 Recruitment Letter for Student Interns with Disabilities Attached

To Prospective NASA Student Interns with Disabilities,

NASA is looking to increase the number of students with disabilities pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers through our regular internship programs. Disability means both physical and mental disabilities. NASA has a two-percent hiring goal for employment of people with disabilities and internships are a good way to get experience. However, this is not an employment program. NASA jobs can be found at <>. Students can apply for Summer 2016 internships starting in early November! The deadline for submitting applications is March 1, 2016. We will begin extending offers to students in early 2016 and will continue until all positions are filled. We encourage you to apply early because the best opportunities are likely to be filled early. Plus, your likelihood of being selected decreases the longer you wait. You can register for an account anytime at the One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI): NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships (NIFS) at Summer 2016 internships run for ten weeks for college students and six weeks for high school students. All student interns get paid. For example, last Summer, at Goddard college students received a stipend of $6,000 and high school students $2,100. As an intern, you are responsible for your own housing. NASA internships for college and high school students are also offered during Spring, Fall and Year Long Sessions through the OSSI website.

NASA has internships for high school students and for rising freshmen through doctoral students in STEM fields. A rising freshman is a high school student who has been accepted to an accredited institution of higher learning, i.e., a college or university, at the time of the internship. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for college and 3.0 for high school; however, applicants must understand that the competition for internships is keen. High school students must be at least sixteen years old at the time the internship begins.

Internships are available at all NASA centers nationwide. Students can submit a completed application whether they apply to an opportunity or not. However, applying to opportunities has the advantage of allowing applicants to be considered by mentors who work in disciplines of interest and at a particular center. Applicants may apply to as many as fifteen opportunities.

For example, an opportunity having to do with the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) will be at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland because SDO is located there. Not applying to an opportunity means that prospective interns will be hoping that a mentor happens to read their applications rather than directing their applications to mentors in fields and at centers of interest.

Students who are selected for Summer internships will receive an offer letter by E-mail sometime after January 15, 2016. They will then have five days to either accept or reject the offer through their OSSI: NIFS account. The offer will automatically expire after five days if no action is taken.

Please feel free to contact me for more information or help with applying.

Kenneth A. Silberman, Esq.

U.S. Supreme Court, Maryland, & Patent Bars

B.A., M.Eng., J.D.

NASA Engineer & Registered Patent Attorney

Education Office Code 160

NASA/GSFC Mailstop 160

Bldg. 28 Rm. N165

Greenbelt, MD  20771, USA

Voice:  (301) 286-9281

Fax:  (301) 286-1655


Office Location:                 Building 28 Room W151

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Engaged Learning Senior Application Cycle is OPEN

Engaged Learning Senior Application Cycle is open now!
Deadline to apply – September 15!

Are you a SMU senior who will graduate Dec 2015 or Jan 2016?
Are you a SMU faculty or staff member who is directing a senior in a capstone-level project?

Important information -Senior projects, independent studies, theses, honors or distinction research, and other amazing creative community activities count as Engaged Learning projects. Get them listed on your transcripts.

Apply now at

Come to Engaged Learning for Graduating Seniors: what, why, how
Tues, Aug 25 or Wed, Aug 26 in Clements G11 or
Contact Engaged Learning at engagedlearning

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Hamilton Scholars Applications are NOW OPEN

I am pleased to announce that the Hamilton Scholars Program (supporting Undergraduate Research Assistants) has been graciously funded for another year by Dan Hamilton and Diane Buford, the children of Jack and Jane Hamilton. They continue to be impressed by the collaborative research on this campus that engages faculty with undergraduate students.

The program is now accepting proposals the Academic Year 2015-2016. The deadline is Friday, AUGUST 28, 2015.

All Hamilton Scholar proposals (maximum length 2 pages) should identify the student and the student’s background and contain a brief description of the project the student will be working on as well as the time frame–one semester, two semesters. Please also include the student’s ID number and best contact telephone number. Academic year Hamilton Awards can be matched by University Awards making $3000/academic year available or $1500/semester. Normally students are paid at the rate of $10/hour and hence can work up to 150 hours/semester. (For more information on the Hamilton Scholars program, see the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute website:

Please note that all projects involving Hamilton Scholars must be meaningful research and learning experiences for the students involved, but they also should help faculty members to advance their research. The funds should be used to compensate the student but budgets can include up to $200 for research expenses. The Hamilton funds have also been supporting travel to professional meetings for Hamilton Scholar students who wish to present their work at a national forum. Applications for such awards are on a case by case basis.

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Research / Engaged Learning Project Opportunity!

Dear student researchers,

Please see below an opportunity to engaged in research related to economic/entrepreneurial strategies to improve the financial state of full-time Methodist ministers. You could turn this into an Engaged Learning Project and be supported by URA as well.


“Engaged Learning Project Opportunity: Researching Entrepreneurial Methods to Improving the Economic Condition of Full-Time Methodist Ministers

The Perkins School of Theology recently won a grant to study why ministers are leaving the profession. A key hypothesis is that the current economics of a full-time Methodist minister is inadequate and thus the increasing trend of exits from the profession.

The research component I am working on, and am seeking an Engaged Learning (EL) student’s assistance, is to propose entrepreneurial methods to improving a full-time Methodist minister’s economic situation. The student research will include researching the state-of-the-art in community-based funding programs, as well as social media implemented financial support strategies, and then make recommendations to Methodist leadership.

I am seeking a student by Feb 28, 2015. If accepted by Engaged Learning, you will receive some financial support for your efforts from EL, augmented with some funds from the grant if needed.

Dr. Simon Mak
Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship
SMU Cox Dept of Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Business Economics
Associate Director
SMU Cox Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship

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Spring 2015 TSGC Design Challenge!

Dear student researchers,
Please see a flyer and information below about the 2015 TSGC Design Challenge. The program offers more than $1000 in team funding throughout the semester, plus competitive scholarships. Deadline is January 30, 2015 and you can find more information at

TDC_Notebook_S15 announcement Flyer

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Microgravity Student Research Opportunity – Jan 28!

Dear student researchers,

Please see below a flyer with some information for a new microgravity student research opportunity. The deadline to apply is January 28. Learn more here:


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Big iDeas Business Plan Application Deadline – Jan 25

Hi all,

Below please see information regarding the upcoming Big iDeas Business Plan application cycle. If you have a great business idea, develop a business plan and pitch in front of a panel of judges on Fri, Jan 30 at the Big iDeas Business Plan Competition and you could win up to $5000!

BP Competition digital sign

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