The School of Graduate Studies' 13th Annual Scholarly Forum is set for March 11th and 12th in the Memorial Union. The annual conference showcases cutting edge research and creative scholarship from across the university's graduate community. Both graduate students and faculty will share their research in oral presentations, panels and posters. More than 190 submissions were received this year making this one of the largest in its thirteen-year history.
Interim dean, Dr Wayne Swisher said, "It's always such a pleasure to see the exceptional graduate research from around our campus as students and faculty come together in one location. With presentations from the Humanities, Sciences, Engineering and Education it is easy to appreciate the depth and breadth of our dynamic graduate community."
This year, the School of Graduate Studies again highlights outstanding faculty research through the Dean's Lecture Series and we are delighted to announce the 2014 speaker is Dr Susan Ellis-Felege. Dr Ellis-Felege's talk, "Birds' Eye View", will feature her research using nest cameras to understand avian ecology, and her collaborative Wildlife@Home project, bringing together UND biologists, computer scientists and the larger community to manage and analyze the vast digital data collections of video that enable the team to monitor nesting habits of North Dakota birds.
Furthering the focus on wildlife biology, the School of Graduate Studies is pleased to present the 2013 Distinguished Dissertation Award to Blake McCann, a PhD graduate of UND's Biology department now working at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Dr McCann will be presented with his award on Wednesday, 12 March at noon in the Lecture Bowl.
One of the largest events on the calendar is the research poster session that fills the ballroom for a lively two hours. This will be held Wednesday March 12 from 2pm to 4pm, and is a perfect opportunity to discover current research projects from each college. More than 90 posters will be on display.