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March 26, 2014 at 10:52 am

Today! Dean’s Lecture Series features Dr Susan Ellis Felege at #ScholarlyForum14

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Dr Susan Ellis-Felege, Wildlife Biologist, will discuss her research on avian ecology at noon today.

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.

Dr Ellis-Felege’s presentation is Tuesday, 11 March at 12noon in the Lecture Bowl at the Memorial Union. If you are not able to join us in the Lecture Bowl, you can view the presentation via our live stream at: https://conted.breeze.und.nodak.edu/birds/

The 2014 Scholarly Forum is March 11 & 12 on the University of North Dakota campus and is hosted by the School of Graduate Studies.The event is free and open to all.

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March 11, 2014 at 7:10 am

Facts and Figures for #ScholarlyForum14

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The School of Graduate Studies’ annual event starts tomorrow and continues Wednesday, showcasing graduate, undergraduate and faculty research and scholarship from around the UND campus. Here are some data on this year’s event:

  • 13th annual conference showcasing research and scholarship
  • Since 2002, more than 1830 oral presentations, posters and exhibits have been presented
  • This year we have 24 sessions featuring 20 departments and the Graduate Student Association
  • 102 oral presentations
  • 89 research posters in the Ballroom
  • 12 posters by McNair students
  • 2014 is the second largest Scholarly Forum
  • Dr Susan Ellis-Felege is the 2014 Dean’s Lecture presenter on Tuesday at noon. It will also be live streamed.
  • SGS will present the 2013 Dissertation Award to Blake McCann on Wednesday at noon

For details on sessions for each day, and to learn more about the 2014 Scholarly Forum visit the School of Graduate Studies website.

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March 10, 2014 at 8:07 am

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Showcasing research from College of Engineering and Mines at #ScholarlyForum 14

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The annual Scholarly Forum showcases graduate research from around UND

The School of Graduate Studies’ annual Scholarly Forum showcases graduate and faculty research and scholarship from across the University of North Dakota’s campus. One of the largest participants is the College of Engineering and Mines, with oral and poster presentations from Chemical, Mechanical, Civil, Sustainable Energy and Electrical Engineering and Geology. For the past few years, the College has used the forum as a perfect backdrop to showcase their students’ work.

This year’s event features presentations from various departments in the College, with topics such as:

  • Economic Dispatch for Power Systems with Renewable Generation, Siby Jose Plathottam (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Hossein Salehfar) Department of Electrical Engineering
  • A Legacy of Past Climate Change on Today’s Landforms, Risa Madoff (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Jaakko Putkonen) Department of Geology
  • On the Development of Fly Ash as a Cementitious Material, Surojit Gupta, M. F. Riyad, T. Hammann, R. Johnson (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Surojit Gupta) Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbial degradation of lignin for valuable chemicals production, Fnu Asina (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Yun Ji) Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Electroencephalogram Signal Processing Based on Pattern Recognition for Early Seizure Detection, Leila Azinfar (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Reza Fazel Rezai) Department of Electrical Engineering

Learn more about the session schedules for Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12, and the listings for the Poster session on Wednesday afternoon.

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March 7, 2014 at 9:03 am

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UND’s Graduate Student Association to host a panel at #ScholarlyForum14

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The University of North Dakota’s Graduate Student Association will host a panel session at the 2014 Scholarly Forum on Wednesday, March 12th at 1pm.

The panel, How to make the best out of your graduate school experience, will be lead by Masters and Doctoral students representing a variety of departments and who are close to graduation.

Join the GSA to discuss:

  • How to make THE MOST of the courses during your program
  • What are the BEST PRACTICES in writing a thesis or dissertation?
  • How to prepare for the JOB SEARCH while still in school

All graduate and professional students are invited and encouraged to attend.

Bring your questions and best practices to share with other graduate during the Q & A questions and learn more about our organization and what it can do for you as a graduate student.

The panel is scheduled for Wednesday March 12th at 1:00 pm in the Badlands Room. The Poster session will follow in the Ballroom at 2pm. Learn more about the 2014 Scholarly Forum on the School of Graduate Studies’ website.

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March 5, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Arts & Sciences at #ScholarlyForum14

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Arts & Sciences students are among those to present their research with orals and posters at the 2014 Scholarly Forum

The School of Graduate Studies‘ annual Scholarly Forum showcases the exceptional research and scholarship from the University of North Dakota‘s graduate community.

The College of Arts and Sciences has been hard at work researching and writing presentations for next week’s graduate Scholarly Forum. On Tuesday and Wednesday, their sessions will feature over forty oral presentations with topics such as:

  • Adsorption of hydrogen in covalent organic frameworks using Expanded Wang-Landau simulations, Aaron Koenig, Caroline Desgranges, Jerome Delhommelle (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Jerome Delhommelle) Department of Chemistry
  • American Imperialism in the Pacific: A Historiographical Investigation, Andrew Larson (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Hans Broedel) Department of History
  • New Perspectives on the Occurrence of Absolute Pitch, Greg Schultz (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Katherine Norman-Dearden) Department of Music
  • Quantitative Real Time PCR Analysis of An Activation Tagged P. tremula x P. alba Mutant R19-6 Resistant to White Mark Tussock Moth (Orgyia leucostigma) Feeding, Samuel Bandi, Heidi Connahs, Brett Gross, Steven Ralph (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Steven Ralph) Department of Biology
  • A perceptual study of correction focus in Akan, Afua Blay (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Amebu Seddoh) Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • Poe as Cultural Critic: The Rhetorical Position of Women in the “Dupin Tales”, Meghan Hurley, Rhiannon Conley-Pierson, Anna Kinney (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Heidi Czerwiec) Department of English

The 2014 Scholarly Forum is March 11 & 12 in the Memorial Union, University of North Dakota. To view the presentation schedules and the poster listing, click here.

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March 4, 2014 at 8:45 am

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Award presentation for outstanding dissertation at SF14

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Wildlife biologist, Blake McCann will accept his Distinguished Dissertation Award at the 2014 Scholarly Forum

Wildlife biologist, Blake McCann will accept his Distinguished Dissertation Award at the 2014 Scholarly Forum

The culmination of a graduate degree results in a dissertation, thesis or creative project and is the student’s opportunity to synthesize the body of knowledge with which they have worked closely for several years. It may also, in the case of a dissertation, demonstrate the contribution of new knowledge to the field of study. 

The School of Graduate Studies recognizes the outstanding work for students who graduated the previous academic year. Academic departments nominate their best graduates, and a committee of emeritus faculty reviews the nominations for award selection.

The 2013 Distinguished Dissertation Award will be presented to Blake McCann, PhD for his work Genetic Relationships for Wild Pigs (Sus scrofa) in the United States: Geographic Origins and Genotypic Distribution of the Species with Implications for Management during the 2014 Scholarly Forum on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 12:00 pm.  

Blake was unable to join us for the awards reception last year as he was beginning a new job as a Wildlife Biologist at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The School of Graduate Studies is pleased to invite Blake to campus during the Scholarly Forum to recognize his achievement. The timing is particularly fitting since graduate students from the UND Biology department are involved in a day long session of presentations about their graduate research topics.

The presentation will take place in the Lecture Bowl on the second floor of the Memorial Union.  The event is free and open to all. 

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March 3, 2014 at 9:36 am

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