Graduate Student Government Hosts Graduate Research Symposium

Author: Mary Hendriksen

GSU Research Symposium 2010

On Friday, January 22, the Graduate Student Government hosted Notre Dame’s second Graduate Research Symposium in the Jordan Hall of Science. The symposium, which was supported by the Graduate School, and the Colleges of Engineering, Science, and Arts and Letters, showcased the accomplishments of Notre Dame graduate students by bringing together research from the four divisions of the Graduate School: engineering, humanities, science, and social science. The goal of the event was to provide a scholarly but informal environment to facilitate conversations between graduate students and symposium guests.

In fall of 2009, the Graduate Student Government announced a call for abstracts to all graduate students. From the abstracts submitted, six or seven student delegates were selected for each division by a panel of faculty reviewers. At the symposium, the student delegates presented their research in a poster format.

The best presentation of research in each division, as selected by a panel of judges, received a $500 prize, and the runner-up received a $100 prize.

The winners are:


Sean Branagan (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
A Prototype Device for Futuristic Chemical Sensing: The Plasmonic Nanocapillary Array Reactor

Robert McKeon (Computer Science and Engineering)
Three-Dimensional Facial Imaging Using a Static Light Screen (SLS) and a Dynamic Subject


Charles Leavitt (Literature)
“Representations of the Crisis”: Rethinking the Response to Fascism in Italian Literature

Maria Rogacheva (History)
“Enlightened Apparatchik”: Reading the Diary of Anatoly Chernyaev


Ian V. Lightcap (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
Anchoring Semiconductor and Metal Nanoparticles on a 2D Catalyst Mat.

Karsten Steinhaeuser (Computer Science and Engineering)
Descriptive and Predictive Analysis of Climate Data Using Complex Networks

Social Science:

Errol Philip (Psychology)
Depression and Long-term Cancer Survivorship

Christopher Morrissey (Sociology)
Religious Advocates Support War and Peace: Distinct Moral Orders Debate the Iraq War