Dean`s Message: Research Opportunities Abound

Dean Nira Herrmann, PhD

Dean Nira Herrmann, PhD

Student-faculty joint research opportunities in Dyson College
One of Dyson’s strengths is the opportunity we provide students to work hand-in-hand with faculty on research, scholarly and creative projects. Many of our undergraduate students are able to publish and present their joint research and creative works in professional venues, an honor usually reserved for graduate students.

This summer we launched a new, competitive initiative: the Dyson student-faculty research grants which provided students with stipends and research funding so they could participate in a concentrated collaboration with Dyson faculty. The grants, among other things, allowed students to travel to foreign countries and study comparative politics, to use new scientific methods in Pace’s biochemistry labs, and to buy a camera to make a documentary film.

Dyson students have traveled all over Europe presenting their research at scholarly conferences. Even as this newsletter is published, one Dyson student is studying coral reefs in the Red Sea. You can follow her work on the Dyson College blog.

Every year the Dyson community gets the chance to celebrate the scholarly work of students at The Society of Fellows Annual Meeting. We are excited this year to extend our call for contributions beyond traditional scholarly papers to include the wide variety of creative activities within Dyson, including visual and performing arts, humanities, and the sciences. We hope to encourage greater participation in joint scholarly work by showcasing the amazing accomplishments of our students so other students become aware of their own potential to contribute to the development of new knowledge and creative works. All students, faculty, staff and alumni/ae are invited to attend the Annual Meeting which will be held March 1, 2009.

I hope you will enjoy reading this issue of the Dyson Digital Digest to learn about all of the exciting scholarly work that is happening within Dyson College.

Nira Herrmann, PhD
Dean, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences