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Teaming Up for Research

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Pace has announced the 19 pairings for the Summer 2015 Student Faculty Research Program—an ongoing initiative designed for students and faculty with similar interests to collaborate on extensive research projects.

Research is the lifeblood of innovation. As such, Pace continuously strives to remain at the forefront of cutting-edge developments across a multitude of emerging and established fields, and has furthered this commitment to excellence through the highly personalized Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Program—a program uniquely designed to merge students’ ambition with the expertise and experience of an academic mentor.

Since 2012, the Student-Faculty Research Program has enabled students and faculty with similar interests to collaborate on a project specifically tailored to their curiosities and aims over the course of an academic year. This year’s Summer 2015 program features 19 student-faculty pairings and a diverse set of concentrations—ranging from business economics (“Deconstructing the Aggregate Implications of Central Bank Behavior, Culture, and Communication”), to Russian (“Analyzing the Strategies Used to Translate Daniil Kharms’ Poetry”) to media psychology (“Use of Text Messaging to Promote or Inhibit Relationship Satisfaction”).

Given the highly personalized nature of the program, student and faculty pairings have been able to make great strides in rather specialized areas of academic study.

Marc Rinosa ’17, a business economics major in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, is currently working alongside Professor Mark Weinstock with the aim of uncovering behavioral tendencies and the cultural operational realities of financial organizations. Rinosa has found the experience quite rewarding thus far.

“In class you’re given resources, but here in research there’s so much going on,” said Rinosa. “You have to be completely flexible in what and how you do the research… You have a set of literature you’re reviewing and then you jump off that literature, and realize there’s something more to it.”

Rinosa also notes the program’s immense practicality in regards to career preparation.

“It’s a really good opportunity for students. I’d recommend it to anyone—to be able to talk about this to future employers, it’s not just a line on your resume. It’s something you can really talk about.”

Leora Trub, an assistant professor of psychology, has found working with students in this regard essential to the content of her research. Along with a few other students, Trub is working with students on creating an app that seeks to implement mindfulness techniques into our daily rituals with our technology—particularly as they pertain to texting and relationships.

“For me, they’re like my experts,” said Trub. “Who’s a better expert on tech than undergrad students?”

Trub also spoke to the experience’s ability to create an aura of excitement and enthusiasm surrounding academic research. 

“I definitely think that the creation of this brainchild really made my group of students incredibly tight knit, they became really open to talking about themselves, reflecting on themselves. By the end of the year there was just this close knit community at Pace that had developed, really small and very unique and very special.”

The Summer 2015 Student-Faculty Research Program will culminate later in the year, when pairings present their findings at the end-of-year showcase.