Faculty to discuss research at annual Publications and Grants celebration

More than 250 works by CMC faculty will be on display at the third annual Faculty Publications and Grants celebration on February 15. Numerous professors will be on hand to discuss their research, published in 2018, at McKenna Auditorium.

“The event is an opportunity for the CMC community to come together and not just celebrate faculty and student research, but to talk to others about it,” said Shana Levin, associate dean of the faculty, Crown Professor of Psychology, and George R. Roberts Fellow. “The event brings alive what our faculty invests so much time and energy in. Students hear about research in class, but may not understand the scope of it. Seeing the publications and talking about them does that.”

Books, articles, and creative works written or co-written by CMC faculty, including summaries of external grants that faculty received last year, will be showcased. The celebration runs from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to the public. The display will also remain on view in McKenna Auditorium through Family Weekend (Feb. 16, 1-3 p.m.). A complete listing of projects and abstracts is available online.

Student researchers also have a significant stake in the event as collaborators on many of the research projects, said Levin. “CMC is off the charts on research opportunities for students,” she said. “We view research as an essential part of the learning experience.”

Students have another opportunity to participate in research projects through CMC’s new Summer Research Program. The program, led by associate professor of psychology Piercarlo Valdesolo, includes full-time research work in a range of disciplines, as well as weekly lunch seminars and off-campus events for faculty and students.

“Whether it's a faculty member's project or a project that students design themselves, CMCers will have the time and resources to do a deep dive on a question or idea while gaining valuable research experience,” said Valdesolo.

Applications are due March 1. More information about the Summer Research Program is available online.

—Susan Price