2017 Graduate Student Expo Preview
Great minds are hard at work every day here at UC. You know about the great things happening in your own circle, but have you ever wondered what grad students from other disciplines are up to? The Graduate Student Expo gives you the chance to experience the best of graduate student research, scholarship and creative works all in one place. With over 130 participants representing diverse programs from DAAP, to the College of Medicine, to the College of Engineering and Applied Science, this event (and the free pizza!) brings the graduate community together.
Taking place on Friday, February 10 at Tangeman University Center Great Hall from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Expo will feature a Poster Forum, Fine Arts Gallery and Three Minute Thesis competition. With guest judges from prominent Cincinnati employers and attendees from a range from backgrounds, the event offers a unique networking opportunity. There will also be a free pizza lunch at noon—and even though that’s plenty to get excited about, this is just the beginning of what you’ll find at the Expo.
Poster Presentations: 9 a.m. to Noon
With 90 different posters covering a wide range of subject areas, there’s something for everyone to discover. Poster categories include Arts & Humanities, Life Sciences & Medicine, Physical Sciences & Engineering and Social & Behavioral Sciences. Get a small preview of the presentations below, and see the full list of participants in the Graduate Student Expo Booklet.
From romance languages & literatures, Eugenia Mazur and María Carmen Hernández present “Liquid Identities: The Poetics of Water in Accented Cinema.” Their research analyzes how water, as the most basic element of human life, provides a representation of how individuals live. They discuss the significant consequences of water in modern societies.
From industrial hygiene, Bingbing Wu presents “A Novel Respirator Seal Integrity Monitor for Controlling Inhalation Exposure of Firefighters.” This study develops and validates a wearable continuous Respirator Seal Integrity Monitor (ReSIM) that can rapidly detect respirator leakage in real time. Alerting the user to a sudden increase in inhalation exposure, the ReSIM prototype could save firefighters’ lives.
From civil engineering, Wenlong Zhang presents “Fatigue Life Prediction of Adhesive Joints in the Automotive Industry.” Composite and adhesive joints are being used more and more in the automotive industry, thanks to government regulations and mechanical advantages. This research offers a method to predict the fatigue of these adhesive joints.
From business administration, Bryan Buechner presents “Optimizing Self-Control as a Function of Political Ideology: The Importance of Vigilant Versus Adaptive Strategies.” This research finds that conservatives excel at tasks that require vigilance, whereas liberals excel at tasks that require adaptation. The experiment demonstrates the importance of using different strategies to increase self-control.
Fine Arts Gallery: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Here at UC, artistic creativity can be found in every college. Glimpse into the creative minds of students from various disciplines in the Fine Arts Gallery.
Olivia Bruner and Davida Casey’s “Dual Becomings: Expressions Inspired by the Power of Writing’s Tactility, the Lure of Embodied Meaning-Making, and the Art of Words” explores the ways in which writing functions for designers who engage in research. Carolyn Wagner’s “Something Borrowed” is a short documentary about a World War II parachute wedding dress. Hannah Flood’s “The Science of Sodium Silicate” is an art piece created with sodium silicate and fire.
Discover how any area of study—even chemistry—can be translated into art!
Three Minute Thesis: Noon to 2 p.m.
Could you summarize thousands of words in just 180 seconds of speech? Twenty-seven students will step up to the challenge as they present their research, with only a single, static PowerPoint slide to illustrate their words. Originally developed by the University of Queensland in Australia, the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) contest is a great opportunity to learn about research happening throughout UC in a fast-paced and engaging way.
Nathan McGee, a mental health counseling student, will present on student athletes’ substance use behaviors. Nataraja Sarma Vaitinadin, an epidemiology student, will examine disease prevention using artificial intelligence. Nehal Elmeligy, a women’s studies student, will discuss Egyptian women’s fight for independence.
These students, along with others from diverse disciplines, will compete to wow the judges. The winner will receive a $100 award, as well as registration to compete in the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools’ regional 3MT® competition in Indianapolis. Second- and third-place winners will be awarded $75 and $50, respectively.
Any other day of the year, you’d have to put in a lot of time and effort to discover what other students are working on. The Expo makes it easy to see the cool things your fellow Bearcats are dreaming up. If you’re into learning new things, expanding your network and eating free pizza—who isn’t?—then you know the place to be on February 10!
Written by Dakota Wright, Graduate Assistant to the Graduate School Office