Summer Research Conference Set
Occidental’s signature Summer Research Conference, set for Aug. 1, will feature presentations by more than 90 students in wide range of fields, with topics ranging from artificial language and the geologic history of the Sierra Nevadato dark matter detection and urban homelessness.
The conference keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Soroosh Shambayati ’86, a chemistry and mathematics major at Occidental who earned graduate degrees at Harvard and Yale and today is the London-based head of Fixed Income Emerging Markets, Europe, for Lehman Brothers.
The annual summer conference is a mainstay of Occidental’s award-winning Undergraduate Research Program. Over the past eight years, more than 800 Occidental students have received funding to undertake joint summer research with faculty – research that frequently leads to published articles in peer-reviewed journals.
This year’s conference reflects student collaboration with 50 faculty members from 21 academic departments. While the sciences – biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and mathematics – are well represented, half of the projects being presented in poster sessions and oral presentations are based in the social sciences and the humanities.
Occidental routinely has the largest contingent of participants at the Southern California Conference on Undergraduate Research of any participating school; that was the case at the 2006 conference, for which Occidental was the host. This past spring, 25 Occidental students were invited to present at the National Undergraduate Research Conference – a total greater than that of any other nationally ranked liberal arts college and of UCLA, Caltech, Yale, and Stanford combined.
Poster sessions (1:15-2:15 p.m.) will be held in Samuelson Pavilion, while oral presentations (9-11:15 a.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m.) will be made in Johnson and Fowler halls, and in Johnson Student Center. The 11:30 a.m. keynote address will be in Alumni Auditorium in Johnson Hall.