Presentation Title

Mentoring Student Research

Location

BUL208

Start Date

8-17-2017 2:00 PM

End Date

8-17-2017 4:20 PM

Description

A panel discussion on mentoring students through the process of research. Presenters will share their experiences on attracting students, helping students develop research questions, obtaining funding, and guiding students through the process of writing papers and giving presentations. Ideas will be shared on developing a research agenda that includes students.

Biography

Shandelle Henson is an applied mathematician and ecologist. She uses dynamical systems theory to describe, explain and predict the dynamics of ecological systems and animal behavior. She involves undergraduate and graduate students in every aspect of her research through the interdisciplinary Seabird Ecology Team, a research group funded by the National Science Foundation.

Shandelle enjoys backpacking and hiking with her ecologist husband, Jim Hayward. She is also a trail runner.

  • PhD, University of Tennessee
  • MA, Duke University
  • BS, Southern Adventist University

Tiffany Summerscales is an associate professor of physics at Andrews University. She joined the faculty in 2006. Originally from New Hampshire, Summerscales attended Andrews University and graduated in 1999 with a BS in mathematics and physics. She then went to graduate school at Penn State University and received a PhD in physics in 2006. While there, she worked with LIGO (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) which seeks to measure gravitational waves—the faint ripples in spacetime produced by cataclysmic astronomical events and predicted by Einstein's theory of general relativity. Her thesis dealt with what information could be learned from a supernova if the gravitational waves it produces are detected by LIGO.

Summerscales is currently a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC). She works on projects involving LIGO detector characterization and the problem of extracting gravitational wave information from a network of detectors. She also enjoys teaching physics courses and interacting with students. When not on campus, she likes kayaking and spending time with her husband, Rodney Summerscales.

  • BS, Andrews University
  • PhD, Penn State University

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Aug 17th, 2:00 PM Aug 17th, 4:20 PM

Mentoring Student Research

BUL208

A panel discussion on mentoring students through the process of research. Presenters will share their experiences on attracting students, helping students develop research questions, obtaining funding, and guiding students through the process of writing papers and giving presentations. Ideas will be shared on developing a research agenda that includes students.