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Briana Gray
Major: Computer Science
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media

Briana Gray is a computer science senior who has worked on video and computer game design. Her experiences in the Game and Mobile Media Application program and the Bridging Disciplines Program in Digital Arts & Media have led to her involvement in creating several games, both in group projects and on her own. This work lies at the intersection of creative activity and research.

Major: Radio Television Film

Camille Brooks is a Radio-Television-Film junior who has created graphic design and television production graphics for several organizations, including Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls.

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Nathan Riojas is a senior mechanical engineering major who has taken part in research on a cardiovascular bioreactor.

Major: Speech Language Pathology

Whitney Barlow is a speech-language pathology senior who has conducted undergraduate research on stuttering and brain activity that accompanies the learning of new sounds.

Alex Fischer
Major: Plan II Honors, Rhetoric and Writing, and Philosophy

Alexander’s undergraduate research topic was the rhetoric used in the debate preceding the 2003 Iraq War.

“Answering a big question about which you’re passionate is fulfilling and rewarding.”
Alexander D'Jamoos
Major: Government and Rhetoric & Writing

Alexander’s undergraduate research project analyzed the rhetoric of the Russian news media.

“I would advise to not be afraid to ask provocative questions and think outside of the box.”
Allison Matous
Major: Sociology

Allison’s undergraduate research topic is Dead Man Walking: An Analysis of Last Statement Testimonies of Texas Inmates.

“I had never administered my own research and was surprised how much I enjoy working on my project.”
Amanda Wilson
Major: General Geology

Amanda’s undergraduate research topic is Paleobotany and Paleoclimate Analysis of Fossil Flora from the Elko Formation in Northeastern Nevada.

"At the beginning, my work was just a box of fossils I found while field assisting, and it is cool to see that box of rocks become something more meaningful."
Andrew Davis
Major: Architecture
Graduation Year: Fall 2012

Andrew’s undergraduate research topic is Urban Regeneration in Detroit, Michigan.

"My work celebrates the process of researching by de-emphasizing the results and focusing on progression."
Andrew Solis
Major: Computer Science

Andrew’s undergraduate research topic is Digital Humanities for Large Data Visualization.

"The most rewarding part of my research was being able to see it used by real users to analyze large data sets."