SISTAR program offers student research grants

first_imgFounded in 1991, the Student Independent Study and Research (SISTAR) grant provides Saint Mary’s students and faculty members with the opportunity to create eight-week summer research partnerships. Professor Laura Haigwood, director of the Center for Academic Innovation (CFAI), said the grant was established to encourage the collaboration of Saint Mary’s students and professors. “The program was inspired, in part, by the close, collegial, teaching and research relationships that faculty and students develop at SMC,” she said. “We wanted to be able to reward and encourage that work.” The grant, which provides the student researchers with housing and a stipend, is funded by donations. Haigwood said Maryjeanne Ryan Burke, a 1956 graduate of Saint Mary’s College, is a large contributor to the program. Haigwood said the Burke endowment is offered to specifically qualified professors. “The Burke SISTAR is reserved for full-time, tenure-track faculty who are not yet tenured, and it has proved an outstanding research, teaching and learning opportunity for them and for their students,” she said. Outside of the Burke SISTAR grant, the prerequisites for student and faculty applicants are much more imprecise, Haigwood said. The program is open to all full-time students and faculty of all studies. Haigwood said although the number of applicants varies greatly from year to year, the grant is usually awarded to four student-faculty research partnerships. The grant is typically presented to a rising senior. The application process includes an interview and a written proposal. According to Haigwood, the CFAI grant committee makes the award decisions. The committee is chaired by Haigwood and includes five other faculty members that are elected by the Faculty Assembly. Last year’s four award recipients were selected from a variety of departments. Senior Ashley Feely worked with Sociology Professor Mary Ann Kanieski on a project entitled “Emerging Patterns in Relationships Between Mothers and Their Adult Children: Examining Mothers’ Self-Constructed Identity.” Fellow senior Megan Griffin partnered with Political Science Professor Patrick Pierce on a study called “Race to the Top: The Political Economy of State Tax Incentives for Business.” Brynn Thomas, also a Saint Mary’s senior, collaborated with Professor Susan Latham on a communicative disorders project. Senior Alyssa Klubeck teamed up with history professor David Stefanic on a project called “Women in Revolution: Comparing Women in the French and Irish Revolutions.” Klubeck said the experience was beneficial on an educational and professional level, as well as being enjoyable. “It was an incredible amount of fun to work so closely with one of my favorite professors and gain the experience of working with a professional academic,” Klubeck said. The grant also supports travel and related expenses for the student to attend a professional conference in the next academic year. Stefanic and Klubeck were able to present their study at a conference in Nebraska this fall. Haigwood said the idea behind the grant is to give students the opportunity to work side-by-side in a study with a professor, rather than as an assistant. “We want [the faculty and the student] to work together as genuine peers,” Haigwood said. “SISTAR students are generally more like graduate students than undergraduates in their collaborative work with faculty. We want her to be a co-researcher, or an independent peer researcher.” With aspirations to attend graduate school, Klubeck said she recognized the opportunity the SISTAR grant offered her. However, Klubeck said the program gave her more than just a resume boost. “While research and writing were invaluable, I found what I learned from Dr. Stefancic as a mentor in my work was a great opportunity,” she said. “I think that is what the SISTAR program really has going for it. The connections it builds between students and professors to work together and learn from each other are unparalleled.”last_img read more

Luxury Hamptons’ style homes the hottest in QLD this week

first_imgThe beach is no doubt the star but the home makes the experience so much more luxurious. This was the hottest house in QLD this week at 9-11 Hedges Avenue, Mermaid Beach.LUXURIOUS Hamptons-style dream homes were the most viewed in Queensland this week, and they’re achingly beautiful. A jawdropping home that would not be out of place anywhere in the Hamptons was the most viewed home in the state this week, according to data from realestate.com.au. Heart palpitations anyone? Dubbed “the Gold Coast’s most admired beachfront home”, the property will make your heart race, but has unfortunately already gone under contract.That doesn’t seem to have stopped househunters and house dreamers from wanting to take a peek though, with the property continuing to see strong interest. Dramatic use of white in the kitchen. Stunning architecture. Little touches matter, like a small chandelier in the powder room. 473 London Road, Belmont Qld 4153 “This is the ultimate all year round entertainer’s home. Upon entering through the grand weatherboard frontage, the interior continues with timeless elements, polished ironbark timber floors, VJ walls, soaring ceilings, all combining to create a feeling of tranquillity and solitude,” was how they listed it. The home was built over a double block of 810 sqm, with the star of the show no doubt the location. The luxurious home and its breathtaking views give visitors a feeling of “absolute luxury”, according to agent Tony Velissariou of Tony V.center_img The home’s easy elegance is breathtaking, with the owner John Potter having insisted on the design making the most of the very expensive beachfront location.It has five master bedrooms, a basement with parking for eight cars, a fully airconditioned gym, wine cellar, lift, and even a boxing ring and a 22 lap pool. “Visionary houses make it abundantly clear that architecture is not dead,” was how he listed it.The new home has design features like a sunken lounge, beautifully crafted stairwell, voids and vaulted ceilings. The property has six bedrooms, five bathrooms and a powder room, a climate controlled wine cellar, five car garage and 1,000 sqm under its roof. 44 O’Connell Parade, Wellington Point Qld 4160 Another Hamptons’ inspired home — this one in the waterfront suburb of Wellington Point — was the third hottest this week. The home has “commanding views over Moreton Bay” according to agents June Cranage and Ian Marshall of Ray White Wellington Point.The four bedroom, three bathroom, three car space home at 44 O’Connell Parade was on an elevated 1,241 sqm block with the upper areas designed to frame views across to the islands. Like a tropical dream. The second most viewed property this week was in Brisbane at 473 London Road, Belmont — a street notorious for making buyers swoon.This one was described as “architectural brilliance” by agent Michael Clarke of Ray White Bulimba who’s marketing the property for sale by tender, closing September 1 at 5pm. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago The property has an in-ground pool. butler’s pantry, video intercom, double Tri-steel shed, outdoor fire pit and even a laundry chute. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Wizards have ‘zero interest’ in dealing Bradley Beal

first_imgThe Wizards have not engaged in any trade talks for Beal, but they have received plenty of calls according to the report. The Wizards look extremely unlikely to trade guard Bradley Beal.Washington has “zero interest” in dealing Beal, according to a report from The Athletic which cites unidentified league sources. NBA trade rumors: Several teams interested in acquiring Cavaliers guard Rodney Hood NBA trade rumors: Knicks trying to deal Tim Hardaway Jr. to shed salarycenter_img Beal is in the middle of the best year of his career as he is averaging career highs in points (24.6), assists (5.1) and rebounds (5.0). Related News The team is also not considering trading forward Otto Porter Jr. at this point, but according to another report from The Athletic, how the next couple of weeks work out for the team could change its mind.Washington currently sports a 20-27 record and sits 2 1/2 games out of the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.last_img read more