Community of Graduate Scholars

DCDC 2012-2013 Community of Graduate Scholars with Dr. Margaret Nelson

2012-2013 Community of Graduate Scholars with Dr. Margaret Nelson

The Community of Graduate Scholars (CGS) is a year-long, one-credit course that gives graduate students the opportunity to become leaders in transdisciplinary approaches to research, policy, and community engagement. Under the direction of Dr. Margaret Nelson, Vice Dean, Barrett, The Honors College, students work on Decision Center for a Desert City projects, as well as related efforts at ASU. Students are involved in multiple projects, examining the relationships among them, and thus learn to articulate and promote integrated perspectives.

DCDC faculty members are involved in interdisciplinary collaborations that offer rich opportunities to graduate students. Each CGS student works on a research team that includes faculty members and both graduate and undergraduate students; this work provides them with the intellectual depth necessary to contribute to DCDC’s research. The program is structured to build dialogue, thought, and action across disciplines. Through the CGS seminar, students become familiar with the issues, perspectives, and language of the researchers within DCDC, as well as with issues that emerge from interdisciplinary collaborations. CGS provides graduate students with a supportive environment where they can:

  • develop a broad understanding of the research process and how it is practiced across sciences
  • develop a professional and unique intellectual identity and voice
  • improve scientific communication and presentation skills
  • engage with researchers and community partners
  • make contributions to DCDC as a boundary organization
  • 2014-2015

    • Aneesha Bhat, pursuing her M.S. in Computer Science
    • Jorge Cazares, pursuing his M.S. in Hydrology
    • Danielle Chipman, pursuing her M.S. in Sustainability
    • Margaret (Meg) du Bray, pursuing her Ph.D. in Anthropology
    • Skaidra Smith-Heisters, pursuing her Ph.D. in Environmental Social Science
    • Eric Kennedy, pursuing his Ph.D. in Human and Social Dimensions in Science and Technology
    • Yola Wong, pursuing her Ph.D. in Engineering
    • Yujia (Cindy) Zhang, pursuing her Ph.D. in Geographical Sciences

    2013-2014

    • Jorge Cazares, pursuing his M.S. in Hydrology
    • Eric Kennedy, pursuing his Ph.D. in Human and Social Dimensions in Science and Technology
    • Rashmi Krishnamurthy, pursuing her Ph.D. in Public Affairs
    • Laurel Kruke, pursuing her M.A. in Sustainability
    • Jacelyn Rice, pursuing her Ph.D. in Sustainable Engineering
    • Jose Rosales Chavez, pursuing his Ph.D. in Global Health
    • Skaidra Smith-Heisters, pursuing her Ph.D. in Environmental Social Science
    • Yujia Zhang, pursuing her Ph.D. in Geographical Sciences

    2012-2013

    • Julia (Chrissie) Bausch, pursuing her Ph.D. in Sustainability
    • Jorge Cazares, pursuing his M.S. in Hydrology
    • Jose Rosales Chavez, pursuing his Ph.D. in Global Health
    • Lauren Withycombe Keeler, pursuing her Ph.D. in Sustainability
    • Rashmi Krishnamurthy, pursuing her Ph.D. in Public Affairs
    • Rebecca Neel, pursuing her Ph.D. in Psychology
    • Jacelyn Rice, pursuing her Ph.D. in Sustainable Engineering
    • Victoria (Kelly) Turner, pursuing her Ph.D. in Geography
    • Manikandan Vijayakumar, pursuing his M.S. in Computer Science

    2011-2012

    (L to R) Becca Neel, Gretchen Hawkins, Geetali Dudhbhate, Chrissie Bausch

    • Julia (Chrissie) Bausch, pursuing her Ph.D. in Sustainability
    • Geetali Dudhbhate, pursuing her M.S. in Computer Science
    • Gretchen Hawkins, pursuing her M.S. in Hydrology
    • Lauren Withycombe Keeler, pursuing her Ph.D. in Sustainability
    • Rashmi Krishnamurthy, pursuing her Ph.D. in Public Affairs
    • Rebecca Neel, pursuing her Ph.D. in Psychology

    During the Fall Semester 2010, the Community of Graduate Scholars:

    • Submitted a successful proposal to organize a special section on Decision Making Under Uncertainty (DMUU) at the AAAS 2011 conference’s general poster session. Graduate students at DMUU centers will present their work which characterizes uncertainty, develops strategies and tools for decision making, and proposes strategies that can be used to engage with decision makers in problem-solving activities and sustainability.
    • Had posters from eight CGS students, featuring their individual research projects, accepted for the DMUU section of the AAAS poster session.
    • Developed their annual group project and drafted its research prospectus, “Lasting effects of interdisciplinary exposure: graduate student response following work in an interdisciplinary seminar.”

    During the 2010 Spring Semester, graduate students will continue work on their group project by writing and administering surveys to assess what effect participation in CGS has had on previous graduate students after they finished their work at DCDC. The project will culminate in a written report submitted to DCDC.  Additionally, students will be refining the research posters they will present at the AAAS conference in Washington, D.C. this February.