March Books & Bagels 3/15 12pm

Join us for March Books & Bagels: Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research!

Friday, March 15, 2013
Graduate Student Lounge (Main 010)

This program features three Drexel graduate students and their current research projects. Presenters are asked to prepare a 10-12 minute talk about their research and share how their accomplishments will shape our world socially and technologically. Presentations are followed by questions and moderated discussion. This event is meant to highlight several different research disciplines. Come and see for yourself what Drexel graduate students are doing to improve the world around us. Lunch (not just bagels) and refreshments will be provided.


Laura Berner
PhD Candidate, Clinical Psychology
“Building a Psychobiological Understanding of Bulimia Nervosa”

Patrick McLaughlin
PhD Candidate, Biodiversity, Ecology and Environmental Science
“A Multi-Species Analysis of Chytridiomycosis Infection and Resistance in West-Central Africa”

Derya Meral
PhD Candidate, Physics
“Discrete Molecular Dynamics Studies of Disordered Proteins in Alzheimer’s Disease”

Moderated by Dr. Don Riggs, Associate Professor of English

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Congratulations to the 2013 Graduate Student Life Photo Contest Winners!

All entries can be found on the Graduate Student Life Photo Contest Facebook Page. Votes were determined by number of ”Likes” on Facebook on date ending 2/15/13. Thanks to all who entered. Congratulations to our winners!

Best Overall = Abinaya Arulselvan

Abinaya Arulselvan – Nature and Travel – Deer

Best Nature And Travel = Archana Srinivasan

Archana Srinivasan – Nature and Travel – At Jurong Bird Park, Singapor

Best Altered Image = Suraj Raval

Suraj Raval – Altered Image – Six strings of Nirvana

Best Graduate Experience = Andrea Avalos

Andrea Avalos – Graduate Experience – Love to the bare bones DUCOM Center City


Graduate Student Life Photo Contest

Drexel Graduate Students Association is accepting photo submissions for the first annual Graduate Student Life photo contest. The contest is open to all Drexel graduate students and will include prizes for 1st place (overall votes), Best Graduate Experience, Best Nature & Travel, and Best Altered Images. Each graduate student can take and submit multiple photos as part of the contest, but are only eligible to win one of the prizes listed above. Submissions should capture the life of graduate students at Drexel.

For full details please look at the Application Form at

To be considered for one of the prizes, submissions must include:

1) Photo(s) submitted for consideration on Facebook or emailed to The Graduate Student Life Photo Contest Application and Photo Subject Release Form (if applicable) also need to be emailed to GSA for being considered for the competition.

2) A brief description of the photo(s) itself listing the names of any individuals, places, etc. included in the photo(s)

3) The Graduate Student Life Photo Contest Application, which can be found at

4) The Photo Subject Release Form, which can be found at

5) PLEASE NOTE: Photo(s) submitted for the Graduate Student Life photo contest must include a completed photo release form for EVERY INDIVIDUAL in a given photo. Photos that do not meet this requirement will not be considered for any of the four awards. Individuals that are in the background and not in focus of the pictures (e.g. pictures taken in crowds, fellow visitors at a museum or event) do not need a photo release form.

Submitted photos will be posted on the Graduate Student Association Facebook page and may be used by the Graduate Student Association and Office of Graduate Studies in their print publications, websites, or for other Drexel-related purposes.

Photo submissions, and other required documentation, are due by February 1st. All photos submitted must have been taken by the individual graduate student submitting them, must be in color, and be at least 5×7.

Photo contest winners will be chosen the most number of likes on Facebook and through ballots during GSA Social on February 14th, 2013 at the Graduate Lounge.

Winners will be announced on February 15th.


Higher Education Advocate Travel Award

Higher Education Advocate Travel Award

Drexel University’s Office of Graduate Studies and Graduate Student Association offer a limited number of Higher Education Travel Awards to support students advocating for higher education. The objective of this award is to challenge and fund Drexel’s graduate students to return to their alma maters (high school & universities) to share the opportunities higher education has afforded them. Graduate students are especially desirable for this advocacy because high school and undergraduate students can easily relate to their experiences; the graduate students share a generational and educational connection with the younger group. Ideally, the advocate would give a talk (1) introducing themselves as an alumnus of the host institution, (2) sharing their story and why they chose graduate school, (3) introducing their discipline and research, (4) revealing future plans to apply their degree and (5) challenging the audience to consider graduate education and research.

It is desirable, but not necessary, that the host institution is an academic institution: high school, college, or university and the host institution is the applicant’s alma mater. The talk delivered to the host institution does not have to be the primary reason for travel.

Award: Up to $300 in travel support and the purchase of business cards for the student. Award recipients will be recognized as Higher Education Advocates during Drexel’s annual Graduate Student Day in May. Students may receive this award once annually.

Requirements of the Award: All Drexel graduate students are eligible for the award. Recipients are required to submit (1) original travel receipts to Office of Graduate Studies for reimbursement, (2) one photograph and a recording of their presentation (audio or video) to be archived with Drexel and available for public view. Flip Cams are available for Award Recipients to rent from Office of Graduate Studies at no cost. Presentations may be in any language.

Application Instructions: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. A decision will be returned within 4 weeks. To apply, send the following four components (combined in a single pdf file) to the with the subject “Higher Education Advocate Travel Award.”

  1. Higher-Education-Advocate-Travel-Award-Form.doc (Also found in Forms tab)
  2. Letter of Support from Host School/Institution/Academy
  3. C.V.
  4. Support Documentation for Cost Estimates

SOLD OUT: “Catch Me If You Can” on Broadway! 1/18 8pm


Join GSA and the Office of Grad Studies at the Broadway show, “Catch Me If You Can,” Friday, January 18th at 8pm at the Academy of Music at the Kimmel Center in Center City.

Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it, Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying, splashy new Broadway musical that tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination, and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer—living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl chases Frank to the end…and finds something he never expected. This delightfully entertaining musical has been created by a Tony Award®-winning ‘dream team,’ with a book by Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime), a swinging score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray), choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Legally Blonde), and direction by Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels). Don’t miss this big-hearted musical adventure based on an astonishing real-life story of being young, in love…and in deep, deep trouble!

Tickets are $15 per Drexel student and $30 for non-Drexel folks. Tickets are limited and distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please email to reserve your tickets ASAP.

Tickets can be picked up on Thursday, January 10th around noon from the Office of Graduate Studies in Randell 240. Please bring CASH ONLY. Tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE. Our group will be seated together in the balcony section with good view of the theater according to the sales representative).

The Academy of Music at the Kimmel Center is located at 300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Address and parking information:

Books & Bagels Friday 11/30 12pm

Graduate Student Association (GSA) and Office of Graduate Studies’s (OGS) present Books & Bagels on November 30th, 2012 at 12:00pm. Three student presenters are asked to prepare a 10-12 minute talk about their research and how their accomplishments will shape our world socially and technologically. Presentations are followed by a moderated discussion. Lunch (not just bagels) and refreshments will be provided.

***Immediately following Books & Bagels, we will have Tom Ipri, Liaison Librarian for Media Arts & Design, hosting library office hours Friday from 1:30-3:30pm. Take advantage of his knowlege and expertise in library resources, effective research methods and more!

Location: Graduate Student Lounge, Main Building, Drexel University

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Meet the Graduate Speakers:
Jules Winters, PhD Candidate, BEES
“The effects of bulkheading on diamondback terrapin nesting ecology in Barengat Bay, NJ”
Barnegat Bay Estuary exhibits the highest development rate of any Mid-Atlantic estuary. As a consequence, bulkheading (hard shoreline stabalization) has increased 30% over the past thirty years along these shorelines, severely limiting the land-sea interface for wildlife. The diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin), in particular, requires the upland habitat that is blocked by bulkheading for annual nesting. To determine the effect of bulkheading on this threatened species’ behavior I looked at changes in terrapin movements and stress levels in relation to modeled bulkheading along their nesting beaches. Thus, using diamondback terrapins as a model organism, the goal of my research is to quantify the impact of coastal development (i.e., human encroachment) upon native wildlife. The results of my study will serve as a model towards effectively quantifying human-wildlife interactions and work towards sustainable coastal habitat use along Barnegat Bay and estuaries worldwide.

Kim Marcellus, PhD Candidate CAEE
“Understanding Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste Decisions and Distribution in Urban Environments.”
My dissertation focuses on tracking a network of decision making parameters for urban developers to include recycling in construction and demolition (C&D) projects. This decision making network includes parameters represented by “nodes” in a belief network supported by expert elicitation and updated using Bayesian
statistical methods. I intend to apply my construction management experience to reinforce new concepts and sustainable strategies to the construction industry and research field of Solid Waste Management and Industrial Ecology. This enhancement will provide better predictions for C&D waste decisions and influence developers to incorporate sustainability in planning, construction, and rehabilitation of urban development projects by
diverting waste from landfills. My extensive industry experience, when coupled with my academic background create an inter-disciplinary relationship, greatly benefiting the industry while enabling me to educate people to create positive change and increase sustainability of the built environment.

Chris Castillo, PhD Chemistry
“Novel Functionalization of α,γ-Dinitro Compounds”
α,γ-Dinitro compounds are of interest because they are energy-rich chemicals with potential military applications and are also useful compounds as synthetic intermediates because the nitro groups can be converted to a wide variety of other functional groups. Here a new reaction leading to functionalization of α,γ-dinitro compounds at the site between the nitro groups is described.