Exploring other disciplines

Gingerbread Brookings Clarissa Cagnato (above), a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology in Arts & Sciences, presented her research, titled “Starch-Grain Analysis and Paleoethnobotany: A Microscopic Approach to Reconstructing Ancient Diets,” to Sarah M. Jacobs, a medical school resident, during the 17th annual Graduate Research Symposium Feb. 18. The symposium provided graduate students an opportunity to present their research to a broad and diverse audience, while helping them develop their communication skills. Students were required to present their material in a way that is accessible to non-specialists and a general audience. More than 60 students presented research during the symposium held in the Laboratory Sciences Building (below). Graduate student leaders presented prizes in each of five categories — humanities, engineering, professional degree programs, the sciences, and the social sciences — at an awards ceremony. M. Carolyn Baum, PhD, professor of and the Elias Michael Executive Director of the Program in
Occupational Therapy, and Richard J. Smith, PhD, dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, spoke during the ceremony. The Graduate Student Senate of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate Professional Council, the Association of Graduate Engineering Students and the
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences sponsor the symposium. (Credit: Kevin Lowder (2) ) Gingerbread Brookings