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Explorations in Research 2021

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The Office of Immersion Resources(OIR) and the Scientific Immersion and Mentorship (SIM) student organization have partnered to organize Explorations in Research, convening researchers from all disciplines for an evening of networking and discovery.

This year's event will be entirely virtual. Join us on Tuesday, February 23 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. CT.

Agenda - Tuesday, February 23

4:00 p.m. - Introduction & Keynote Speaker

4:15 p.m. - Breakout Rooms & Guided Discussions

5:00 p.m. - Networking Session

5:30 p.m. - Event ends

Please use the button below to access the main Zoom feed for the keynote speaker, breakout rooms, and networking session.

Meeting ID: 999 2500 8623

Breakout Rooms

Breakout 1: Thomas Palmeri, Douglas Schmidt, Piran Kidambi

Breakout 2: Clifford Anderson, Mark Schoenfield, Christopher Slobogin

Breakout 3: Liz Zechmeister, Thomas McGinn, Zdravka Tzankova

Breakout 4: Jay Clayton, Elizabeth Meadows, James Byrd

Breakout rooms with guided discussions will be held from 4:15 to 5:00 p.m. Access breakout rooms using the Zoom feed link above.

Virtual Table Hours

Virtual table hours for partner office attendees will run concurrently from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Curb Center: Join Here (passcode: 1801)

Data Science Institute: Join Here

Global Education Office: Join Here

LAPOP Lab (5:00 - 5:30 p.m.): Join Here (passcode: LAPOP)

Vanderbilt Libraries: Join Here

Physics & Astronomy: Join Here

Slave Societies Digital Archive: Join Here

SyBBURE Searle Program: Join Here

Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy (4:30 - 5:00 p.m.): Join Here (passcode: 889634)

The Wond'ry: Join Here

Keynote Speaker

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Douglas Schmidt, Ph.D., M.A., M.S.

Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering • Professor of Computer Science • Professor of Computer Engineering • Associate Provost for Research Development and Technologies • Co-Director of the Data Science Institute

Professor Schmidt focuses on cyber-physical systems, big data science and risk & reliability. He is the co-director of the Data Science Institute and teaches courses in computer science and computer engineering.

Faculty Researchers


Muktar Aliyu
Associate Director for Research, VIGH
Professor Health Policy and Medicine


Clifford Anderson
Associate University Librarian for
Research and Digital Strategy
Professor of Religious Studies


James Byrd
Professor of American Religious History
Associate Dean for
Graduate Education and Research Chair,
Graduate Department of Religion


Jay Clayton
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor,
Department of English
Director, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy


Piran Kidambi
Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Emily Kimball
Assistant Professor, Hearing and Speech Sciences


Christina Marasco
Associate Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering
Director, SyBBURE Searle Undergraduate Research Experience

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Classical Studies

Thomas McGinn
Professor of History
Professor of Classical &
Mediterranean Studies


Elizabeth Meadows
Senior Lecturer, English
Associate Director, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities


Thomas Palmeri
Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Director of Undergraduate Research,
Data Science Institute
Co-Director of Scientific Computing


Mark Schoenfield
Professor of English


Christopher Slobogin
Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law
Director, Criminal Justice Program
Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry


Gary A. Sulikowski
Stevenson Professor of Chemistry


Zdravka Tzankova
Associate Professor of Sociology


Kalman Varga
Professor of Physics & Astronomy
Director of Undergraduate Studies


Elizabeth J. Zechmeister
Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of
Political Science
Director, Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP)

Research Representatives

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Vanessa Allwardt
Project Manager, Advancing Solutions to Climate and Ecological Needs and Discoveries (ASCEND) Initiative


Elizabeth Bowman
Assistant Director, Graduate
Programs in Biomedical Sciences
Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy


Hilary Craiglow
Director, Walker Management Library

Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Fellow's headshots on September 19, 2019. Photos by Donn Jones.

Daniel Genkins
Executive Director,
Slave Societies Digital Archive


Amanda Harding
Assistant Director, Data Science Institute


Melissa Mallon
Director of Peabody Library
Director of Teaching & Learning


Jesse Spencer-Smith
Chief Data Scientist, Data Science Institute


Mariana Rodriguez
Director of Research and Engagement


Andrew Wesolek
Director of Digital Scholarship
& Scholarly Communications
Jean & Alexander Heard Libraries

Partner Offices and Programs