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Global Research Endeavors


by: Madison Benveniste ’17, CSE communications intern

CSE faculty members collaborate with scientists around the world with the goal of producing the best research in their focus area. These collaborations sometimes involve bringing scientific scholars from across the globe to campus to partner in research – a process that is managed by the Dean’s Office. Since 2015, the College has hosted 13 visitors from countries including China, Brazil, Poland, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Beirut, Columbia and Spain.

Faculty attend relevant scientific conferences and events, sometimes internationally, which can foster relationships and collaborative activities between scientists. Scholars may then be invited to campus for an established time period to work on a predetermined research project. The scholars’ stay at TCU can range from a few weeks to a year at a time.

This summer, two visiting scholars are engaged in collaborative research on campus with CSE faculty. One hails from China and is working with Assistant Professor Cheyenne Xie in the School of Geology, Energy & the Environment, and the other scholar hails from Brazil and is working with Frederico Xavier, John William and Helen Stubbs Potter Professor in the Department of Mathematics.

In addition to global faculty, TCU also invites students at the graduate level to collaborate on research projects. These are referred to as “research fellows.” To date these students have hailed primarily from China, France, Kazakhstan and Russia. Since the summer of 2014, TCU has hosted 26 students, eight conducting research in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, two in the Department of Psychology and 16 in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. There are currently eight student scholars on campus. This opportunity is available year-round, and the time a particular visiting student spends at TCU often varies from one month to a year depending on the project.

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