Architecture students takes ‘Best Presentation’ at research symposium

July 1st, 2014 Comments Off on Architecture students takes ‘Best Presentation’ at research symposium

MSU senior Jacqueline "Brooke" Dorman, center, was honored this week for the best presentation at Mississippi State's 2014 Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium. Extending congratulations are Jerry Gilbert, provost and executive vice president, and Karen S. Coats, associate graduate school dean. Photo by: Keats Haupt

MSU senior Jacqueline “Brooke” Dorman, center, was honored this week for the best presentation at Mississippi State’s 2014 Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium. Extending congratulations are Jerry Gilbert, provost and executive vice president, and Karen S. Coats, associate graduate school dean. Photo by: Keats Haupt

By Leah Barbour | MSU Public Affairs

Undergraduate university students from Colombia and Rwanda, along with peers from Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, explained their research at Mississippi State’s 2014 Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium.

During a Monday [June 30] ceremony at McCool Hall, nine junior and senior participants presented posters and talked with judges about their recently completed research projects.

Each summer, the MSU Graduate School sponsors the student projects as part of its Summer Research Program for Undergraduate Students.

After their proposals were selected, the students began working in mid-May with MSU faculty mentors. Participants spent 20 hours each week over a seven-week period to design, conduct and conclude their respective projects.

“If you have access to research knowledge that’s happening right now, you are going to be better prepared to know about the cutting edge opportunities in your field,” Jerry Gilbert told the students and others at the awards ceremony.

Gilbert, MSU’s provost and executive vice president, reminded the students that participating in cutting-edge research “is just one of the advantages you have at a research university, and we’re encouraging all undergraduates to come and participate in the research process.”

Architecture fifth-year senior Jacqueline B. Dorman of Biloxi, the daughter of Richard Dorman of Biloxi and Kitda Dorman of Anchorage, Alaska, was honored for having the best presentation, “Exposing Gaps in Student Literature for Building Construction Technology.”

Junior biological sciences major Madison L. “Maddy” Buras of Slidell, Louisiana, the daughter of Dennis and Cheryl Buras, was runner up for “Evaluation of Multiple Paternity in Cyclura ricordii, Ricord’s Rock Iguana.”

Other 2014 participants included, by hometown:

CARROLLTON–Senior biological sciences major Tineka R. Burkhead, the daughter of Frank and Ruby Bulkhead.

FLOWOOD–Senior forestry major Andrew Z. Shaman, the son of Christopher and Felicia Shaman.

SEMMES, Alabama–Junior agricultural information sciences major Kenneth T. “Ken” Hearn, the son of Michael and Terri Perkins.

STARKVILLE–Chemical engineering major Andres F. Chaparral Sosa, a native of Columbia and the son of Mauro Chaparral and Maria Sosa, and aerospace engineering major Christian Kabana Michigan, a native of Rwanda and the son of Yvonne Kabanyana. Both are seniors.

TUSCUMBIA, Alabama–Junior industrial and systems engineering major Mary Katherine B. Beall, the daughter of Howard and Sarah Beall.

WINONA–Senior counseling and educational psychology major Brittany L. Bane, the daughter of Darren and Lisa Bane.

For more about MSU’s undergraduate research opportunities, visit

Architecture student accepted to Summer Undergraduate Research Program

May 6th, 2014 Comments Off on Architecture student accepted to Summer Undergraduate Research Program

dorman_jacquelineBrooke Dorman, a fourth-year architecture student, was one of only ten students accepted out of thirty-eight applicants (a 26% acceptance rate) for the Mississippi State University Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

Dorman will be working with School of Architecture Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory to research a gap in the architectural technical literature for students on detailing buildings.

She will present the findings of this research at the Research Symposium and Awards Luncheon on Mon., June 30.

Tau Sigma Delta announces 2013-2014 exhibits

August 5th, 2013 Comments Off on Tau Sigma Delta announces 2013-2014 exhibits

Tau Sigma Delta (TSD), the honor society for the School of Architecture, will host exhibits throughout the year in the Giles Hall Gallery.

This year’s gallery coordinator, Brooke Dorman, will coordinate the exhibits, and members of TSD will each oversee one show.

“I am excited and hopeful for the scale of this year’s gallery lineup, as I have been working with Professor Jake Gines since May to guarantee a successful lineup – including anything from ecological building ideas, installations and student work,” said Dorman. “Our hope as students of design is to promote an ongoing dialogue between professionals, academics and students, to enliven the spirit of design here at the College of Architecture, Art and Design. Such exhibits represent great opportunities to immerse oneself in the world of design and to engage in thoughtful conversation about the future of the design world and the role we each play in its creation.”

2013–2014 Gallery Schedule:

Aug. 28–Sept. 13: “Sixty-Nine Seventy: International Ideas Competition”

  • This exhibit showcases some of the work submitted for “The 69|70 Competition,” which is an international ideas competition where
    participants attempt to enliven or showcase “the spaces between” in downtown Salt Lake City, areas which have recently been the focus
    of urban revitalization. Urban designers, planners, architects, artists, activists and creatives showcase their visions in this international ideas competition. Professor Jacob Gines, who has been involved with the conception and planning of the competition, plans to bring the project to life for students here at CAAD.
    Alex Reeves: TSD Student Curator and Professor Jake Gines, curator (Gallery Reception: Sept. 4 at 5 p.m.)

Sept. 25–Oct. 11: “Faculty Show”

  • The “Faculty Show” represents an opportunity to showcase the talent CAAD offers in the form of its creative and endlessly diverse Faculty. TSD plans to show work from a variety of fields and mediums, such as architecture, sculpture, water color, research and publications.
    David Lewis: TSD Student Curator (Gallery Reception: Sept. 30, 5 p.m.)

Oct. 23–Nov. 8: “What is Eco?”

  • As technologies improve and our understanding of alternative energies continue into the future, so, too, does our curiosity of new strategies
    of environmental design. The “What is Eco?” exhibit will showcase new research and technologies as well as architectural and construction projects
    that offer unique examples of how to design ecologically responsible structures, vehicles and landscaping. The hope of this show is to
    induce a thoughtful conversation about what “eco” or “green” building and design strategies really mean and how we might take the fullest
    advantage of them.
    Alex Reeves: TSD Student Curator (Gallery Reception: Oct. 23)

Nov. 20–Dec. 6: “TRASHIONshow”

  • After the annual TRASHIONshow, Tau Sigma Delta offers the student designers within NOMAS (National Organization for Minority
    Architecture Students) the opportunity to showcase the clothing items they made completely of repurposed materials, such as magazines,
    straws, coffee filters, bubble wrap, trash bags, wood and phonebooks. The exhibit focuses on the ideas and importance of reuse in design
    and the thoughtful questions that arise in the consideration of nontradtional material use. The current NOMAS president, Anthony Penny,
    and the Vice President, Capish Cheema, also established the creation of this year’s Junk2Funk sale and the TRASHIONshow’s set, made of
    repurposed materials.
    Rusty McInnis: TSD Student Curator (Tentative Gallery Reception: Dec. 4)

Dec. 18–Jan. 3: “S|ARC Year-End Show”

  • As final reviews come to an end, the “Year-End Show” will shine a new light on the achievements of the students here at the School of
    Architecture, showcasing some of the best student work the school has to offer. The faculty selectively choose the most thoughtful projects to represent their class’s output for the previous semester. The level of detail, development, creativity and craft in this exhibit continually raises the bar from year to year. Viewers should expect to see anything from hand-crafted models to digitally rendered architectural structures.
    Rusty McInnis: TSD Student Curator (Tentative Gallery Reception: Jan. 1)

Jan. 15–31: “Preserve Nation”

  • “Preserve Nation”  seeks to understand and showcase the work or architects who work in the area of preservation, such as Belinda Stewart and others, whose work will be featured in this year’s show. The importance of the preservation of southern archetypes will be examined through the lens of Stewart’s work and the work of her contemporaries.
    Jake Johnson: TSD Student Curator (Tentative Gallery Reception: Jan. 29)

Feb.12–28:”Graphic Design”

  • The “Graphic Design” gallery show will aim to showcase a diagrammatic cross section of what composes a graphic designer and his or her career, specifically focusing on the work of Schaffhauser Design, a business whose work engages in a wide range of design possibilities but specializes in college athletics. Different methods of production will be explored alongside assorted mediums of expression in an effort to grasp both a chronological sense of individual and career development alongside a critical examination of the industry as a whole, taking into account future possibilities with the rise of new technology.
    John Taylor Schaffhauser: TSD Student Curator (Gallery Reception: Feb. 26, 5 p.m.)

March 12–28: “Modern”

  • Modernity brought a cornucopia of ideas, technologies and cultural changes. The “Modern” exhibit hopes to uncover the modern developments in architecture, dance and photography. The exhibit will include mixed media projections, printed works and photographic displays,  incorporating different phases of modern thought and movements.
    Landon Kennedy: TSD Student Curator (Tentative Gallery Reception: March 26)

April 9–25: “Installation(5)”

  • A series of five professionally designed and interactive installations. The exhibit will showcase the work of contemporary designers and will be specifically created for the Giles Hall Gallery. These never-before-seen projects will encourage the dialogue between the professional practice and academic worlds. Participants may use any medium for entry, be it digital live-streams, wood or lighting techniques.
    Brooke Dorman: TSD Student Curator and Gallery Coordinator (Tentative Gallery Reception: April 23)

May 7–Summer: “S|ARC Year-End Show II”

  • The second “Year-End Show” highlights student work from the spring semester and is competitively entered. Professors pick the top work
    from each studio or other architecture electives for display in the Giles Gallery. The highlight is the firth-year thesis work that will be on display throughout the month of May. The final show remains active until the following fall semester and serves as a guide for the quality of work expected out of Mississippi State architecture students.
    Larry Travis: TSD Student Curator

For more information, or to contribute work to this year’s gallery lineup, contact Brooke Dorman at

Click here for the TSD Exhibit Poster.

The Giles Gallery is open Mon. – Fri. from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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