Each spring, graduate students in the School of Social Ecology are invited to participate in a research poster presentation session. Students gain valuable experience preparing their posters and discussing their research with faculty, professionals, and other students who are invited to interact with the presenters at the viewing session. The School presents awards for the best poster in each of the school’s departments.
This year, two MURP student posters were honored as PPD’s winners:
Stephanie Cervantes presented “A Comparison of Rating Systems: Applicability of LEED-ND as a Sustainability Benchmarking Tool in Europe,” an exploration into the potential for developing a single international standard for measuring sustainability levels in city development. She undertook much of the research for her project while spending fall quarter 2016 in Vienna, Austria as part of the NEURUS program, a study abroad option available to MURP students in their second year.
Mark Newman’s research on “Transportation and Climate Change,” was inspired by his experiences participating in UCI’s Climate Action Training Program, and in internships with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and the City of Santa Ana Active Transportation Department. His poster summarizes transportation policy solutions that can be utilized at both state and county levels to reduce greenhouse gases. Mark provided his perspective on the session’s benefits:
“The ability to participate in this poster session helped me both showcase my research and engage with an inquiring audience. It was especially helpful to hear feedback from attendees, who voiced their own concerns and questions, which will help further public debate on California’s leading role in solving climate change.”
Congratulations to Stephanie and Mark!