After the busiest summer yet in the G.A.M.E.R. lab, things will quiet down briefly as a pair of summer undergraduate research programs have recently wrapped up.

Desmond Hayspell of Southside Virginia Community College and Marci Weber of the University of the South, participants in a competitive "Research Experiences for Undergraduates" program supported by the National Science Foundation and the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research, ended their ten-week programs with a research presentation on July 31 that was attended by fellow program participants, faculty and graduate student research supervisors, and various staff and administrators from Virginia Tech's College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.  Meanwhile, Virginia Tech electrical engineering student and Corps of Cadets member Kwaku Akom completed his ten-week "Scieneering" program supported by the Virginia Tech College of Engineering with a poster presentation at the Virginia Tech Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium held August 3.  All three students worked together on several projects related to social dimensions of entertainment media under the supervision of lab director James D. Ivory and lab manager Frank Waddell.

Akom will be returning to work as a lab associate during the 2012-2013 academic year and subsequent summer, while Hayspell and Weber will collaborate from their home institutions.  Waddell also finished his time at the lab this summer, as he will be joining Penn State's College of Communications as a doctoral student later this month, but Waddell will continue to coordinate the final steps of the research completed this summer.