July 19, 2012 – The G.A.M.E.R. Lab will keep busy during the summer of 2012 with help from three talented undergraduate students supported by two programs dedicated to involving undergraduates with research.
Desmond Hayspell, who attends Southside Virginia Community College, and Marci Weber, who attends the University of the South, will be in Blacksburg through August to conduct research with the G.A.M.E.R. Lab as members of a program funded by the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Initiative and the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Hayspell and Weber were selected for the program, titled “Hands-on minds-on”: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Understanding and Preventing Societal Violence," after a competitive application process open to students across the United States.
Hayspell and Weber are joined by Kwaku Akom, an electrical engineering student and member of the Corps of Cadets at Virginia Tech, who is working in the lab this summer as a participant in Virginia Tech's "Scieneering" program. The application-based program supports students in Virginia Tech's College of Engineering who want to collaborate on research in areas beyond the field of engineering.
Akom, Hayspell, and Weber are working with lab director James D. Ivory and lab manager Frank Waddell on multiple project involving responses to content in video games and other media, as well as user behavior in games and simulations.