REU students to show their projects

An impressive group of students participating in the SI Research for Undergraduates program will present the results of their 10-week projects in a public forum this week.

The students will show their work from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, July 31 in the Atkins Conference Room, 1202 SI North. The REU program, funded by the National Science Foundation, involves a select group of undergraduates who are introduced to the practice of academic research within the field of incentive-centered design. The students are from U-M, Wayne State University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Chicago.

SI Ph.D students, serving as mentors, guided the undergraduates through the research process across a variety of topics that SI faculty investigate. The roster of presentations is as follows:

  1. “Why Pete Townshend Should Have Cared About Government Procurement Auctions” (Derek Bodoya-Skoog and Kevin Burgett)
  2. “If Nostradamus had a Mac…or a PC: Prediction Markets and Manipulation” (Roberto Jimenez and Matt Brombyk)
  3. “Social Identity According to GARP” (James Tsai)
  4. “Where Should I Go to Answer This Question? – Characterizing and Examining Online Technical Forums” (Travis Yoo)
  5. “Case Studies of User Generated Content” (Rachel Lipson)
  6. “The Bidding War: Trading Agents and the 2009 TAC Ad Auctions Tournament” (Ye Wang and Guha Balakrishnan)
  7. “Opinion Diversity in Online Political News Aggregation & Discussion” (Peter Andrews)
  8. “WWJD?: Before and After the Search Engine” (Ashlee Stratakis)
  9. “How Much Are You Willing to Pay? WayneAd: The Wayne State Agent for the TAC Ad Auctions Competition.” (Chris Kassab and Sean Pezeski)
  10. “Brother, Can You Spare a Dollar? Individual Motivation, Group Affiliation & Prosocial Behavior in Online Peer-to-Peer Lending Markets” (Xuan Liang)

Refreshments will be provided. If you are interested in attending all or part of the program, please RSVP to

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