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Research & Innovation

Graduate Research

Like the professors they work with, graduate students at DU are doing research, creative work, fieldwork and scholarship that address real-world problems.

Here are a few of the ways our graduate students are working for the public good.

law students assist with asylum cases

Students at the Sturm College of Law stepped forward to assist Central American women and children who have fled devastating violence in their home countries to seek asylum in the United States. Sean Ays and Jessica Rehms provided legal assistance to  women were detained with their children in Artesia, N.M., at a converted federal law enforcement training facility.

Better tumor imaging to improve cancer treatment

Recent graduate Joshua Biller focused his doctoral work in chemistry on electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), a type of biomedical imaging. He investigated ways to use EPR to view tumor physiology in real time using special molecules containing unpaired electrons. His methods may allow researchers to determine the exact position of a tumor in three dimensions, making it possible to tailor a radiation dose to hit just the tumor area and not the surrounding normal tissue.

Biller’s doctoral dissertation earned him the Bruker Thesis Prize from England’s Royal Society of Chemistry. Learn more about Biller's research.

investigating private security firms

Ben Briese, a master's student in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, working on Professor Deborah Avant's Private Security Monitor (PSM) research project. The use of private military and security contractors has become increasingly common in combat and conflict environments worldwide, but until PSM was created there was no central tracking of information about them. The project maps where private security firms work throughout the world, what types of activities they’re involved in, and any incidents they have been associated with, and makes that information publicly available. 

Learn more about Briese and the PSM.