PURF awards framed to teach as well as fund
ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 13, 2005) -- Learning outside the classroom is a part of the Ohio University student experience. A group of students got additional encouragement this year when they were chosen as recipients of the 2006-07 Provost's Undergraduate Research Fund. This year 58 of the 83 applicants received about $50,000 in funding. Awards range from $100 to $1,500 per student.
The goal of PURF is for undergraduates to understand the proper method to apply for grants and then to engage in proper stewardship of the money. At the completion of each project, students report back their results. Creative as well as research projects are eligible to apply for the grants and a full-time faculty member oversees each applicant's work.
"We had a large number of applicants this year, from all segments of the university. Each year the applications are stronger than the previous year," said Ellengene Peterson, a biological sciences professor and member of the selection committee.
Jan Hodson, assistant dean of the Honors Tutorial College, oversees the selection committee, which has faculty members from every college except Honors Tutorial College and University College.
"Every year an enormous range of disciplines are funded by PURF. As simple as it sounds, a major prerequisite for success by applicants is simply following instructions: answering the questions asked and submitting a well-itemized budget," Peterson said.
Funding can be used for anything from travel to materials as long as it is related directly to the student's research.
"I'm so grateful to have received the PURF -- it is funding my trip to Paris to research French sources for my thesis," said Leah Stoner, a senior history major from Canton, Ohio.
Other students need extensive use of facilities, such as labs, as well as supplies. Ozan Suer, a senior biology pre-med major from Athens, Ohio, is one such student.
"My research focuses on diabetes and the possible effect it has on the interactions between the Prostaglandin and Nitric Oxide pathways in murine coronary arteries," Suer said. "I applied for the award because the research I am conducting is very costly."
For more information, visit www.honors.ohio.edu/research_op.htm.
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