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Student Enhancement Awards announce spring 2013 recipients 

April 18, 2013

The Ohio University Student Enhancement Awards have provided 21 students with a total of $116,125 in funding for their original research, scholarship and creative work this spring.

The Student Enhancement Awards are funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity and administered by the Council for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity, which is appointed by Faculty Senate.

The program received 64 proposals with a total funding request of $342,703. Students may request up to $6,000 per proposal.

The 2013 recipients are:

•    Jason Bourke, a graduate student in biological sciences/College of Arts and Sciences, received $5,392 for the project “Use of airflow dynamics to reconstruct nasal soft tissues and physiology in dinosaurs.” His advisor is Larry Witmer, biomedical sciences/Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

•    Grady Carlson, a graduate student in chemical and biomolecular engineering/Russ College of Engineering and Technology, received $6,000 for the project “Dynamic biochemical tissue analysis: A prospective cancer diagnostic.” His advisor is Monica Burdick, chemical and biomolecular engineering/Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

•    Amanda Culley, an undergraduate student in rehabilitation and communication sciences/College of Health Sciences and Professions, received $2,910 for the project “The effects of event knowledge and parent input on the language skills of children with and without language impairment.” Her advisor is Joann Benigno, communication sciences and disorders/ College of Health Sciences and Professions.

•    Anne Dawson, a graduate student in psychology/College of Arts and Sciences, received $6,000 for the project “Conflict in parent-teacher relationships: initial scale development.” Her advisor is Brian Wymbs, psychology/College of Arts and Sciences.  

•    Sam Drerup, a graduate student in environmental and plant biology/ College of Arts and Sciences, received $5,479 for the project “Using stable isotopes to evaluate stream remediation efforts.” His advisor is Morgan Vis, environmental and plant biology/ College of Arts and Sciences.

•    Amanda Dunson, an undergraduate student in biological sciences/Honors Tutorial College, received $6,000 for the project “Regulation of OmpA and its effect on Shigella virulence.” Her advisor is Erin Murphy, biomedical sciences/Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

•    Emily Ellerbrock, an undergraduate in biological sciences/College of Arts and Sciences, received $5,932 for the project “Validation of the accuracy of mechanical response tissue analysis (MRTA) in cadaveric human arms.” Her advisor is Anne Loucks, biological sciences/College of Arts and Sciences.

•    Vincent Farallo, a graduate student in biological sciences/College of Arts and Sciences, received $6,000 for the project “Exploring below the undergrowth: The role of microhabitat in the evolutionary ecology of Plethodontid salamanders.” His advisor is Don Miles, biological sciences/College of Arts and Sciences.

•    Mateo Galvano, a graduate student in art/College of Fine Arts, received $6,000 for the project “Book of the Dead: MFA thesis exhibition.” His advisor is Julie Dummermuth, art/College of Fine Arts.

•    Jen Kowalsky, a graduate student in psychology/College of Arts and Sciences, received $5,628 for the project “Evaluation of a novel respiratory intervention for use with whole blood donors to attenuate syncopal symptoms.” Her advisor is Christopher France, psychology/College of Arts and Sciences.

•    Ashley Morhardt, a graduate student in biological sciences/College of Arts and Sciences, received $5,140 for the project “Brain reconstruction and evolution in dinosaurs and their modern-day relatives.” Her advisor is Larry Witmer, biomedical sciences/Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

•    Jen Petrie, a graduate student in education/Patton College of Education, received $6,000 for the project “A study of the performing arts education experience in private and public schools in Accra, Winneba and Cape Coast.” Her advisor is Zelma Badu-Younge, dance/College of Fine Arts.

•    Yanrong Qian, a graduate student in chemistry and biochemistry/College of Arts and Sciences/Edison Biotechnology Institute, received $5,993 for the project “Anticancer activities of new generation of novel glucose transport inhibitors.” Her advisor is Xiaozhuo Chen, biomedical sciences/Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine/Edison Biotechnology Institute.
 
•    Bianca Sams, a graduate student in theater/College of Fine Arts, received $4,668 for the project “Phoenix—Rising from the Ashes.” Her advisor is Charles Smith, theater/College of Fine Arts.

•    Jason Wright, a graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science/Russ College of Engineering and Technology, received $6,000 for the project “Design and testing of computer controlled vacuum characterization system for nano sensors and devices.” His advisor is Savas Kaya, electrical engineering and computer science/Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

•    Azliana Abdul Aziz, a graduate student in the Center for International Studies, received $5,844 for the project “Di Ambang: Stateless in Sabah.” Her advisor is Elizabeth Collins, classics and world religions/College of Arts and Sciences.

•    Ryan Felice, a graduate student in biological sciences/ College of Arts and Sciences, received $6,000 for the project “Taking bird evolution by the tail: Exploring the relationship between bird tail feathers and tail skeleton.” His advisor is Patrick O’Connor, biomedical sciences/Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

•    Elizabeth Jensen, an undergraduate in biological sciences/College of Arts and Sciences/Edison Biotechnology Institute, received $5,936 for the project “Understanding the effect of weight cycling on aging through cellular senescence.” Her advisor is Ed List/Edison Biotechnology Institute.

•    Nihal Said, a graduate student in communication studies/Scripps College of Communication, received $3,204 for the project “Communication for development on street harassment in Egypt.” Her advisor is Karen Greiner, communication and development/media arts and studies/Scripps College of Communication.

•    Jingzhou Wang, a graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science/Russ College of Engineering and Technology, received $6,000 for the project “Laplace-DLTS study of deep energy levels in GaN incorporated with Eu3+ ions.” His advisor is Wojciech Jadwisienczak, electrical engineering and computer science/Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

•    Jeremy Zerechak, a graduate student in film/College of Fine Arts, received $6,000 for the project “Hackers for Charity: Uganda.” His advisor is Steve Ross, film/College of Fine Arts. 

The next cycle of the Student Enhancement Awards will occur in February 2014. For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/research/funding.cfm.