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Student Enhancement Awards provide $127,833 in funding to 23 students

From staff reports | Mar 10, 2016

The Ohio University Student Enhancement Awards program has provided 23 students with a total of $127,833 in funding for their original research, scholarship and creative work.

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 63 proposals with a total funding request of $318,440. Students may request up to $6,000 per proposal.

For more information about the program, visit www.ohio.edu/research/funding.cfm.

The 2016 recipients are:

McKaila Boarman, (graduate student, Biological Sciences; mentor Shawn Kuchta), received $5,600 for Natural Selection on the Damselfy Banded Demoiselle.

Laura Chapman, (graduate student, Communication Sciences and Disorders; mentor Brooke Hallowell), received $5,699 for Using Pupillometry to Index Cognitive Effort in Sentence Processing in People with and without Aphasia.

Wenting Deng, (graduate student, Film; mentor Steve Ross), received $5,955 for Empty Skies.

Catherine Early, (graduate student, Biomedical Sciences; mentor Larry Witmer), received $5,527 for Avian Brains and Behavior Through Deep Time: Assessing the Utility of the Brain Endocase as a Proxy for Internal Neuroanatomy.

Viviana Goelkel Garcia, (graduate student, Film; mentor Rafal Sokolowski), received $3,400 for Sunlight in the Banana Plantations.

Mary Gemmel, (graduate student, Biological Sciences; mentor Soichi Tanda), received $5,617 for Effect of Developmental Antidepressant Exposure on Offspring Neurobehavioral Outcomes.

Anthony Gilbert, (graduate student, Biological Sciences; mentor Don Miles), received $6,000 for Can Color Polymorphism Buffer Lizard Species From Global Climate Change?

Brandan Gray, (graduate student, Biological Sciences; mentor Don Miles), received $5,986 for Parental Behavior and Reproductive Success in the Hooded Warbler following Human-mediated Habitat Disturbance.

Katrina Hamilton, (graduate student, Specialty Medicine; mentor David Drozek), received $6,000 for Impact of Lifestyle Changes via the Complete Health Improvement Program on Telomerase Activity and Telomere Length in Patients with Chronic Pain.

Charlotte Klimovich, (undergraduate student, HTC  Biological Sciences/Biomedical Sciences; mentor Susan Williams), received $6,000 for Investigations Into the Physiological and Biomechanical Basis of Different Success in Oral Rabies Vaccination between Skunks (Mephitis mephitis) and Raccoons.

Melissa Liotta, (graduate student, Biological Sciences; mentor Molly Morris), received $5,930 for Intralocus Tactical Conflict as a Constraint on the Evolution of Alternative Reproductive Tactics in Xiphophorus Multilineatus.

Quyen Luong, (graduate student, Biomedical Sciences; mentor Felicia Nowak), received $6,000 for Characterizing the Effect of Distrupted Insulin Signaling on the Pro-Apoptotic and Anti-proliferative RhoGAP Porf-2.

Thanuja Mallikarachchi, (graduate student, Civil Engineering; mentor Guy Riefler), received $3,640 for Laboratory Evaluation of Performance of the Exfiltration Apparatus (ExA), Phase II- Evaluation of Particle Retention Processes.

Zebulon Martin, (graduate student, Environmental Studies; mentor Natalie Kruse-Daniels), received $6,000 for Does Precipitation Affect the Recovery in AMD Impacted Streams?

Vince O'Connell, (graduate student, Film; mentor Steve Ross), received $6,000 for Hap and Ashley in a Feature Film.

Melissa Riggs, (graduate student, Visual Communications; mentor Rebecca Sell), received $5,536 for The Sixth Daughter—Engaging Women in Jordan.

Allen Rodriguez-Silva, (graduate student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; mentor John Staser), received $6,000 for Electronic and Surface Characterization of Supercapacitor Immunosensor for Low Density Lipoprotein Detection.

Verenea Serrano, (graduate student, Psychology; mentor Julie Sarno Owens), received $4,397 for Exploring Social Information Processing of Emotion Content and its Relationship with Social Outcomes in Youth with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

Jacob Sieg, (undergraduate student, HTC Chemistry and Biochemistry; mentor Jennifer Hines), received $4,560 for Spectroscopic Methods for Identifying Novel Inhibitors of Shigella Dysenteriae Virulence.

Mark Slayton, (graduate student, Biological Sciences/Molecular and Cellular Biology; mentor Bonita Biegalke), received $6,000 for Examining the Interactions Between Virus and Host with ChIP-seq.

Mitchell Smith, (graduate student, History; mentor Chester Pach), received $6,000 for The Politics of Assent: Popular Support for America's Vietnam War, 1965-1973.

William Woody, (graduate student, Psychology; mentor Peggy Zoccola), received $5,986 for A Test of the Perseverative Cognition Hypothesis using Hair Cortisol in a Sample of Dementia Caregivers and Non-caregiver Controls.

Yonry Zhu, (undergraduate student, HTC Mechanical Engineering, Physics and Astronomy; mentor David Burnette), received $6,000 for Investigation of Plasma Use in Rotating Detonation Wave Engines.