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Student Enhancement Awards provide $115,945 in funding during spring 2014 cycle 

March 25, 2014

The Ohio University Student Enhancement Awards program has provided 24 students with a total of $115,945 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 55 proposals with a total funding request of $304,257. Students may request up to $6,000 per proposal.

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

The 2014 recipients are:

Nicole Brooks (undergraduate student, biological sciences; mentor: Darlene Berryman) received $6,000 for Treating Obesity and Increasing Longevity: A Link to FGF21 and Growth Hormone in Adipose Tissue.

James Chapman (graduate student, applied health sciences and wellness; mentor: Michael Kushnick) received $3,355 for Fasting and Postprandial Glycemic and Insulinemic Responses to 24 Hours of Overfeeding with a Single Bout of Exercise.

Paul Converse (graduate student, biological sciences; mentors: Willem Roosenburg and Shawn Kuchta) received $5,695 for Conserving Genetics of Diamondback Terrapins.

Brad Eidahl (graduate student, history; mentor: Patrick Barr-Melej) received $6,000 for Writing the Resistance: The Rise and Fall of APSI and Chile's Opposition Press.

Seth Givens (graduate student, history; mentor: Ingo Trauschweizer) received $6,000 for Cold War Capital: The United States and the Fight for Berlin: 1945-94.

Eric Gorscak (graduate student, biological sciences; mentor: Patrick O'Connor) received $6,000 for Descriptive and Comparative Morphology of Titanosaurian Sauropods: Characterizing Paleobiogeographical Patterns of Cretaceous African Terrestrial Faunas.

Gonzalez Herrera (graduate student, communication and development studies; mentor: Mario Grijalva) received $6,000 for Communication for Social Change to Empower Youth in Ecuador.

Ryan Kellman (graduate student, visual communication; mentor: Terry Eiler) received $5,576 for Documenting Maine's Working Waterfronts.

Stephen Marshall (graduate student, psychology; mentor:  Steven Evans) received $5,965 for At-risk High Schoolers Transitioning to Adulthood: The Detrimental Effects of Mental Health Conditions and Mediating Factors on Early Outcomes.

Eric Martin (graduate student, chemical and biomolecular engineering; mentor: Monica Burdick) received $6,000 for Dynamic Biochemical Tissue Analysis of P-selectin Ligands Expressed in Colon Cancer.

Sneha Pandya (graduate student, physics and astronomy; mentor:  Martin Kordesch) received $5,620 for Quantum Dot Mid-IR FPA Deposited by Inert Gas Condensation.

Cheng Qian (graduate student, biological sciences; mentor: Bob Colvin) received $5,910 for Validation of an Alzheimer's Disease Cell Model Based on Neurotoxicity of Amyloid-beta Oligomers.

Josh Raftery (graduate student, art; mentor: Ray Klimek) received $6,000 for Memento Mori.

Jennifer Robinson and Nicole Sova (undergraduate students, chemical and biomolecular engineering; mentor: Monica Burdick) received $5,993 for Classifying Glycosphingolipid E-selectin Ligands as Biomarkers of the Cancer Stem Cell Transition.

Samantha Rommel, Elizabeth Cychosz, and Katie Conlon (undergraduate students, sociology/anthropology and history; mentor: Haley Duschinski) received $6,000 for Imagining International Justice in Post-Conflict Cambodia.

Jennifer Seifert and Kaytlin Dawes (graduate student and undergraduate student, communication studies; mentor: Ben Bates) received $5,998 for Feminist App-tivism:  Affective Learning and Feminist Pedagogy in the Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies Classroom.

Aaron Smith (graduate student, art; mentor: Robert Peppers) received $5,833 for Dark Tradition.

Nic Tanner (graduate student, visual communication; mentor: Stan Alost) received $6,000 for Thirst and Hydropolitics on the Roof of the World.

Nick Tomeo (graduate student, environmental and plant biology; mentor: David Rosenthal) received $6,000 for Variation in the Diffusion of Carbon Dioxide Inside Leaves as a Source for Agricultural Yield Enhancement.

Debra Walter (graduate student, biological sciences; mentors: Karen Coschigano and Kelly McCall) received $6,000 for Coxsackievirus Infection in the Non-Obese Diabetic Mouse.