Ohio University

Student Enhancement Awards provide $136,287 in funding to 24 students

The Ohio University Student Enhancement Awards program has provided 24students with a total of $136,287 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 82 proposals with a total funding request of $460,489. Students may request up to $6,000 per proposal.

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

The 2019 recipients are:

Kelsey Bryant (graduate student, Environmental and Plant Biology; mentor: David Rosenthal) received $5,948 for Determining hydraulic behavior in trees with different wood types.

Emma Chubb (undergraduate student, Biological Sciences; mentor: Susan Williams) received $6,000 for The lateral pterygoid as a target for temporomandibular joint disorder therapy: The effect of Botox ® on jaw structure and function.

Wren Edwards (graduate student, Biological Sciences; mentor: Nancy Stevens) received $5,929 for Documenting behavioral impacts of ecotourism on chimpanzees in Uganda.

Maria Evers (undergraduate student, Edison Biotechnology Institute; mentor: Xiaozhuo Chen) received $6,000 for Inhibition of purinergic receptor (P2X7) signaling mediated epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) via expression of extracellular ATPase.

Megan Fitzgerald (graduate student, Film; mentor: David Thomas) received $6,000 for The Wolf.

Alexandra Hearne (undergraduate student, Biological Sciences & Edison Biotechnology Institute; mentor: Yunsheng Li) received $5,864 for Investigating the anti-cancer mechanisms of Urolithin A for the treatment of Glioblastoma multiforme.

Jessica Hemmelgarn (undergraduate student, HTC Biological Sciences; mentors: Karen Coschigano & Ramiro Malgor) received $6,000 for Investigating receptor expression in response to Wnt5a isoforms in urothelial carcinoma cell lines.

Madeline Hordinski (undergraduate student, Anthropology; mentor: Smoki Musaraj) received $2,000 for Politics, art, and dissent in contemporary Cuba.

Quinn Hunter (graduate student, Art + Design; mentor: Duane McDiarmid) received $5,747 for Reinscription: Re-presenting the labor of Black women, contemporary and historic.

Sazan Ismael (graduate student, Biological Sciences; mentor: Daewoo Lee) received $5,993 for Activity and phosphorylation dependent tau secretion.

Tasleem Javaid (graduate student, Environmental and Plant Biology; mentor: Ahmed Faik) received $6,000 for Genome editing to determining the importance of xylan in rice grain development.

Haiyun Jiang (graduate student, Photojournalism; mentor: Stan Alost) received $6,000 for Our disappearing land.

Matthew Kaunert (graduate student, Biological Sciences; mentor: Viorel Popescu) received $5,960 for Evaluating the recovery and persistence of the Eastern Hellbender in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Rebecca Keogh (graduate student, Biological Sciences; mentor: Ronan Carroll) received $5,984 for Investigating how the chaperone activity of PpiB protects Staphylococcus aureus under stress conditions.

Sophia Mort (graduate/medical student, Translational Biomedical Sciences; mentor: Elizabeth Beverly) received $5,799 for Utilizing contact-based education to change medical students' beliefs and attitudes toward opioid use and abuse.

Amanda Nichols (graduate student, History; mentor: Steven Miner) received $6,000 for Death to Hitler's butchers and their vile accomplices: Soviet war crimes trials in postwar Ukraine.

Lassane Ouedraogo (graduate student, Media Arts and Studies; mentor: Steve Howard) received $6,000 for Muslim youth at a crossroads: Media and religious activism in Burkina Faso.

Christian Showalter (graduate student, Biological Sciences; mentor: Monica Burdick) received $5,987 for Analysis of breast cancer-derived exosomes in promoting bone metastasis. 

Lior Shragg (graduate student, Interdisciplinary Arts; mentor: Garrett Field) received $6000 for Contested Identities: Song and prayer for the Zimbabwean Jews

Joseph Terry (undergraduate student, Edison Biotechnology Institute; mentor: John Kopchick) received $4,383 for The effect of GH on melanoma tumor progression and development.

Brittney Ward (undergraduate student, Psychology; mentor: Dominik Mischkowski) received $5,100 for Physiological and psychological effects of transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation.

Hannah West (undergraduate student, HTC Biomedical Sciences; mentor: Craig Nunemaker) received $6,000 for CACNA1H and its role in islet maturation.

Winter Wilson (undergraduate student, HTC Environmental Studies and Journalism; mentor: Geoff Dabelko) received $6,000 for Climate change communication documentary series.

Bridget Wright (graduate student, Communication Sciences and Disorders; mentor: Joann Benigno) received $5,594 for Children with autism spectrum disorder and their siblings as co-recipients of a comic strip conversation intervention: An exploratory study.