NHS Student Research Fund Recipients

The College of Natural and Health Sciences (NHS) launched in spring 2006 a new UNC Foundation account entitled the NHS Student Research Fund, which is intended to support research and research-related travel by NHS students. The fund has been supported through generous donations by faculty, staff, and friends of the College, as well as proceeds generated by the NHS Student Research Celebration. This new Foundation account is still in the building stages; however, the College designated some funds in order to allow a funding competition in the current academic year. To make a donation to the Student Research Fund, please visit the UNC Foundation website at http://www.uncalumni.org/Foundation/.

The recipients of the NHS Student Research Fund for Fall 2011 are:

School of Biological Sciences

Amber Brandt - Undergraduate student – Project: Vegetative Survey of the Pawnee National Grasslands

Kristin Bullard – Graduate student – Project: PfPK7: A Target for Antimalarial Drug Discovery

Stephanie James – Graduate student – Project: Use of Transforming Growth Factor-B1 as a Potential Therapeutic for Hantavirus Cardiopulmonary Syndrome

Jacqueline Johnson – Graduate student – Project: Engineering Transgenic Carrots to Aid in the Fight Against Malaria

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Rui Fang - Graduate student – Project: a-Crystallin Adsorbed on Aluminum Hydroxide: Chemical-and Thermal-Induced Conformational Changes by Fourier Transform (FT-IR) Spectroscopy

School of Earth Sciences and Physics

Joe Gasteiger – Undergraduate student – Project: Effect of Graphite Deposition on Dye-sensitized Solar Cell Efficiency

School of Human Sciences

Gwendolyn Dillman and Sarah Guillemette – Graduate students – Project: Children’s High Frequency Assessment Tool (CHAT): Development of a New Word Recognition List

Emily Folsom – Graduate student – Project: Spanish Non-word Repetition Performance of Language-Delayed & Typical Preschoolers

Kayla Howerton – Undergraduate student – Project: A Comparison of Postural Stability in Gymnasts, Volleyball Players and Non-athletes


The next funding competition will take place in the Spring 2012. To make a donation to the Student Research Fund, please visit the UNC Foundation website: http://www.uncalumni.org/Foundation/.