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/.

We are pleased to announce that NHS Student Research Fund investments will be used to support purchase of software, equipment, reagents, and supplies, and to support student travel to present research results at three professional conferences.

The recipients of the NHS Student Research Fund for spring 2010 are:

School of Biological Sciences

Cheysser Harding, undergraduate student - Project: Effects of Elevation & Associated Environmental Conditions on the Ecology of Bats.

Kayka Jablonski, undergraduate student – Project: Venom re: Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake 

Ryan Pevey, undergraduate student - Project: Effects of Snake Venom Proteins on Human Breast Cancer Cells (MCF-7)

Michael Schiebout, graduate student - Project: Planting Native Forbs as a Means to Control Invasive Plant Species in the Shortgrass Steppe

Matthew Willey, graduate student – Project: Effects of Elevation & Associated Environmental Conditions on the Ecology of Bats.

School of Earth Sciences and Physics

Jessica Gage, undergraduate student (Physics) - Project: Tension & Compression of Bridges during Earthquakes

Bradley Ziegler, graduate student (Earth Sciences) - Project: Constructing a Mineral Separation Lab for Geochronology Research

School of Mathematical Sciences

Joe Champion, graduate student - Project: Using Advising & Enrollment Data to Inform a First-Year Math Placement Program

Coralle Haley, graduate student - Project: Does Mentoring a Graduate Student Effect Student Achievement?

Kristin King, graduate student - Project: Using Advising & Enrollment Data to Inform a First-Year Math Placement Program

Kristin Noblet, graduate student - Project: Nature of Engaging Preservice Teachers in Proof Validation: How Do Their Techniques Compare to Mathematicians' Methods?

Frieda Parker, graduate student - Project: Role of Intuition in Students' Learning of Span & Linear Independence in an Elementary Linear Algebra Class

Kitty Roach, graduate student - Project: Mathematics GTA's Question Strategies

Lee Roberson, graduate student - Project: Mathematics GTA's Question Strategies

Sarah Rozner, graduate student - Project:Nature of Engaging Preservice Teachers in Proof Validation: How Do Their Techniques Compare to Mathematicians' Methods?

Nissa Yestness, graduate student - Project: Diagrams in Abstract Algebra: How are Diagrams Used in the Proving Process?

School of Nursing

Margaret Gilmon, graduate student - Project: Generic & Prof care factors that Promote the Academic Success of Alaska Native nursing students

Linda Hardy, graduate student - Project: Cultural Competence, Racism & Nursing

Melissa Jeffries, undergraduate student - Project: - Capacity of Colorado School Nurses in Primary Prevention of Childhood Obesity

School of Sport and Exercise Science

Traci Parry, grduate student - Project: Effects of endurance training on cardiotoxicity induced by combined treatment with doxorubicin & Goserelin acetate

Chris Repka, grduate student - Project: Effect of Exercise on Radiation & Chemotherapy- Induced Oxidative Stress in Cancer Survivors

The next funding opportunity is Fall 2010.

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