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Undergrads selected to receive
new summer research scholarships
(April 19, 1999)

Eleven undergraduates have been selected as the first to benefit from a new Summer Research Scholarship Program that will begin in June. Each student will receive a grant of $3,000 to support 10 weeks of research this summer.

The new program was open to all UConn undergraduates currently registered as full-time students, who expect to continue with full-time study next fall. "Traditionally, financial support for research has been available primarily to graduate students," said Michael Cutlip, a professor of chemical engineering and director of the honors program. "This program reflects the University's increasing commitment to attract and retain talented undergraduates."

The 11 students chosen, selected by a faculty committee from more than 40 who applied, represent the breadth of academic interest, including traditional research disciplines and other creative independent work, study or field work in humanities and fine arts.

"The applications demonstrated the extraordinary range and quality of work being done at the undergraduate level by UConn students," he said.

The project is funded by endowments from UConn Trustee Richard Treibick and the Oaklawn Foundation, supplemented by the University through the Office of Undergraduate Education and Instruction.

To be considered, students had to complete applications that included an abstract of their proposed project, a letter of recommendation from the project supervisor, and references from two other faculty members.

In addition to the $3,000 in initial funding, each student can also apply for up to $1,000 for additional expenses, which may include equipment, travel funds or field work expenses.

The students have the option of using the research in a credit-bearing research-based course such as an independent study class. Each student is required to submit a final report on his or her project in October.

Jim Smith

The students and their projects are:

Colin Baier (Sociology, dir.: Wright)
The Effects of Religion on Delinquency Vary by Levels of Self-Control: Meta Analysis in Conjunction with Individual Level Analysis
Keren Bashan (Physiology & Neurobiology, dir.: LoTurco)
A Study of Auditory Processing in Mice with Naturally Occurring Brain Lesions
Timothy Davis (Chemical Engineering, dir.: Erkey)
Solid Waste Processing for Long Term Space Flight Applications
Kerry Drozdowicz (Psychology, dir.: Mellor)
The Mediating Effect of Illusion of Control on the Relationship between Personal Liberty Beliefs and Voting of Quality of Life Laws
Angela Keene (Psychology, dir.: Salamone)
Anatomical and Neurochemical Studies of D1 Agonists on Parkinsonian Symptoms
Matthew Dunn (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, dirs.: Penick, Schultz)
The Metabolic Costs of Heat Shock Protein Production in Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum)
Philip Larese-CasaNovember (Civil & Environmental Engineering, dir.: Nikolaidis)
Variance of pH on Influent Arsenic Concentrations in Arsenic Remediation Technology
Elizabeth Peterson (Environmental Health, dir.: Manautou)
Analysis of Transport Protein Expression in Liver Plasma Membrane, following Treatment with Clofibrate, and its Implication on Hepatoprotection
Matthew Schaller (Nutritional Biochemistry, dir.: Freake)
The Effect of Zinc Removal on Thyroid Hormone Induction of Gene Expression in Cultured Pituitary Tumor Cells
Veronica Tolmacheva (Molecular & Cell Biology, dir.: Giardina)
The Role of the NF-kB p50 Subunit in the Regulation of Apoptosis of Colonic Epithelial Cells
Brent Vander Wyk (Cognitive Science, dir.: Rueckl)
Dynamic Processes in a Connectionist Network Model of Word Recognition