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Students win research awards

Nov. 2, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Eleven Western Michigan University students (listed below) were selected to receive awards to spend the current fall semester working on research projects with faculty mentors.

Each winner was selected by a faculty review committee to receive a 1999 fall Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Award, which includes a $1,200 stipend to undertake the research or creative project in cooperation with a faculty adviser. The fall 1999 awardees and their faculty mentors represent 11 academic departments at WMU.

The award program, established in 1988 and administered by WMU's Lee Honors College, is designed to "encourage and nurture research and creative activities by outstanding students at WMU."

To compete for an award, a student must work with a faculty mentor to submit a joint project proposal to the program committee. Research projects can reflect any academic area of study and may be renewed for one additional term if the selection committee approves renewal applications.

This fall's funded research includes projects ranging from a "Functional Assessment of Pain Experienced by Children Diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease" to a study of the "History of American Tap Dance."

Each student who applied for the award was required to have a grade point average of 3.25 or above. During the research semester, students must carry at least 12 credit hours or coursework in addition to the estimated 150 hours of time necessary to complete the research project.

Research award recipients

Heather Beadle of 23470 96th Ave., Marcellus, Mich., is a senior majoring in psychology and a member of the Lee Honors College. She and Dr. R. Wayne Fuqua, professor of psychology, have undertaken a "Functional Assessment of Pain Experienced by Children Diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease Through the Use of Pain Logs."

Heather Jonna of 28990 Willow Creek, Farmington Hills, Mich., is a senior majoring in elementary education and a member of the Lee Honors College. She and Dr. Ronald Davis, professor of history, are studying the "Chaldeans in Iraq and America: A century of transition."

Michael Jozwiak of 1911 Bay, Saginaw, Mich., is a junior majoring in biomedical science. He and Dr. Gyula Ficsor, professor of biological science, are studying "Cadmium Enhancement of DNA Damage."

Andrew Laucher of 12599 Pine Ridge Lane, Charlevoix, Mich., is a senior majoring in biology and a member of the Lee Honors College. He and Dr. David Hargreave, associate professor of science studies, will complete "A Guide to Greenspace: An Interactive Guide to the Habitat and use of Natural Preserves in the Kalamazoo Area."

Sara Plachta of 8286 Alta Vista Drive, Pinckney, Mich., is a senior majoring in social work and a member of the Lee Honors College. She and Dr. Danielle Wozniak, assistant professor of social work, are collaborating on "Understanding the Perspectives of Social Workers Working with Families Receiving AFDC."

Matthew Schipper of 4514 East C Ave., Kalamazoo, is a senior majoring in statistics and a member of the Lee Honors College. He and Dr. Robert Buck, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, are studying "Exposure of Individuals to Environmental Pollutants."

Jennifer Sobie of 10875 Deerwood Court, Lowell, Mich., is a senior majoring in psychology and a member of the Lee Honors College. She and Dr. Lisa Baker, associate professor of psychology, are studying "The Effects of Prompted Responding (Targeting) in Dogs on Avoidance Behavior Around Strangers."

Margaret Von Steinen of 8359 S. 24th St., Kalamazoo, is a senior majoring in journalism and a member of the Lee Honors College. She and Dr. Herbert Scott, professor of English, have undertaken a project titled "Deepening My Voice as a Poet."

Amy Vought of 39510 Wanda, Sterling Heights, Mich., is a senior majoring in paper engineering and a member of the Lee Honors College. She and Dr. Peter Parker, associate professor of paper and printing science, are studying "Particle Size Distribution Modeling of Centrifugal Cleaners in Paper Stock Preparation Systems."

Erin Wambaugh of 8416 David Highway, Lyons, Mich., is a senior majoring in biomedical science and a member of the Lee Honors College. She and Dr. Bruce Bejcek, assistant professor of biological sciences, are examining the "Comparison of Pleitrophin and its Effects on Mitogen Activated Protein Kinase Expressed in Yeast and Mammalian Cells."

Corey Yarnell of 41795 Stratton Drive, Clinton Township, Mich., is a senior majoring in dance and a member of the Lee Honors College. She and Wendy Cornish, professor of dance, are examining the "History of American Tap Dance."

Media contact: Pauline Oo, 616 387-8400, pauline.oo@wmich.edu


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