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WMU students win undergraduate research awards

July 10, 1997

KALAMAZOO -- Ten WMU students (see list below) were selected to receive $500 Research and Creative Activities Awards presented by the College of Arts and Sciences for the fall semester.

The award program is intended to increase opportunities for undergraduates to participate with faculty mentors in professional activity outside the classroom.

"This program reflects our desire to better integrate the teaching and research missions of the college and provide the hands-on experience for our undergraduates," said Dr. Elise B. Jorgens, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The program permits students to apply for a specific role with an ongoing faculty-directed research project or to initiate new projects in cooperation with faculty. Preference is given to projects that actively involve students in significant experiences that go beyond those typically available in the classroom.

To be eligible for the award, students generally must have declared a major or minor in a program or department within the college, have completed at least 30 credit hours and have at least a 3.0 grade point average within their major. Applications were judged by a five-member committee representing the college.

The fall semester projects represent the diversity of scholarly activity in the college, ranging from a study of cell migration in the brain of zebrafish to an analysis of counter stereotypes of women scientists in the media.


CITY (all Michigan)--student's name, hometown street address, class year, major, name of faculty mentor and research project title.


BUCHANAN--Joshua J. Blevins of 310 Short St. is a junior majoring in sociology. He and Dr. Thomas E. Ford, assistant professor of sociology, will study "Effects of Epistemic Motivations on the Use of Accessible Constructs in Social Judgment."

CADILLAC--Kelly A. Garcia of 513 E. Cass is a junior majoring in University curriculum. She and Dr. Jocelyn D. Steinke, assistant professor of English, will study "Analysis of Counter Stereotypes of Women Scientists in the Media."

FLUSHING--Jennifer Bobo of 8349 W. Potter Road is a senior majoring in French and geography. She and Dr. Julie E. Fischer, assistant professor of geography, will study "Identifying Natural Resource Management and Tenure Strategies by Different Social Groups in Futta Jalon, Guinea."

GRAND RAPIDS--Katherine A. Myers of 752 Charlotte N.W. is a junior majoring in public relations. She and Dr. Wendy Z. Ford, assistant professor of communication, will research "Exploring the Impact of Customer Service Practices on Service Providers."

HOWELL--Christopher Poisson of 263 Norlynn Drive is a senior majoring in mathematics. He and Dr. Ping Zhang, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, will study "Graphs with Continuous Degrees."


Margaret L. Bullard of 544 N. Clarendon is a senior majoring in organizational communication and Spanish. She and Dr. Mercedes Tasende, associate professor of foreign languages and literatures, will study "On-line and CD-ROM as Supplements for Spanish Learning."

Sean R. Chapin of 1308 Sutherland Ave. is a senior majoring in physics. He and Dr. Paul Pancella, associate professor of physics, will study "Z- dependence of Solid, Internal Target Performance in a Storage Ring."

Robert L. Walk of 302 Stuart Apt. 4 is a senior majoring in applied mathematics. He and Dr. Niloufer Mackey, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, will study "Visualizing Matrix Algorithms."

MASON--Margaret Lincoln of 222 E. Oak St. is a junior majoring in biomedical sciences. She and Dr. Gyula Ficsor, professor of biological sciences, will research "Inhibition of DNA Repair by Cadmium."

VICKSBURG--Kathryn M. Stafinski of 3800 E. V Ave. is a senior majoring in biomedical sciences. She and Dr. Christine A. Byrd, assistant professor of biological sciences, will research "Cell Migration in the Brain of the Adult Zebrafish."

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