Jan. 28, 2004

Contact: Sue Lorenz, Honors Program, (785) 864-4614.

KU names 15 winners of spring 2004 Undergraduate Research Awards

LAWRENCE -- Fifteen University of Kansas seniors, including 10 Kansans, have received Undergraduate Research Awards for spring 2004.

KU's University Honors Program administers the awards that come from KU's general research fund. They support original independent research by Lawrence campus undergraduates. This semester each student received $500.

Selection criteria included the quality of the proposal, the student's academic record and ability to complete the proposed research project, the project's potential contribution to knowledge and the educational value of the research to the student.

Students receiving awards, their major, parents' names, high school alma maters, research project titles and faculty advisers are:

FINNEY COUNTY
From Garden City
Shawn McKee, biochemistry, son of Evelyn Scheer; Garden City Senior High School graduate; "Desymmetrization Methods Using Phosphorus Tethers as Tools for Natural Product Synthesis," sponsored by Paul Hanson, associate professor of chemistry.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Olathe
Brooke Shellaine Barrett, chemistry, daughter of Helen Krause; Olathe North High School graduate; "Determination of Binding Constants Using Affinity Capillary Electrophoresis," sponsored by Susan M. Lunte, professor of pharmaceutical chemistry.

MCPHERSON COUNTY
From Lindsborg
Miriam Wallen, theatre and film, daughter of Mike and Rose Marie Wallen; Smoky Valley High School graduate; "The End of Dueling," sponsored by Jonathan C.D. Clark, Hall Family Foundation distinguished professor of history.

MITCHELL COUNTY
From Beloit
Teresa Brown, speech-language-hearing, daughter of Donald and Joanne Brown; St. John's High School graduate; "Representation of Sound Structure of Words in Adults," sponsored by Holly Storkel, assistant professor of speech-language-hearing.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Haysville
Timothy D. Kerr, pharmacy, son of Kenny and Donna Kerr; Derby High School graduate; "Proposal for a New Approach to Antibiotic Design," sponsored by Brian Blagg, assistant professor of medicinal chemistry.

From Wichita
Erin Klager, Spanish, daughter of C. Vance and Lana Klager; Wichita East High School graduate; "Viceme Classification of Non-English Vowels by Speakers of English, sponsored by Allard Jongman, associate professor of linguistics.

Jonathan D. Power, biochemistry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kent Power; Wichita East High School graduate; "Characterization of Adjuvant-Protein Binding and the Effects of Binding Upon Protein Structure and Thermal Stability," sponsored by Russell Middaugh, Takeru Higuchi distinguished professor of pharmaceutical chemistry.

Ellen Elizabeth Quillen, biochemistry, daughter of Marc Quillen and Marilyn Harp; The Independent School graduate; "Heterozygosity and Genetic Drift in Isolated Newfoundland Fishing Villages," sponsored by Michael Crawford, professor of anthropology.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka
Anna D. Gregory, history, daughter of Marilyn and Guy Gregory Jr.; Topeka High School graduate; "Lawrence: A Story of Downtown Preservation," sponsored by Jeff Moran, associate professor of history.

Kari Lyn Morgan, psychology, daughter of Candace Thomas; Seaman High School graduate; "Assessing the Levels of Internalizing, Externalizing and Adaptive Behavior Within One Child," sponsored by Yo Jackson, associate professor of clinical child psychology.

MISSOURI
From Joplin
Matthew Pirotte, history, son of Thomas Pirotte; Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School graduate; "An Evaluation of the United States Military's Medical Response to Malaria in World War II," sponsored by Ted Wilson, professor of history.

NEW MEXICO
From Albuquerque
Kandace Creel, psychology, daughter of Estella Creel; Albuquerque Academy graduate; "Girls Going Wild? An American Phenomenon," sponsored by Sherrie Tucker, assistant professor of American studies.

OKLAHOMA
From Edmond
Jeremiah Buettner, anthropology, son of Kenneth and Barbara Buettner; Edmond Memorial High School graduate; "Gender Effects on the Interpretation of Self-Referent Language," sponsored by Monica Biernat, professor of psychology.

TEXAS
From Dallas
Kelley Diane Briant, mechanical engineering, daughter of Granville and Pauline Briant; Greenhill School graduate, Addison, Texas; "Back Belts: Do They Really Work?" sponsored by Sara Wilson, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

WASHINGTON
From Bainbridge Island
Mallory Elizabeth Yund, theatre and film, daughter of Carolyn Yund; Bainbridge High School graduate; "Interpretations," sponsored by Matt Jacobson, assistant professor of theatre and film.

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