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Feb. 7, 2006
Contact: Mark Nesbitt-Daly, Honors Program, (785) 864-4225.

KU names 11 winners of Undergraduate Research Awards for spring 2006

LAWRENCE — Ten seniors and one junior at the University of Kansas have received Undergraduate Research Awards for spring 2006. Seven of the award recipients are Kansans.

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 majors, parents’ names, previous school attended, research project titles and faculty advisers are:

ALLEN COUNTY
From Iola
Jason Roe, senior in history, son of David and Debra Roe, Iola High School; “The Kansas Health Community and Public Health: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic.” Sponsored by Jeffrey Moran, associate professor of history.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Olathe
Mariza Rosales, junior in speech-language-hearing and psychology, daughter of Mike and Virginia Rosales, Olathe East High School; “Word Learning by Spanish-Speaking Toddlers.” Sponsored by Holly Storkel, assistant professor of speech-language-hearing.

From Overland Park
Lauren Marino, senior in history, daughter of Michael and Judy Marino, St. Thomas Aquinas High School; “Amnesty in South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.” Sponsored by Elizabeth MacGonagle, assistant professor of African history.

LEAVENWORTH COUNTY
From Tonganoxie
Andrew Becker, senior in chemical engineering, son of Debbie and Gene Becker; Tonganoxie High School; “Advanced Tissue Engineering Scaffolds from Supercritical CO2 Processing.” Sponsored by Michael S. Detamore, assistant professor of chemical engineering.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Derby
Caroline Biggs, senior in sociology with English minor, daughter of Martha Biggs; Derby High School; “Childfree Women Involved in Social Movement Organizations.” Sponsored by Brian Donovan, assistant professor of sociology.

Zahra Knott, senior in design (textile design-weaving), daughter of Brian and Pat Knott, Derby High School; “Fibers of Kansas.” Sponsored by Mary Anne Jordan, associate professor of textiles.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Tecumseh
Jamin Dreasher, senior in history, daughter of David and Roxann Fath, Shawnee Heights Senior High School; “Food for Peace: The Forgotten Factor in America’s Cold War Policy.” Sponsored by Karl Brooks, assistant professor of history.

MISSOURI
From Columbia
Josh Parshall, senior in American studies, son of Tim and Lynn Parshall, Hickman High School; “Klezmer: Contemporary Meanings.” Sponsored by Jonathan Boyarin, Robert M. Beren Distinguished Professor of Modern Jewish Studies.

ARMED FORCES PACIFIC
Catherine Butel, senior in political science, daughter of Michael Butel; James Madison High School, Vienna, Va.; “Causes of Negotiations Between the Zapatistas and the Mexican Central Government.” Sponsored by John Kennedy, assistant professor of political science.

TAIWAN
From Yungkang City
En-Chi (Samuel) Lang, senior in history, international studies and French, son of Paul Lang; Allen County Community College; “One Historic Visit to Mainland China.” Sponsored by Megan Greene, assistant professor of history.

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