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March 27, 2006
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KU Graduate and Professional Association recognizes students’ research projects

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Graduate and Professional Association held its third Graduate Research Competition and presented $2,900 in awards to 15 of 38 students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees who displayed their research projects at the Kansas Union on March 6.

The monetary awards were sponsored by the KU Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Graduate School to support student research. Steve Himes, Lawrence second-year law student, is executive director of the KU Graduate and Professional Association, which organized the event.

Winners of the two $500 awards were:

  • Shawna Carroll, Northglenn, Colo., doctoral anthropology student and master’s degree student in public health.
  • Joseph Lubach, Pella, Iowa, doctoral pharmaceutical chemistry student.

Winners of the four $250 awards were:

  • Christa Anderson, Kansas City, Mo., doctoral psychology student.
  • Jeff Dressel, Highland, Ill., doctoral student in psychology.
  • Chad Johnson, Grand Rapids, Mich., doctoral chemistry and petroleum engineering student.
  • Abdul Jabbar Mohammad, Hyderabad, India, doctoral student in electrical engineering and computer science.

Recipients of $100 awards were:

  • Arvind K. Chappa, Vizag, India, doctoral student in pharmaceutical chemistry.
  • John D. Paden, Baldwin City, doctoral student in electrical engineering.
  • Lori Wiebold-Lippisch, Walford, Iowa, doctoral student in sociology.
  • Feiyan Chen, Yongan, Fujian, China, doctoral student in chemical and petroleum engineering.
  • Mary Cohen, Wichita, doctoral student in music education.
  • Steve Davis, Gaithersburg, Md., master’s degree student in entomology.
  • Abby Dotson, Topeka, doctoral student in microbiology.
  • Allyn Kaufmann, Baxter Springs, doctoral student in pharmaceutical chemistry.

As part of the competition activities, eight projects were chosen for display at the Graduate Student Research Summit held March 8 at the state Capitol in Topeka. The eight KU graduate representatives joined others from Kansas State University and Wichita State University at the event intended to raise awareness of the graduate programs at KU, Kansas State and Wichita State and the importance of graduate students’ research at state universities.

Research topics presented by KU students in Topeka were:

  • A morphine alternative for cancer patients and others with acute pain without the side effect of drug dependence and substance abuse, by Arvind K. Chappa, Vizag, India, doctoral student in pharmaceutical chemistry.

  • A two-week workshop created to give better chemistry and physics background for middle school teachers in earth science and life sciences, by Danielle Barker, Conway, Ark., doctoral student in chemistry.

  • Imaging devices to help track measure the movement and melting of polar ice sheets that could predict future global climate change, by John D. Paden, Baldwin City, doctoral student in electrical engineering.

  • Studies questioning how race relations could have been just as defining an issue in Kansas at the turn of the 20th century and continue that impact in the everyday experiences of average people in Middle America, not just in the South and urban areas, by David Peavler, Emporia, doctoral student in history.

  • Defining what keeps certain obese adults in a program of regular exercise to lose weight while others revert to unhealthy habits after a few months and regain the weight lost, by Stephanie Wallio, Indianola, Iowa, doctoral students in psychology. Her research partner is Olivia Chang, Cypress, Calif., doctoral student in psychology.

  • Ways support brokers can get the most out of the self-determination approach for individuals with disabilities dealing with the HCBS Medicaid fund option, by Luchara Sayles Wallace, Greenville, N.C., doctoral student in special education.

  • How county governments in three Midwestern states set priorities to deal with the triple dilemma of globalization and loss of jobs, outmigration of the young and educated population and health care needs of an aging population, by Lori Wiebold-Lippisch, Walford, Iowa, doctoral student in sociology.

  • Monitoring and measuring the hydrogeologic boundaries of the Kansas River aquifer in a way that safeguards the water quality and tracks contaminants, by Brett Engard, Paso Robles, Calif., master’s degree student in geology.

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