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March 8, 2007
Contact: Mark Nesbitt-Daly, University Honors Program, (785) 864-4225.

KU announces 15 winners of Undergraduate Research Awards

LAWRENCE — Fifteen University of Kansas students have received $1,200 Undergraduate Research Awards to be used from January to June 2007.

Undergraduate Research Awards support original, independent research by Lawrence campus undergraduates. The University Honors Program administers the awards with funds from the offices of the provost and the vice provost for research and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Members of the University Honors Council selected the students using criteria such as 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.

Twelve of the recipients are Kansans; 13 are seniors and two are juniors.

Students receiving awards are listed below by hometown, major, parents’ names, previous school attended, research project titles and faculty advisers.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence 66044
Alexander Krejci, junior in geology and physics, son of Jerry and Kelli Krejci, Olathe Northwest High School; Statistical Analysis in Astrobiology; Adrian Melott, professor of physics and astronomy.

From Lawrence 66046
Jacqueline McClenny, senior in English, Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Carbondale, Colo.; The Enduring Heart of London; Tom Lorenz, assistant professor of English.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Lenexa 66216
Morgan Butrick, senior in biology, daughter of Chip Butrick and Kathy Madison, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School; Exploration of CRP-1 and CHW-1 Genes on Neuronal Development in C. Elegans; Erik Lundquist, associate professor of molecular biosciences.

From Olathe 66062
Erik Nelson, junior in pre-journalism and cognitive psychology, son of Thomas and Lynell Nelson, Olathe South High School; Perception of Safety and Cell Phone Usage While Driving; Paul Atchley, associate professor of psychology.

From Prairie Village 66208
Laura Stiles, senior in engineering physics, daughter of Mark and Brenda Stiles, Shawnee Mission East High School; From Fibers to Photons: Measuring Positions of the Zero Degree Calorimeter; Michael Murray, assistant professor of physics and astronomy.

Andrew Wooten, senior in aerospace engineering and engineering physics, son of Kent and Nanette Wooten, Shawnee Mission East High School; Monte Carlo Simulations of Protein Translocation Along DNA; Christopher Fischer, assistant professor of physics and astronomy.

LEAVENWORTH COUNTY
From Lansing 66043
Gwyndolyn Jones, junior in chemistry and French, daughter of Robert and Janet Jones, Lansing High School; Structural Aspects of Amide-Containing Macrocycles; Kristin Bowman-James, professor of chemistry.

MITCHELL COUNTY
From Beloit 67420
Catherine Kollhoff, senior in chemical engineering and Spanish, daughter of Michael Kollhoff, Saint John’s High School; Multi-Lingual Genderlects: A Woman’s Place in Industry; Antonio Simoes, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Clearwater 67206
Jessica Snyder, senior in astronomy and engineering physics, daughter of Mike Snyder, Clearwater High School; Forward Energy From Photons and Neutrons at the Large Hadron Collider; Michael Murray, assistant professor of physics and astronomy.

Ashlee Widler, senior in linguistics and speech-language-hearing, daughter of Todd and Kim Widler, Clearwater High School; Topography of Neural Responses to Spectrally Rotated Speech Stimuli; Edward Auer, assistant professor of speech-language-hearing.

From Wichita 67230
Eric Schmidt, senior in chemical engineering, biology and pre-medicine, son of Kurt and Laura Schmidt, Wichita East High School; Sequencing the Timeless Gene in Eurydice Pulchra; Jennifer Gleason, assistant professor of biology.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka 66614
Heather Wurtz, senior in anthropology and Latin American studies, daughter of Tim and Karen Wurtz, Hayden High School; Maternal Reproductive Health in the Southern Peruvian Andes; Bartholomew Dean, associate professor of anthropology.

MISSOURI
From Kansas City 64151
Sandra Carpenter, senior in psychology, daughter of Jim and Kathy Carpenter, Park Hill Senior High School; Internet Assessments vs. Their Paper-and-Pencil Equivalence: How Context Influences the Measurement of Attachment Style; Todd Little, professor of psychology.

From Lee's Summit 64081
Jana Johnston, senior in linguistics and Latin American studies, daughter of Doug and Patty Johnston, Lee’s Summit Senior High School; A Language of Paraguay: A Phonetic Description of Jopara; Alard Jongman, professor of linguistics.

NEBRASKA
From Fremont 68025
Joshua Wewel, senior in microbiology and pre-medicine, son of James and Jodi Wewel, Fremont Senior High School; New Cyclization Methods to Novel S-Heterocycles for Library Production; Paul Hansen, professor of chemistry.

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