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April 5, 2010
Contact: Mark Daly, University Honors Program, (785) 864-4225

KU announces Undergraduate Research Award winners for spring 2010

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LAWRENCE — Twenty-four University of Kansas students have received Undergraduate Research Awards for spring 2010.

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

Faculty on the University Honors Research Committee selected projects based on overall quality of the proposal, student’s academic record and ability to complete the proposed research project, project’s potential contribution to knowledge and educational value of the research to the student.

“The competition continues to see more talented applicants each year as we enhance our outreach to engaged undergraduates,” said Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett, director of the University Honors Program. “I am pleased to see such a breadth of disciplines in this competition from all areas of the university.”

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

From Le Roy 66857
Sabrina Coreen Gregersen, senior in psychology; daughter of David and Teresa Gregersen; Le Roy High School; Paul Atchley, associate professor of psychology; Physiological and Behavioral Measures of a Secondary Task on Driving.

From Lawrence 66044
Alison E. King, senior in anthropology and biology; daughter of Lucille and Joseph King; Lawrence Free State High School; Sharon Billings, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology; Sustainable Food Production with Biochar: An Investigation into Mycorrhizal Associations and Nutrient Leaching.

From Lawrence 66046
Brenna Mae Tompson Daldorph, senior in French and journalism; daughter of Brian Daldorph and Sandra Tompson; Lawrence High School; Malcolm Gibson, general manager, University Daily Kansan; Notes From the Barrio: Stories From Chicago’s Latino Immigrant Neighborhoods.

From Lawrence 66049
Spencer Sassaman Lott, senior in theatre; son of Hunter and Nancy Lott; Lawrence Free State High School; Dennis Christilles, associate professor of theatre; The House of Atreus.

From Hays 67601
Megan Leigh Razak, senior in biology; daughter of Brian and Sarah Razak; Hays High School; Erik Lundquist, associate professor of molecular biosciences; Identification of New Genes Affecting Neuronal Migration.

From Ottawa 66067 and Harrison, Mo.
Lynne Marie Lammers. SEE MISSOURI

From Fort Riley 66442
Brandy Raylene Fogg, senior in environmental studies; daughter of Randall and Jenette Fogg; Junction City Senior High School; Ray Pierotti, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology; Canine Social Dynamics.

From Olathe 66061
Patrick D. McGurk, senior in microbiology; son of Harold and Ellen McGurk; Saint Thomas Aquinas High School; Erik Lundquist, associate professor of molecular biosciences; Investigation of Crosstalk Between Rac GTPase and PKC Signaling via RACK-1 in C.elegans Axon Pathfinding.

From Olathe 66062
Lee M. Clemon, senior in mechanical engineering; son of Lonnie and Doloros Clemon; Olathe South High School; Shahriar Keshmiri, assistant professor of aerospace engineering; Data Acquisition, Processing and Analysis of Precision 23 Sailboat Motion.

Kayla Marie Nelson, senior in biology and human biology; daughter of Thomas and Lynell Nelson; Olathe South High School; Mizuki Azuma, assistant professor of molecular biosciences; The Function of Ewing Sarcoma EWS/FLI1 Protein During Mitosis.

From Overland Park 66212
Stefan Wayne Vogler, senior in sociology; son of Ramona Vogler; bachelor’s in business from KU, spring 2008; Shawnee Mission West High School; Joey Sprague, professor of sociology; Shifting Masculinities: The Effects of Politico-Economic Change on Masculine Identity.

From Overland Park 66213
Danielle Marlyn Sorell, nondegree-seeking student; daughter of Brian and Colette Sorell; bachelor’s in psychology from KU, fall 2009; Blue Valley Northwest High School; Patricia Hawley, associate professor of psychology; Glucose and its Effects on Mood.

From McPherson 67460
Julia Michaela Johanna Groeblacher; senior in economics and political science; daughter of Michaela Groeblacher; McPherson High School; Mohamed El-Hodiri, professor of economics; Public Decency: The Egyptian Women’s Movement and Efforts Towards Social, Political and Economic Empowerment.

From Hutchinson 67502
Ryan Patrick Murphy, senior in chemical engineering; son of Eileen and Robert Murphy; Hutchinson Senior High School; Cindy Berrie, associate professor of chemistry; Charge Transport in Dye-sensitized Solar Cells: Investigation of the Interface Between Dye Molecules and TiO2.

From Haysville 67060
Sophia Kaska, senior in biochemistry; daughter of Tek and Sarah Kaska; Derby High School; Jeff Krise, associate professor of pharmaceutical chemistry; Evaluating a Potential Link Between Long-term Psychoactive Drug Use with the Symptoms of Niemann-Pick Type C Disease.

From Wichita 67206
Rebecca Marie Hughey, senior in cognitive science; daughter of Nancy Hughey and Roger Hughey; bachelor’s in linguistics from KU, fall 2009; Wichita High School East; Robert Fiorentino, assistant professor of linguistics; Interactions Between Emotional Connotation and Negation in Word Processing.

From Kansas City 66112
Caleb Michael Christianson, freshman in engineering physics; Living Heritage Academy, Lewisville, Texas; Judy Wu, University Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Optimization and Miniaturization of Multifunctional Biosensor.

From Highlands Ranch 80126
Amelia Leigh Altman, senior in art; daughter of Kathryn Altman; Mountain Vista High School; Cima Katz, professor of visual art; Ladies Room; Men’s Room.

From Roswell 30075
Sarah Lynn Bluvas, senior in journalism and English; daughter of Karen and Joseph Bluvas; Roswell High School; Catherine Preston, associate professor of film and media studies; Audience Analysis and Independent Filmmaking: Pilot Study.

From Raytown 64133
Anthony Robert Prosser, senior in chemistry; son of Kevin Prosser; Jefferson West High School, Meriden, Kan.; Mikhail Rubin, assistant professor of chemistry; Novel Method for the Synthesis of Diverse Donor-acceptor Cyclopropanes.

From Harrisonville 64701 and Ottawa, Kan.
Lynne Marie Lammers, senior in linguistics; daughter of Jana Jorn of Harrisonville and Carl Lammers of Ottawa; Baldwin (Kan.) High School; Joan Sereno, professor of linguistics; Factors Impacting Perception of Foreign-Accented Speech.

From Stillwater 74075
Amy Virginia Buchanan, senior in theatre; daughter of David and Cindy Buchanan; Stillwater High School; Henry Bial, associate professor of theatre; An Experimental Approach to Theatre through the Director of 4.48 Psychosis.

From Bellaire 77401
Dena Hurwitz Feiveson, senior in psychology; daughter of Alan and Marsha Feiveson; High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston, Texas; Sarah Pressman, assistant professor of psychology; Can Facial Feedback Buffer Stress Reactivity?

From Belo Horizonte
Patrick Sullivan De Oliveira, senior in history and journalism; son of Luiz Carlos and Pat Sullivan De Oliveira; Nathan Wood, assistant professor of history; Ghosts of the Boulevard: Changes in Urban Identity in Nineteenth-Century Lyon.

From Jamshedpur
Subhankar Halder, sophomore in mathematics and physics; son of Tusar Kanti Halder; Loyola High School; Michael Murray, associate professor of physics and astronomy; Error Analysis of Feynman’s Hypothesis Based on Data from the Brahms Experiment.

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