KU News Release


March 12, 2010
Contact: Emily Huckabay, Office for Diversity in Science Training, (785) 864-7316

KU announces 2010 Kansas IDeA Network scholarship recipients

LAWRENCE — Ten students at the University of Kansas received 2010 undergraduate research scholarships through the Kansas IDeA (Institutional Development Awards) Network of Biomedical Research Excellence program.

Six students received scholarships for spring and summer 2010 funded by the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, or K-INBRE, and four more received summer scholarships funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The K-INBRE undergraduate scholarship program at the Lawrence campus is funded through a $25.6 million National Institutes of Health grant to KU. Joan Hunt, vice chancellor for biomedical research infrastructure at the KU Medical Center and University Distinguished Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, is principal investigator.

The Lawrence campus is one of 10 participating campuses that receive support. James A. Orr, professor of molecular biosciences, is the Lawrence campus coordinator for the program.

The scholarships encourage students to pursue careers in science and, ultimately, promote biomedical research in Kansas. The spring 2010 scholarships provide up to $2,000, and summer 2010 scholarships provide up to $4,000.

Students receiving K-INBRE scholarships through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA, were eligible for a $4,000 stipend plus a $1,000 supply budget for summer 2010.

Scholarships are awarded based on merit and quality of an applicant’s research proposal. Scholars are selected by a multidisciplinary committee made up of faculty members from molecular biosciences and chemistry.

Scholars will present their research results at the annual Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium on campus and at the K-INBRE statewide symposium in January.

Typically, the K-INBRE has provided spring and summer funding for six to 10 undergraduate scholars a year. This year, 18 students applied and six received the annual spring and summer scholarships. Fifteen applied for the ARRA scholarships.

The K-INBRE program was funded in 2001. The first scholarships were issued to KU undergraduates in summer 2002. Since then, the program has provided support to 74 KU students.

Participating network partners are Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Haskell Indian Nations University, Kansas State University, KU’s Lawrence campus, KU Medical Center, Pittsburg State University, Washburn University, Wichita State University and Langston (Okla.) University.

The 2010 undergraduate research scholarship recipients are listed below by hometown, level in school, major(s), parents’ names, high school (when available), scholarship, faculty mentor and title of research project.

ELLIS COUNTY
From Hays 67601
Megan Leigh Razak, senior in biology; daughter of Brian and Sarah Razak; Hays High School; K-INBRE Scholar; Erik A. Lundquist, associate professor of molecular biosciences; Neuronal Migration in Caenorhabditis elegans

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence 66047
Erica T. Goddard, senior in microbiology; daughter of Dianne Goddard; Lawrence High School; K-INBRE Scholar; David Davido, assistant professor of molecular biosciences; Transcriptional Interference of the Antiviral Gene PML by Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1

From Lawrence 66047 and Seoul, South Korea
Kevin Changhun Song, sophomore in chemical engineering; son of Byung Ho Song and Jeungen Yu Song of Seoul, South Korea; Lawrence Free State High School; ARRA K-INBRE Scholar; Wonpil Im, assistant professor of molecular science; Structure Modeling of Oligosaccharides and Its Application to Glycoprotein Simulations

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Gardner 66030
Derek Taylor Jensen, sophomore in biochemistry; son of Roy and Linda Jensen; Gardner Edgerton High School; K-INBRE Scholar; Susan M. Lunte, the Ralph N. Adams Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry; Induction of perozynitrite synthesis in macrophage cells and optimization of peroxynitrite electrochemical detection

From Olathe 66062
Sam Xiansong Li, senior in microbiology; son of Sui Chen and Hong Li; Olathe East High School; ARRA K-INBRE Scholar; Victoria Corbin, associate professor of molecular biosciences; Transgenic Study of Muscle Development gene in Drosophila

Kayla Marie Nelson, senior in biology; daughter of Thomas and Lynell Nelson; Olathe South High School; K-INBRE Scholar; Mizuki Azuma, assistant professor of molecular biosciences; The function of Ewing sarcoma EWS/FLI1 protein during mitosis

From Prairie Village 66208
Bethany G. Lucas, senior in biology; daughter of James and Pamela Lucas; Shawnee Mission East High School; K-INBRE Scholar; Robert Edwin Ward IV, assistant professor of molecular biosciences; Cloning and characterization of sidewinder, a gene involved in tracheal development and dorsal closure in Drosophila

KINGMAN COUNTY
From Cunningham 67035
Derek Michael Setter, senior in biology; son of Christopher Setter; Cunningham High School; ARRA K-INBRE Scholar; Matthew Buechner, associate professor of molecular biosciences; Novel Generation of Temperature-Sensitive Mutations

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita 67214
Maxwell R. Hinman, senior in biology; son of Rhandalee and Raleigh Hinman; Wichita High School East; ARRA K-INBRE Scholar; James A. Orr, professor of molecular biosciences and director of the Office for Diversity in Science Training; Influence of Indomethacin on the Duration of Contractile Responses of Isolated Blood Vessels to Thromboxane A2 Mimetic, U46,619

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka 66618
Brittany Michelle Eisenbarth, senior in biology; daughter of Richard and Janet Eisenbarth; Seaman High School; K-INBRE Scholar; Edina Harsay, assistant professor of molecular biosciences; Identifying interactions for Avl9, a novel protein that functions in membrane traffic


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