JONESBORO, Ark. - Arkansas State University's Office of Research and Technology Transfer (ORTT) is excited to announce the distribution of over $60,000 in awards to support undergraduate student research, a powerful mechanism for high-impact learning, student retention and faculty satisfaction. The Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) offers the annual Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) competition to support faculty-mentored undergraduate research projects. All academic disciplines are eligible.
Successful students receive a stipend up to $1,250 for a full year and $625 for one semester to conduct research with a faculty mentor. ORTT provides 100 percent match for the student stipend, for totals of $2,500 (full year) and $1,250 (one semester). In addition, students may receive up to $750 in travel funds and the faculty mentor may receive up to $750 for travel and supplies.
ASU submitted 23 proposals for a total of $80,875 this year, including $23,750 in ORTT matching funds. ADHE funded 10 of these proposals for a total of $26,250 and ORTT matched with $11,250. These include:
Student and Major; Faculty and Department; ADHE; ORTT; Total Michael Cerrato, Psychology; Kris Biondolillo, Psychology & Counseling; $2,750; $1,250; $4,000 Cecilia Clark, Mechanical Engineering; Shivan Haran, Mechanical Engineering; $2,750; $1,250; $4,000 Natanya Clark, Mathematics; Jeongho Ahn, Mathematics & Statistics; $2,750; $1,250; $4,000 Jordan Falls, Electrical Engineering; Ilwoo Seok, Electrical Engineering; $2,750; $1,250; $4,000 Starlene Loerch, Biology/Zoology; Paul Sikkel, Biological Sciences; $2,750; $1,250; $4,000 Matthew Manning, CS & Mathematics; Hai Jiang, Computer Science; $2,750; $1,250; $4,000 Andrea Meyers, Chemistry; Jianfeng Xu, Chemistry; $2,750; $1,250; $4,000 Chelsey Moser, Exercise Science; Roy Aldridge, Physical Therapy; $2,125; $625; $2,750 Kassandra Riley, Biology; Travis Marsico, Biology; $2,750; $1,250; $4,000 Laura White, Mathematics; Hong Zhou, Mathematics & Statistics; $2,125; $625; $2,750
Next, the College of Sciences and Mathematics agreed to support three more proposals for a total of $8,500. These include:
Student and Major; Faculty and Department; Total Aaron Cato, Biology; Tanja McKay, Biological Sciences; $2,750 Rebecca Ring, Biology; Elizabeth Hood, Biological Sciences; $2,500 Alexander Worm, Wildlife Ecology & Mgmt; Thomas Risch, Biological Sciences; $3,250
Lastly, ORTT funded six proposals, totaling $18,750, as follows:
Student and Major; Faculty and Department; Total Jonathan Cole, Mechanical Engineering; Ilwoo Seok, Mechanical Engineering; $4,000 Aaron Hattle, English; Cyndy Hendershot, English & Philosophy; $2,750 John Koch, Mechanical Engineering; David Jeong, Mechanical Engineering; $4,000 Linda Ogutu, Biology; Fabricio Medina-Bolivar, Biological Sciences; $2,750 Haley Petrus, Exercise Science; Cristy Phillips, Physical Therapy; $2,500 Jennifer Roberts, Chemistry; Maureen Dolan, Biosciences & Biotechnology; $2,750
Students will begin working with faculty mentors this month. ASU is also excited by the diversity of student majors and faculty departments represented in the proposals and award lists. All students will be strongly encouraged to showcase their research findings at the second annual "Create @ STATE: A Symposium for Research, Scholarship and Creativity" on the ASU campus on Thursday, April 11. The public is invited to attend.
(Source: Arkansas State University)