April 29, 2019 at 4:10 pm

Biological Sciences Students Receive Student Enhancement Awards

Matthew Kaunert, photo outdoors holding a tortoise

Matthew Kaunert

The Ohio University Student Enhancement Awards program announced that 22 students received awards totaling of $124,423 in funding for their original research, scholarship and creative work this spring. The Student Enhancement Awards are funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity and administered by the Council for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity, which is appointed by Faculty Senate.

Several Biological Sciences graduate students were successful in obtaining funding for their research projects:

  • Wren Edwards (mentor: Nancy Stevens) received $5,929 for Documenting behavioral impacts of ecotourism on chimpanzees in Uganda.
  • Sazan Ismael (mentor: Daewoo Lee) received $5,993 for Activity and phosphorylation dependent tau secretion.
  • Matthew Kaunert (mentor: Viorel Popescu) received $5,960 for Evaluating the recovery and persistence of the Eastern Hellbender in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
  • Rebecca Keogh (mentor: Ronan Carroll) received $5,984 for Investigating how the chaperone activity of PpiB protects Staphylococcus aureus under stress conditions.
  • Christian Showalter (mentor: Monica Burdick) received $5,987 for Analysis of breast cancer-derived exosomes in promoting bone metastasis.


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