March 29, 2020 at 9:44 am

Seven Biology Students Receive Student Enhancement Awards

From Research Communications

Seven Biological Sciences students are among the 2020 recipients of the Ohio University Student Enhancement Awards program, which provided 21 students with a total of $121,948 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.

The program received 67 proposals with a total funding request of $380,519. Students may request up to $6,000 per proposal.

Raeven Bastock (graduate student, Biological Sciences; mentors: Erin Murphy and Ronan Carroll) received $6,000 for Determining the structure of the Aureolysin RNA thermosensor.

Marissa Dyck, portrait

Marissa Dyck

Marissa Dyck (graduate student, Biological Sciences; mentor: Viorel Popescu) received $6,000 for Assessing competition between two apex predators in Ohio using non-invasive techniques.

Meredith Fitschen-Brown, portrait

Meredith Fitschen-Brown

Meredith Fitschen-Brown (graduate student, Biological Sciences; mentor: Molly R. Morris) received $6,000 for Ecological and evolutionary responses of freshwater fish to agricultural pollution.

Khemi Kasabwala (undergraduate student, Biological Sciences and Edison Biotechnology Institute; mentor: Edward List) received $6,000 for Effect of growth hormone on DNA methylation in vivo.

Prateek Kulkarni, portrait

Prateek Kulkarni

Prateek Kulkarni (graduate student, Biological Sciences; mentor: John Kopchick) received $6,000 for Investigating the effects of growth hormone action on tumor derived exosome output and contents.

Kira Slepchenk with President M. Duane Nellis

Kira Slepchenk with President M. Duane Nellis.

Kira Slepchenko (graduate student, Biological Sciences; mentor: Craig Nunemaker) received $6,000 for The role of inflammation sensitive iron-regulating protein hepcidin in diabetes.

Brian Waldron, portrait

Brian Waldron

Brian Waldron (graduate student, Biological Sciences; mentor: Shawn Kuchta) received $6,000 for Traversing the Great Lakes region: Post-glacial range expansion of the Eastern Red-backed Salamander.

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