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Undergrad researchers, faculty mentors honored
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010
By Beverly Makhani, University College
WSU undergraduate research director David F. Bahr has announced that 34 students from majors across the disciplines have been awarded $1,000 Auvil Scholars Fellowships for the 2010-11 academic year.
“The quality and scope of the research being conducted by these undergraduates is very impressive, and it’s a pleasure that we are able to support so many this year with Auvil Scholars Fellowships,” said Bahr. A professor in mechanical and materials science engineering, he has led the University College undergraduate research office since it began in 2006.
“We had a record number of applicants - 97. I believe that more students throughout WSU are doing research with a mentoring faculty member, as well as keeping an eye out for funding for their efforts,” he said.
For purposes of his office, Bahr said “undergraduate research” is shorthand for research, scholarship and creative activities. He said this covers “all majors and colleges, and it’s any time students are working with faculty in an academic discipline at WSU.”
This is the first year that students accepting the Auvil awards will be responsible for reporting back to Bahr the progress or results of their research. He said the information will appear online at http://undergraduateresearch.wsu.edu.
The Auvil awards are intended to further the students’ research. Administered by the undergraduate research office, the program was created in 2006 through an estate gift from WSU alumnus Grady and Lillie Auvil, Wenatchee tree-fruit entrepreneurs.
“We are ever grateful to the Auvil’s, whose generous gift has provided financial support to nearly 100 undergraduates total," Bahr said. "The Auvil fellowships make a tremendous difference to students pursuing research. And, undergraduate research is identified as a highly impactful experience in any student’s well-rounded college education.”
In alphabetical order, the recipients of the 2010-11 Auvil Scholars Fellowships are:
Omar Bayomy, a junior in neuroscience and the Honors College, who researches with faculty mentor James Krueger;
Jonathan Thorn Bliggenstorfer, junior, biology and French and the Honors College, Doug Call;
Zachary Jay Cole, senior, kinesiology, Larry Bruya;
Sharon Louise Cox, junior, chemical engineering and the Honors College, Nehal Abu-Lail;
Lee Cyr, senior, neuroscience and biology and psychology, Krzysztof Czaja;
Jeffrey Carl Davis, junior, biochemistry and the Honors College, Michael Griswold;
Jeff Doan, senior, finance and public relations, Glenn Crellin;
Ashlee Eskelsen, senior, human nutrition/nutritional science, Sue Ritter;
Kevin Feiszli, senior, psychology and political science and Honors College, Lisa Fournier;
Kelli Brianne Flanigan, senior, biochemistry, Brian Kemp;
Caryssa M. Gilmore, junior, music education/choral endorsement and the Honors College, Jesse Spohnholz;
Kristi Michelle Goetz, senior, human development and psychology, Nicole Werner;
Rafael Hernandez, senior, mechanical engineering, Konstantin Matveev;
Skuyler Poage Herzog, senior, environmental science and Honors College, Cailin Huyck Orr;
Casey Lawson, junior, animal science/pre-vet and the Honors College, Dan Rodgers;
Jeffrey Andreas Ladderud, sophomore, geology and the Honors College, John Wolff;
Ryan William Liesche, senior, organic agriculture, Brenda Schroeder;
Adriana Lippy, senior, microbiology and Honors College, Robert Mealey;
Shantel Amealia Martinez, senior, bioengineering, Lesley Murphy;
Ellen I. Miller, senior, natural resource sciences, Linda Hardesty;
Codie Ross Milliren, senior, English literature, Karen Diller;
Daniel James Reis, junior, psychology and the Honors College, Brendan Walker;
Ian Richardson, senior, mechanical engineering, Jake Leachman;
Edward M. Rooney, senior, neuroscience and Honors College, Michael Wiater;
Charlotte M. Seidel, junior, zoology and Honors College, Laura Lavine;
Nolan Smith, senior, biology, Gary Thorgaard;
Gianne Souza, senior, microbiology and Honors College, James Krueger;
Meghann Eileen Stevens, senior, anthropology, Colin Grier;
Jennifer Elizabeth Svarverud, senior, zoology/pre-med, Margaret Black;
Elizabeth Lee Swanson, senior, viticulture and enology, Naidu Rayapati;
Reem Tariq, senior, genetics and cell biology, Raymond Quock;
Alexander McFarland Walker, sophomore, biochemistry/biophysics and the Honors College, Eric A. Shelden;
Rachel Katherine Wanty, junior, neuroscience and Spanish and the Honors College, Krzysztof Czaja;
John Paul Young, senior, materials science engineering, David Field.