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UT Tyler Faculty Awarded Summer Internal Grants

July 25, 2007

Four faculty members at The University of Texas at Tyler were awarded internal faculty research grants this summer, Dr. Arlene Horne, UT Tyler vice president of sponsored research, announced.


UT Tyler faculty members listed with amount awarded and funded research topic are:

  • Dr. Weijia Su, associate professor of civil engineering, received $7,117 for the development of a web-based soil mechanics laboratory.
  • Dr. Janith Williams, assistant professor of nursing, received $7,080 to compare the administration patterns and dosing of bio-identical hormones.
  • Dr. Tanya Shtoyko, assistant professor of chemistry, received $5,964 to purchase equipment for her research in determining the ways silver fractal-microcavity composites will enhance fluorescence in human proteins.
  • Dr. James Koukl, associate professor of biology, received $4,792 to study the aquatic turtle populations in the Sabine River.


These research awards are intended to provide faculty members with the funds necessary to complete the preliminary research needed to be able to compete for external funding, according to Horne.


One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of nearly 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.



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