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February 2, 2009

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Students Win Research Grants in Campus Competition

Students at The University of Texas at Tyler won research grant awards through a competitive competition held on campus, Dr. Arlene Horne, associate vice president for research and federal relations, announced.

Ten graduate and ten undergraduate awards were given for the 2009 spring semester.

Graduate-level students and field of study are: Abraham Arhin of West Africa, biology; Ella Bonner of Henderson, art history; Nicodemus Christopher of Bullard, health and kinesiology; Curtis Clark of Palestine, biology; Sobia Farooq of Pakistan, mechanical engineering; SaiSri Haridass of India, electrical engineering; Venkata Kumar Marri of India, computer science; Levi McClendon of Lufkin, psychology; Suzanne Rice of Kilgore, psychology; Sheri Sanders of Michigan, biology; and E’loria Simon-Campbell of Crockett, nursing.  

Undergraduate-level students and field of study are: Lisa Brown of Tyler, biology; Robert Collier of Argyle, business; Alexandra Gunawan of Austin, biology; Audrey Hammack of Tyler, chemistry; Hup Holland of Tyler, mathematics; Christina January of Missouri, biology; Bradley Martin of Palestine, biology; Heather McBride of Tyler, chemistry; Brad Quillin of Longview, psychology; and Owen Sanderson of Bonham, civil engineering. 

The student researcher could be awarded up to $500 for his or her research, and the faculty sponsor of the winning students would also be awarded $300 for support of the student project.

Out of 39 applications submitted, 18 were graduate-level, and 21 were undergraduate.

“This competition was a great success, and we look for an even better spring semester when all of these recipients will compete against each other in May in a poster competition displaying the results of the research conducted with these funds,” said Horne. “We are proud of these students and are looking forward to much success in their research futures.”

The funds will be used to cover project-related expenses, such as wages, supplies, equipment and travel. Faculty sponsors certified each project’s completion. The UT Tyler Research Council reviewed proposals.

Each of the academic deans, the Office of Sponsored Research and the Office of Graduate Studies served as sponsors.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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