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February 2, 2009

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

HOMETOWN RELEASE: Palestine Residents Awarded Funds for Research at UT Tyler

Two Palestine residents won research grant awards through a competitive competition at The University of Texas at Tyler, Dr. Arlene Horne, associate vice president for research and federal relations, announced.

UT Tyler graduate student Curtis Clark received $500 for his research titled “Effects of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Elastase Exposure on Epithelial Tight Junction Structure and Function.” UT Tyler senior Bradley Martin also received $500 for his research titled “Phylogenetics and Conservation Genetics of the North American Box Turtle and the Texas Horned Lizard.” 

Clark will graduate in May 2009 with a master of science in biology. Martin will graduate in May 2010 with a bachelor of science in biology.

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

“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 event 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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