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March 2, 2010

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

UT Tyler Students Win Research Support in Campus Competition

Students at The University of Texas at Tyler won research support through a competitive university competition, Dr. Arlene Horne, vice president for research and federal relations, announced.

Funding for 20 research projects were given for the 2010 spring semester.

Graduate students and field of study are: Jeremy Chamberlain of New Mexico, biology; Jessye Grigsby of San Antonio, health and kinesiology; Rusty Kuciemba of Houston, business; Venkata Mandala of Tyler, electrical engineering; Katy Manganella of Hico, psychology; Kiran Parimi of Tyler, computer science; Raheez Reppal of Tyler, electrical engineering; Henry Schreiber of Tyler, biology; Julia Sonn of Arkansas, biology; and Sri Vundavalli of Tyler, electrical engineering. 

Undergraduates and field of study are: Jonathan Comer of Lindale, chemistry; Audrey Hammack of Tyler, chemistry; Bradley Martin of Palestine, biology; Sheila Mead of Tyler, psychology; Brianna Moore of Hallsville, health and kinesiology; Chris Powell of Fort Worth, biology; Bethany Riley of Tyler, biology; Steven Ryan of Tyler, civil engineering; Alex Warren of Tyler; economics; and Joshua Yoerger of Tyler, mathematics.  

“We are proud of these students and are looking forward to much success in their research futures,” said Horne.

The student researcher could be funded up to $500 for his or her research, and the faculty sponsor of the winning students would also be funded for $300 for project support. Later this semester, the students will compete for prizes in a final poster competition displaying their research results.

Funds will be used to cover project-related expenses, such as wages, supplies and equipment.

Out of 43 applications submitted, 21 were graduate-level and 22 were undergraduate.

Faculty sponsors certified each project. The UT Tyler Research Council reviewed proposals.

Sponsors include the UT Tyler Office of Sponsored Research and the Office of Graduate Studies.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 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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