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March 2, 2010

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

HOMETOWN RELEASE: Lindale Resident Wins UT Tyler Research Support in Competition

Jonathan Comer of Lindale, an undergraduate at The University of Texas at Tyler, has won research support through a competitive university competition, Dr. Arlene Horne, vice president for research and federal relations, announced.

Comer was one of 20 student-researchers who received funding for research projects this semester. He received $800 for his research titled “Simulations of Protein Diffusion.”  His faculty sponsor is Dr. Jennifer Pearce, UT Tyler assistant professor of physics.

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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