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UT Tyler 2011 Student Research Poster Competition Winners Announced

May 5, 2011

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

Six student-researchers at The University of Texas at Tyler earned awards during the 2011 Student Research Poster Competition, Dr. Michael Odell, director of research, announced.

In this third year, awards were presented in two categories. First place won $200 and an all-expense paid trip to any domestic research conference to present their research. Second and third place received $100 and $50, respectively.

Graduate-level winners with their field of study and research title were:

• First place – Kourtney Rachelle Neal of Mineola, biology, “Mechanism of Airway Inflammation in Bacterial Infection.”

• Second place – Rebekah Chapman of Whitehouse, biology, “Population Movements of the Crop Pest, Bactericera Cockerelli, in the U.S.”

• Third place – Katie Chamberlain of Iowa, biology, “Effect of Atrazine on Behavior and Thermoregulation of Checkered Gartersnakes.”

Undergraduate-level winners with their field of study and research title were:

• First place – Lauren Thomas of Tyler, biology, “Mechanism of Fibroblast Proliferation by Pseudomonas Elastase.”

• Second place – Dominica Reese of Tyler, biology, “Plant Responses to Aphid Feeding Grown under Various Nitrogen Levels.”

• Third place – Chris Powell of Fort Worth, biology, “Influence of SIN-V on Insecticide-Treated Red Imported Fire Ants.”

They competed with other students who all previously won internal research support and presented their findings in the poster competition. Students were awarded up to $500 to cover project-related expenses, such as wages, supplies, equipment and travel. Each student had a faculty sponsor, who was awarded $300 for support of the student project and certified each project’s completion.

Out of 40 applications submitted, 18 were graduate-level and 22 were undergraduate. The UT Tyler Research Council reviewed all proposals.

For more information about the UT Tyler Student Research Program, visit http://research.uttyler.edu/.

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