|ND EPSCoR announces UND AURA 2008 winners|
The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) announces the 2008 Advanced Undergraduate Research Award (AURA) winners at the UND.
The goal of AURA is to encourage undergraduate students to consider a career in Science, Engineering, or Mathematics research. AURA provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to participate in faculty-mentored research projects at the state’s two research universities. AURA participants are awarded up to $6,500 for full-time research activities during the summer session and for part-time research activities during the fall semester. Awardees are expected to apply for a nationally competitive undergraduate scholarship during their AURA experience. The seven AURA winners at UND were competitively selected. ND EPSCoR is a program supported by the National Science Foundation and the State of North Dakota at both the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University.
UND AURA winners, their home towns, their faculty mentors, and the research topics they will support are:
• Haylee Dassinger, Bismarck, ND, Dr. Steven Ralph, Department of Biology “Improvement of Insect Resistance in Poplar Trees Using Activation Tagged Forward Genetics.”
• Sarah Flage, Red Lake Falls, MN, Dr. Joelle Ruthig, Department of Psychology, “Health optimism and pessimism: Implications for well-being and survival in later life.”
• Brooks Hansen, Deering, ND, Dr. Gregory Vandeberg, Department of Geography, “Water Quality and Land Cover Change in the Vicinity of Lake Alice National Wildlife Refuge.”
• Katie Hoversten, Hutchison, MN, Dr. F. Richard Ferraro, Department of Psychology, “Aging, Driving, and Cell Phone Usage.”
• Kaci Lemler, Buxton, ND, Dr. Jeremiah Neubert, Department of Mechanical Engineering, “Qualitative Robotic Task Specification.”
• Mikel Magelky, Fulton, MO, Dr. Brett Goodwin, Department of Biology, “Insect movement behavior in heterogeneous prairie landscapes.”
• Elizabeth Overmoe, Moorhead, MN, Dr. Peter Meberg, Department of Biology, “ADF and Cofilin Regulation of Actin and Growth Cone Dynamics.”
For additional information concerning ND EPSCoR or the AURA program, please contact Gary Johnson, Interim Vice President for Research and Co-Project Director, ND EPSCoR, Twamley Hall 415, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58201-7093, 701-777-2492.
-- Gary E Johnson, Vice President for Research and Co-Project Director, ND EPSCoR, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-777-2492