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WIU Graduate Students Receive Funding for Research, Professional Development

November 11, 2004

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MACOMB, IL - - Nine Western Illinois University graduate students received awards from the Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Fund to support their research projects, presentations, scholarly activities and professional development opportunities. A total of $3,635 was awarded to the students for the fall semester.

Graduate students enrolled in a degree program and have a minimum 3.0 grade point average in at least six semester hours at Western are eligible to apply for the funds. Each recipient is required to write a summary report at the conclusion of the research or activity.

Students receiving research and development funds include, by hometown:

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL - Shay Bradbury, a biology major, was awarded funding for his research project investigating the rapid evolution of host specificity in Trichinella spiralis, a common parasite found in the region.

CORSICANA, TX - Russ Brown is a third year graduate student, pursuing a master’s of fine arts degree in theatre. He was awarded funds to attend a three-day intensive workshop on the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique at the Moving Dock Theatre Company in Chicago. Brown aspires to be a theatre professor, educating and inspiring students at the college level.

FORT MADISON, IA - Stephen Martin, a history major, received financial support for his study of the cultural change of the Osage Nation. During a weeklong study at the Oklahoma Historical Society, Martin will research the ifluence of Native Americans, Europeans and Americans on the Osage Nation between 1785 and 1818.

GALESBURG, IL - Kelly Wallenfelsz, a communication major, will use the funds awarded to attend the National Communication Association Convention in Chicago, where she will present research she conducted with Professor Dale Hample. The study examined the role of emotions in arguing.

HUBEZ, CHINA - Jing Yu, an instructional technology and telecommunications major, received funding to develop a multimedia CD for Western’s Center for International Studies. The CD will be used in the Center’s promotional efforts, recruitment, international conferences, cultural exchange programs, student fairs and international student orientation.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Gabriel Schlomer, a psychology major, received funding for travel and materials for his research project studying why adolescents and their parents disagree about whom the adolescent should date.

MACOMB, IL - Meagen Scholl, a college student personnel major, received funding to attend the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers annual conference in Cleveland, OH. The conference will give Scholl the opportunity to present her award-winning program for entry and midlevel professionals about the job search process and how to prepare for it.

OKAYAMA, JAPAN – Masayuki Yamamoto, a kinesiology major, will use the funding for materials and mailing costs to study the goal orientations of Japanese and American soccer players and how they affect the type of imagery the players use to promote success. Yamamoto intends to highlight the differences in the participants’ culture, goals and imagery functions to learn how to enhance their athletic success.

ROCK ISLAND, IL – Jay Westensee, a law enforcement and justice administration major, received funds for materials and mailing costs for his study of trends in police policies in Illinois. Policies pertaining to the use of “less lethal” weapons such as chemical agents, electrical devices, impact devices and striking weapons to deter crime will be evaluated.

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