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Graduate Students Receive Research, Professional Development Awards

December 1, 2005

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MACOMB, IL - - Fifteen 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 $3,895 was awarded to the students for Fall 2005.

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:

ALEDO (61231) – Matthew O’Brien, psychology, received $500 for testing and travel expenses related to his research project, “An Exploration of the Contribution of an Ability Model of Emotional Intelligence in the Underachievement of Gifted Students.”

CARTHAGE (62321) – Sherri Kaufman, sociology, received $100, to assist with travel expenses to various rural communities to work on her research project studying methamphetamine as a social problem.

EVANSTON (60202) – Ben Wodika, received $100 to assist with his research project, “Herbaceous Species Diversity and Dynamics of Limestone Bluffs in Cedar Glen Nature Preserve, Hancock County, Illinois.”

HICKORY HILLS (60457) – Melissa Kuberski, biology, received $300 to assist with travel and supplies for her research project involving the underwater acoustic repertoire of the Beluga whales at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

MACOMB (61455)
Lyndon Coghill, biology, received $500 to assist with a research program involving the genetic code of turtles and a systematic study to examine the relationships of the most common species of turtles native to Illinois.

Brad Howard, music, received $500 to assist with a research project on composer Percy Grainger through travel to the University of Melbourne in Australia to review relevant articles. The research will expand on a presentation Howard has scheduled at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in December.

Andrew Walzer, chemistry, received $500 to assist with his research project, “Partial Purification and Characterization of Lipoxygenase-like Enzyme from Pseudomonas aeruginosa 2HSP.”

PEKIN (61554) – Douglas Cooper, psychology, received $110 to assist with his presentation on research that integrates aspects of evolutionary psychology and terror management theory at the January 2006 Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference in Palm Springs, CA.

SPRINGFIELD (62702) – Joseph Sherman, biology, received $100 to assist with travel and lodging for his poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America.

SUBLETTE (61367) – Molly Davies, economics, received $300 to attend the Texas Community Development Institute for Year 2 in February/March 2006, a comprehensive program curriculum designed to meet increasing challenges facing community developers in today’s society.

GREENVILLE, SC (29617) – Fulton Burns, theatre, received $500 to attend the Southern Illinois University “Masks of Transformation” Conference, an interdisciplinary and international conference on masks and masking, in October.

LAMAR, MO (64759) – Amber Davisson, communication, received $100 to assist with her travel and registration for the Fifth Biennial Feminism and Rhetoric Conference (Houghton, MI) in October, where she presented “Seeking a Context to Understand the Body: An Analysis of the Vagina Monologues as a Counterpublic Sphere.”

MANHATTAN, KS (66502) – Kelly Day, kinesiology/sport management, received $110 to assist with travel and registration fees for the Athletic Business Conference and Expo held in Orlando in December.

VIJAYAWADA, INDIA – Nagesh Juluru, chemistry, received $100, to assist with his research project, “High Performance Liquid Chromatographic Method to Study the Effect of Phenoxazines on the Activity of Calmodulin-Stimulated 3’, 5’-cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase Enzyme.”

CONSTANTA, ROMANIA – Mihaela Toader, geography, received $75 to assist with the purchase of newspaper articles from Le Monde for her thesis, “Romania’s Accession in the European Union: A Critical Geopolitical Approach.”

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