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Huntington student receives Colonel Lee B. Ledford scholarship

Mar. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Two West Virginia Wesleyan students have been awarded the Colonel Lee B. Ledford Scholarship, a scholarship program established by the Appalachian College Association in 1999 to honor Col. Lee B. Ledford.

Haven Lyndsey Clay, a junior biology major and chemistry and honors minor from Huntington, and David Paul Rhodes, a junior physics and engineering major from Hambleton, W.Va., received the scholarship.

The Ledford scholars support many forms of research, including laboratory and field work, interviews, analyzing special collections and participant observation for students enrolled at Appalachian College Association institutions.

Clay said she hopes to see how the Centaurea nigrescents (tyrol knapweed) fractions that she has been purifying over some semesters have an effect on biofilm deposition on Staphaloccocnus aureus, or what is commonly known as a Staph Infection. If she is able to see biofilm formation being inhibited, the compounds isolated may be effecting the infection.

"If I had not attended Wesleyan, I may not have had this opportunity," Clay said. "I feel very blessed to be part of this program because not very many people have the chance to work so closely on a research project to see how the results and how it will impact the world. It really is a beautiful thing, and it has become a passion of mine."

Both Clay and Rhodes will complete their research at the College and will present their projects at the 2013 ACA Summit upon conclusion of their research.