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Undergrads selected for summer fellowship

May. 19, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Thirteen undergraduate students have been selected to receive the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Fellowship at Marshall University.

SURE is for undergraduates who are interested in performing research, said Michael Norton, professor of chemistry and director of the program.

"We want students to know how strongly Marshall supports undergraduate research," Norton said. "This is the time when these young minds start utilizing their research skills in preparation for graduate school."

The program has been conducted at Marshall since 2005, and is funded through the West Virginia Research Challenge Fund, administered by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Division of Science and Research.

Students will receive stipends totaling $4,000 each for their research. The program started May 20 and continues through Aug. 2.

Tanner Bakhshi, Ironton, Ohio, "A Foundation for DNA Structures"

Heath Blankenship, Huntington; "Epigenetic Role of MLL2 in Spermatogenesis"

Hannah Bott, St. Albans, W.Va., "Probing a Complex Dissociation Energy Surface with Experimental and Theoretical Methods"

Amber Campbell, Woodstock, Va., "Effects of phthalates on stem cells"

Arrin Carter, Wytheville, Va., "Biological Engineering of a Neural Migratory Stream"

Sumaiya Chaudhry, Huntington, "Detecting Forces in a Reference Frame"

Erin Fankhanel, Huntington, "Nano-therapy for sepsis induced lung injury"

Lindsey Harper, Belington, W.Va., "Birth Practices Meta-Analysis"

Nguyet Le, international student from Vietnam, "Combinatorial Approach to Studying Metal"

Brianna Mayfield, Weirton, W.Va., "Cell Culture Bioassay Development for Prymnesium parvum Toxins"

Cody Stover, Point Pleasant, W.Va., "Bioavailability of Capsaicin in Small Cell Lung Cancer"

Brian Warner, Ironton, Ohio, "Thermal Decomposition of Propionaldehyde"

Christian Warner, Ironton, Ohio, "Synthesis and Characterization of DNA/Dendron"