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May. 05, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

9 Marshall thesis grant recipients announced

HUNTINGTON -- Nine Marshall University graduate students will receive Summer Thesis Research Grant Awards this year.

Each award provides $500 to cover expenses associated with thesis research. Award recipients were chosen on the basis of the quality and significance of the thesis research, the likelihood that the research will eventuate in a completed thesis and justification of the need for support. Funding for these awards is provided by the Marshall University Research Corporation and the Marshall University Graduate College Advisory Board.

Awardees include Ashtin M. Adkins, "Correlates of Criminal Behaviors of Female Prisoners in West Virginia;" Jake Billmeyer, "Effects of Excess Nitrogen on Rubus (Raspberry) in a Central Appalachian Hardwood Forest;" Alexandria Brannick, "Temporal Variations in Mandibular Dimensions of Canis dirus (dire wolf) at Rancho La Brea;" Derek Breakfield, "Measuring Testosterone Migration Through the Egg Membranes Using an ELISA and Testosterone's Effects on Several Parameters of American Toad Eggs and Tadpoles;" Elise Edwards, "The Effect of Liming on Riparian Vegetation and two Plethodontid salamanders: Pseudotrition r. ruber and Gyrinophilis porphyriticus;" Kelli Herrick, "Evaluating the Effectiveness of Sampling Techniques for the Eastern Hellbender;" Maxwell D. Hyman, "University Newspapers of the Sixties;" Lyndsay Rankin, "Assessment of Ecological Integrity of Grazed Tropical Dry Forests in Madagascar;" Carol B. Starkey, "Subthreshold Toxic Effects of Atrazine and Three of its Degradates on Behavior and Learning in Procambarus clarkia."

6 MU faculty members receive research grants

HUNTINGTON -- Six faculty members at West Virginia public universities have received mini grants from the state to assist in preparing proposals with the goal of obtaining much larger research funding awards.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission's Division of Science and Research announced Research Proposal Mini-Grants of $5,000 each to faculty at Concord University, Marshall University, West Virginia University and West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

The mini-grants provide replacement salary for an uninterrupted period of time for a faculty member to write research or research equipment proposals during the summer. Each winning faculty member agrees to submit a proposal for funding from an external agency or foundation as a result of obtaining the mini-grant.

The recipients include Rosalyn Quinones and John Rakus from Marshall.

The Research Proposal Mini-Grants are funded by the West Virginia Research Challenge Fund, which lays the foundation for many of the state's competitive grant programs.

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