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8 graduate students awarded $7,200 in research grants

Eight graduate students at Austin Peay State University were awarded funding through the Graduate Student Research Grant Program totaling $7,200 for 2007-08.

The grants – all but one awarded to students studying biology – are funded by the Student Success Initiatives in Graduate Studies at APSU. The other grant was awarded to a student seeking a masters in English.
Eight graduate students at Austin Peay State University were awarded funding through the Graduate Student Research Grant Program totaling $7,200 for 2007-08.

The grants — all but one awarded to students studying biology — are funded by the Student Success Initiatives in Graduate Studies at APSU. The other grant was awarded to a student seeking a master's in English.

Dr. Charles Pinder, dean of the College of Graduate Studies, said the awards provide APSU graduate students with additional sources of financial support for their research or creative and scholarly activities. The grants also promote excellence in graduate education, he said.

Award recipients and their projects approved for funding are the following:
• Tamira Cole, “How reading affects achievement across disciplines and its prevalence among social issues.”
• Dereck Eison, “Assessing environmental health and fish density along two reaches of Pleasant Grove Creek, Logan County, Ky.”
• Jarillys Marin, “Comparative analysis of DNA-based assays and antigen/antibody elisa for detection of dirofliaria inmitis — heartworm disease.”
• Sean Peterson, “Comparison of DNA sequences from borrelia burgdorferi found in middle Tennessee to published strains.”
• Lacey Robertson, “Factors influencing site occupancy of barking treefrogs and other hylids in western Kentucky and adjacent Tennessee.”
• Mark Smith, “Development of a DNA-capture system to enhance DNA-based assays.”
• Nathalie Smith, “Conservation and monitoring of the western cottonmouth and the copper-bellied water snake along the Bicentennial Trail.”
• Amanda Whitley, “Effects of coal mining operations by assessment of macroinvertebrates in Morgan, Scott, Anderson and Campbell counties, Tenn.”

For more information about APSU's Graduate Student Research Grant program, contact the College of Graduate Studies by telephone, (931) 221-7414. -- Melony A. Jones