Student Enhancement Scholarships provide funding of $134,433 to 24 students in Spring 2022

Posted: March 23, 2022


Author: Staff Reports

The Ohio University Student Enhancement Scholarship program provided 24 students this spring with total funding of $134,433 for their original research, scholarships, and creative work.

Student Enhancement Scholarships are funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activities and administered by the Council for Research, Scholarships and Creative Activities, which is appointed by the Faculty Senate. This year, additional funding has been allocated by the Office of Global Affairs to increase opportunities for students to conduct research projects or creative activities abroad as part of their thesis, dissertation or capstone projects.

The program received 36 proposals for a total funding request of $198,587. Students can request up to $6,000 per proposal.

Julia Joos

The 2022 winners

  • Oumarou Abdoulaye Balarabe, graduate student Counseling and Higher Education, “By the Numbers and in Their Own Voices: Identifying and Understanding Pathways to Student Fulfillment at a Public University in Berlin,” $6,000; Mentor: Laura Harrison
  • Tyler Arnold, graduate student in Environmental and Plant Biology, “Influence of Microclimate on Individual Timing of Oak Species Masturation,” $6,000; Mentor: Rebecca Snell
  • Leigh Becklund, graduate student Environmental and Plant Biology, “Ecological Liberation and Evolution in Neptunia (Fabaceae),” $5,999; Mentor: John Schenk
  • Pretty Bogart, HTC-Biological Sciences undergraduate, “Transcriptome analysis of an experimental GH variant with therapeutic potential,” $6,000; mentor: Ed List
Kristina Woldan, a frontline nurse, holds her daughter Zoe in front of a window at the Los Angeles Zoo
Kristina Woldan, a frontline nurse, holds her daughter Zoe in front of a window at the Los Angeles Zoo. Photo of Erin Burk for “Biding Time”
  • Erin Burck, visual communications undergraduate, “Medicine amid Guam’s Militarization,” $6,000; mentor: Stan Aalst
  • Remington Burwell, graduate student Environmental and Plant Biology, “Integrative taxonomic studies of two diverse groups of violets,” $5,928; Mentor: Harvey Ballard
  • Riley Corrigan, HTC-Translational Health undergraduate, “Impact of ACEs on Cellular Health,” $4,250; mentors: Cheryl Howe and Joseph Bianco
  • Roseanne Crowell, graduate student Environmental and Plant Biology, “Phylogeography of the red freshwater alga Batrachospermum gelatinosum in eastern North America,” $6,000; Mentor: Morgan Vis
  • Nancin Dadem, graduate communication student, “Advancing Social Support through Interpersonal Communication to Improve Cervical Cancer Screening in North Central Nigeria,” $6,000; Mentor: Christina Beck
  • Marissa Dowalter, graduate student Biological Sciences, “Conservation Genetics of a Protected Species: Genomic Variation in the Lake Erie Watersnake,” $6,000; Mentor: Shawn Kuchta
  • Harrison Fender, graduate student in history, “Maritime Strategy Ashore: Amphibious Operation, Intelligence and NATO Coastal Security,” $5,737; Mentor: Peter John Brobst
  • Davud Ghazanfari, graduate student in chemical and biomolecular engineering, “SARS-CoV-2 spike protein as the mechanism by which cytokine storms develop in COVID-19,” $5,998; Mentor: Doug Goetz
  • Julia Joos, graduate student in biological sciences, “Thermal ecology of two closely related turtle species, Gopherus evgoodei and Gopherus morafkai,” $6,000; Mentor: Donald Miles
  • Zoe Kingon, undergraduate student in biological sciences, “Exploration of fibrosis in bovine growth hormone transgenic mice”, $6,000; Mentor: Darlene Berryman
  • Zachary LaRussa, graduate student in biological sciences, “Apolipoprotein A-IV enhances insulin action through sympathetic innervation,” $4,000; Mentor Chunmin Lo
  • Selene Lisbey, graduate student in geological sciences, “Investigation of the relationship between the Rio San Juan complex and the Samana peninsula”, $6,000; Mentor: Katherine Fornash
  • Samuel Lockart, graduate student in environmental and plant biology, “Population genetic structure of four mixed violets and one exclusively chasmogamous violet,” $6,000; Mentor: Harvey Ballard
  • Merchant Shelby, Undergraduate Theater, “When There Was Music,” $6,000; Mentor: Tyler Whidden
  • Daniel Opoku, graduate student in graphic design, “Identimatics: Mathematical grammar of Kente patterns,” $6,000; Mentor: Darren Baker
  • Avery Plummer, graduate student in art history, “Nymph(o) Magazine”, $5,410; Mentor: Annie Sprinkle
  • Brandon Saraniti, Geography graduate student, “The Deeper South: Contemporary Memorialization of Confederate Americans in Southern Brazil,” $1,150; Mentor: Timothy Anderson
  • Matthew Vincent, graduate student in chemistry and biochemistry, “Development of scyllatoxin-based BH3 domain mimetics to target BCL2 proteins,” $6,000; Mentor: Justin Holub
  • Weiqiang Yuan, graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science, “Novel Deep Ultraviolet AC Electroluminescence Devices Based on Boron Nitride Materials,” $5,961; Mentor: Wojciech Jadwisienczak
  • Haiyun Zhang, graduate student in biological sciences, “Functional roles of BLOC1S6 in extracellular ATP-induced drug resistance in human lung cancer cells,” $6,000; Mentor: Xiaozhuo Chen

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