Colorado State University - Pueblo students earn scholarships for summer research

Colorado State University - Pueblo students earn scholarships for summer research

PUEBLO – Nine Colorado State University-Pueblo students have earned $1,000 Student Fees at Workscholarships to conduct research in a variety of fields thanks to funding by the Student Fees at Work program and coordination by Dr. Zav Dadabhoy, Dean of Student Affairs, Provost Dr. Peter Dorhout, and Dr. Mel Druelinger, Dean of Graduate Studies.

Nine undergraduate students will immerse themselves in research this summer as recipients of the 2011 Summer Undergraduate Research Program awards. Each student will receive $1,000 for their summer research work.  The students were selected by a group of faculty from all four academic units through a competitive process. Interest in the program, evidenced by the number of proposals submitted, affirms the importance of and interest in undergraduate research and scholarly activity on campus. 

Conditions of the scholarship included the submission of a report at the end of the summer and a presentation of research results during the fall semester.

“This is a great investment in the professional workforce development of our students – engaging in hands-on research and scholarship with leading faculty helping to solve cutting-edge problems,” said Dorhout.  “In the future, we will do more of this, to engage even more students.”

The hometowns, students, faculty mentors, and their research proposals are:

Canon City
Luke Poole and Assistant Professor of Business Brad Gilbreath, Identification of a Means by which Job Applicants can Assess Whether They Fit a Potential Employer’s Organizational Culture

 Fort Morgan
Jonathon Bailey and Associate Professor of Chemistry Chad Kinney, Uptake of Human Pharmaceuticals by Cabbage Grown in Biosolid Amended Soils

Jennifer Foster and Professor of Chemistry Sandra Bonetti, Eludication of an Exocellulase Gene Sequence from Penicillium

Kenneth Morrison and Assistant Professor of Engineering Leonardo Bedoya-Valencia, The Development of Delay Predictors for Customer Service Systems: A Simulation Based Study

Morgan Forsyth and Assistant Professor of Psychology Barbara Brett-Green, Characterizing the Relationship Between Sensory Processing and Behavior in Young Adults Using Electrophysiology

Monique Garcia and Associate Professor of Mass Communications Leticia Steffen, Impact of Media Messages on Young Girl’s Perceptions of Sex and Relationships: Toward Developing a Set of Teen Pregnancy Predictors

Richard Chaparro and Professor of Engineering Neb Jaksic, Carbon Nanotube Manufacturing and Characterization

Pueblo West
Catherine Birch and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dave Dillon, Investigation of Synthesis, Modification, and Properties of Substituted Tetrazines and their Polymers

Todd Ruder and Associate Professor of Business Seong-Jong Joo, Measuring the Comparative Performance of Firms for Bench marking and Continuous Improvement


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