Ten Buena Vista University science students have been accepted for highly competitive summer research programs, including two for on-campus research projects, and the others at major research institutions in the region.
The students are:
* Amanda Dorale, a sophomore biology major from Dell Rapids, S.D. will be doing on-campus research for 10 weeks exploring "Antagonist/Agonist Affects on GABA-A Receptors in Hippocampal Neurons."
* Kyle Glienke, a junior biology and chemistry double major from Aurelia, will also be on campus for 10-weeks investigating "Diazepam Action on Discrete Neuronal Populations Within the Mouse Brain."
* Jessica Warneke, a sophomore biology major from Holdrege, Neb., will participate in the Duke University Summer Medical and Dental Education Program, which is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supported free, six-week summer residential experience providing intensive and personalized preparation for medical school for rising college sophomores and rising juniors.
* Jamie Anliker, a junior biology major from Harlan,will take part in a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Virology and Gene Therapy at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
* Benjamin Arentson, a senior biology and chemistry double major from Harlan, will participate in a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates fellowship in the Redox Biochemistry program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
* Abby McDonald, a junior biology and chemistry double major from Delhi, will participate in a NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates fellowship in the Virology program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
* Crystal Redman, a junior biology and chemistry double major from Wells, Minn., has been selected for a NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates fellowship in the Virology program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
* Sarah Colvin, a junior biology major from Grand Island, Neb., was accepted for a Pediatric Oncology Education Undergraduate Research Fellowship at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the Developmental Neurobiology program.
* Erin Meier, a senior biology and chemistry double major from Yankton, S.D., has been awarded a NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates fellowship at the University of South Dakota in the "Photodynamics in Chemistry, Biology and Biochemistry" program.
* Ryan Turnquist, a junior environmental science and biology double major from Schaller, Iowa, has been awarded a fellowship from the Environmental Protection Agency to pursue environmental research at the Ecotoxicology Analysis Research Branch Facility in Duluth, Minn.
Typically less than 10 percent of the applicants are selected for the paid fellowships at the research institutions, according Dr. Brian Lenzmeier, assistant professor of biology. "This is especially impressive for our students, because usually only the strongest students from across the nation apply for these programs," he explains.
One of the factors that has given BVU students a head start in the consideration for the fellowships is that BVU biology and chemistry majors are required to carry out laboratory or field-based research projects as part of the academic requirements toward graduation. "We have an exceptionally large proportion of students involved in research programs on campus and at other institutions," says Dr. Robb Dunbar, assistant professor of biology, who is supervising the on-campus research.
In applying for the fellowships, the students submit their BVU transcript, an essay describing their previous research experience and how the fellowship program will help them achieve their career goals