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K-State undergraduates receive scholarships for cancer research

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

MANHATTAN -- Nearly 50 undergraduate students at Kansas State University are earning cancer research awards through K-State's Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research.

The cancer research award program provides $1,000 stipends for up to 50 students per year. Their faculty mentors receive $1,000 for research expenses.

Students applied for the awards in the fall of 2007 by co-writing research proposals with faculty mentors affiliated with the center. The winners conduct the research in the mentors' laboratories during the spring semester.

The program was created to promote undergraduate participation in laboratory research and to encourage students to consider careers in research and medicine. All K-State undergraduate students interested in working in a cancer-relevant laboratory are eligible to apply.

"This program provides exceptional students the opportunity to work closely with faculty on real research projects," said Rob Denell, center director and university distinguished professor of biology at K-State. "We are proud of these students and confident that some of them will go on to be among the nation's top scientists and physicians."

The awards will be presented to the students at a banquet Friday, March 28. Attending will be the center's affiliated faculty, benefactors and friends.

The center also provides other undergraduate scholarships, as well as awards to graduate and postdoctoral students and to faculty to support their cancer research and training.

The center's programs are funded through private gifts. The center is committed to furthering the understanding of cancer by funding basic cancer research and supporting higher education, training and public outreach. More information about the center is available at http://www.k-state.edu/cancer.center or by calling 785-532-6705.

Students winning awards include:

Genna Gehrt, junior in nutritional sciences, Alma; Kaley Morris and Austin Rogers, both seniors in biology and both from Derby; Matthew Martinez and Olga Martinez, both seniors in biology and both from Dodge City; Erin Katzfey, senior in biochemistry, Eudora.

From Garden City: Jorge Mendoza, senior in biology; Rita Perez, junior in public health nutrition; and Vanessa Reyes, senior in biology.

Michael Albrecht, senior in microbiology, Herington; Jenna Kennedy, senior in microbiology, Hoxie; Garrett Hooker, December 2007 bachelor's graduate in biology, Hutchinson; Michelle Amthauer and Sola Kim, both seniors in biochemistry, Junction City.

From Greater Kansas City: LaReash Bridges, senior in biology, Kansas City, Kan.; William Poulson, junior in biology, Leawood; Amy Twite, senior in chemistry, Olathe; Samantha Hartin, senior in biology, and Emilie Nicole Miller, junior in chemistry, both of Overland Park; and Andy Patton, junior in engineering, Prairie Village.

From Manhattan: Asma Al-Rawi, senior in physics; Sarah Behrens, senior in microbiology; Elizabeth Blaesi, senior in chemistry; Roger Brown, December 2007 bachelor's graduate in biology; Johanna Burniston, senior in geography; Sarah Devlin, senior in biochemistry; Ryan Doehling, senior in life sciences; Michelle Higgins, senior in nutritional sciences; Ryan Hill, junior in biochemistry; Clay Houser, junior in political science; Yuka Isayama, senior in chemistry; Jennifer Jensen, senior in microbiology; Melanie Katz, sophomore in biochemistry;Takahiro Ohira, senior in biology; Maya Pettit-Scott, senior in nutritional sciences; Jeanne Pierzynski, senior in biochemistry; and Lydia Roberts, senior in biochemistry.

Alissa Vogel, senior in political science, Marion; Kelly Dahlstrom, senior in biology, and Laura Grauer, senior in biochemistry, both of McPherson; Tess Beckman, senior in chemistry, Oakley; Pamela Engels, junior in pre-nursing, Rose Hill; Ariel Burns, senior in biochemistry, St. George; Trenton Scott, senior in nutritional sciences, Salina; Nicole Wayant, senior in mathematics, Topeka; Michael Page, junior in nutritional sciences, Wamego; LeeAnn Marks, senior in biology, Wellsville; and Devon Claycamp, junior in life sciences, Wichita.

From out of state: Nicole Delimont, junior in public health nutrition, North Bend, Ore.

News release prepared by: Marcia Locke, 785-532-6705, marcia@k-state.edu

This article was posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, and is filed under Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health.