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Current Wheeling Jesuit University senior Trevor Cessna received the Col. Lee B. Ledford research grant from the Appalachian College Association (ACA) and will attend the Ledford Scholars meeting, Oct. 5 - 7 in Abingdon, Va.
Cessna will attend the meeting with his mentor, professor Bryan Raudenbush, who is associate professor of psychology and director of undergraduate research at Wheeling Jesuit University. A resident of Pickerington, Ohio, Cessna majors in psychology and plans to go onto graduate school next year. He hopes to be a psychology professor himself someday, with an emphasis on sensation and perception.

The $4,500 scholarship will cover travel expenses for both Cessna and Raudenbush. The Wheeling Jesuit student received the award for his senior thesis, “Effects of Video Game Play on Pain Threshold and Tolerance in Patients Undergoing Physical Therapy.” He spent this past summer working in the psychology laboratory at the University.

The Ledford Scholars meeting is held in conjunction with the ACA Summit, the main event where over 400 faculty, students and staff from across a five state region gather to learn about new teaching techniques and exciting research.

Author Rudy Abramson, co-editor of, “Encyclopedia of Appalachia” and member of the advisory committee for Rural Journalism and Community Issues will facilitate the October meeting.

At the meeting students have the opportunity to learn of the research other students conducted over the summer, to present their own work to the group, and to attend portions of the ACA Summit, according to ACA program manager Kathryn Bowles, who is located in Kentucky. The meeting will be held at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon.

Through the Lee B. Ledford Scholarship Fund, money is available to support research experiences for students at ACA member institutions who are from Appalachian counties, according to the ACA website.

A non-profit consortium of 35 private two- and four-year liberal arts colleges and universities spread across the central Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, the Appalachian College Association serves over 39,000 students.

Wheeling Jesuit University is a leader in academics, athletics and in high-quality private education that is accessible to everyone. With more than 30 undergraduate and six graduate programs, the university offers students an education for life, leadership and service. Many of the Catholic university's programs have 100 percent placement rates in graduate programs across the country. Since 1995 U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wheeling Jesuit University among the top institutions in its “Best Master's Universities in the South” category. The campus is also home to the Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center, the Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies®, the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future, a Challenger Learning Center® and the Clifford M. Lewis Appalachian Institute. For more information, please call 1-800-624-6992 or visit the website, www.wju.edu.

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