Wheeling Jesuit University

Students Win Ledford Fellowships for Research

Kristian Winters and Tim Wright awarded research fellowships for their undergraduate studies.

WHEELING, WV, April 10, 2008 - Kristian Winters and Tim Wright of Wheeling Jesuit University won Ledford Fellowships for research recently. Sponsored by the Appalachian College Association (ACA), the awards support research and offer networking opportunities.

Winters will perform her research at the Levy Center for children with autism. Part of her project is to write a most effective practices piece for pediatricians, parents and health care professionals, based on the available autism treatment literature. A resident of Moundsville, W.Va., she is the daughter of Mark and Brenda Winters of Moundsville.

Wright will perform research for his senior thesis on the topic of “visual distractions and music effects on pain tolerance and pain threshold.” A resident of Wheeling, he is the son of Suzanne Parker Wright '75 of Wheeling and Clarence Wright of Philippi, W.Va.

Both students are psychology majors.

The student researchers received Col. Lee B. Ledford research stipends from the Appalachian College Association (ACA), which means they also get a chance to attend the annual Ledford Scholars meeting and present their work. The scholars meeting will be held in Abingdon, Va., October 16 -18, 2008.

Wright's mentor is professor Bryan Raudenbush, who is associate professor of psychology and director of undergraduate research at Wheeling Jesuit University. Winters' mentor is professor Debra Hull, who is chair of the department of psychology.

Both students received awards worth more than $5,000 and cover the cost of their research and the traveling expenses associated with the scholars meeting. 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.

At the meeting students have the opportunity to learn of the research other students conducted, 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 Student Research Endowment, 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 37 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 42,000 students and 3,500 faculty. The ACA office is located in Berea, Kentucky, and is led by president, Dr. Alice Brown.

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