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Twelve WJU Students Receive WV Space Grant Scholarships



WHEELING, W.Va., Oct. 21, 2013 - Twelve Wheeling Jesuit University students have been awarded scholarships from the WV Space Grant Consortium (WVSGC) for research projects they are conducting during the fall and spring semesters.

To compete for the awards, students must be a full-time Wheeling Jesuit undergraduate, earning a 3.0 GPA or higher and conduct research on a specific topic with a WJU professors. These professors then serve as their mentor during the ongoing research.

The WJU Space Grant Scholars for 2013 -2014 are:
Sophomore chemistry major, Elizabeth M. Bain, Indianapolis, Ind. -- her research project is “Screening of a Cyclization/Coupling Reaction Using Bis (amino) Cyclopropenylidene Ligand,” and her faculty mentor is Dr. Emily Sylvester.

Junior chemistry major, Nathaniel M. Barker, Toronto, Ohio - his research project is “Exchange Between Fe(III) Dithiocarbamates in Solution” and his faculty mentor is Dr. Norman Duffy.

Junior chemistry major, Jeffrey Becca , Tiltonsville, Ohio - his research project is “Electrochemical Analysis of (bmim) (PF6)” and his faculty mentor is Dr. James Coffield.

Junior biology major, Sarah Buch, Beckley, W.Va., - her research project is “The Production of Gluten-Free Beer Using Quinoa as a Base Grain,” and her faculty mentor is Dr. Robert Shurina.
Senior biology major, Taylor Christman, Barnesville, Ohio ¬- his research project is “Is AFAP-110 a Biomarker for Prostate Cancer?” and his faculty mentor is Dr. Robert Shurina.

Senior psychology major, Patrick J. Dwyer, Martinsburg, W.Va. - his research project is “Effects of 5-Androst-16-EN-3-OL and Peppermint Scent on Athletic Performance in Wrestlers,” and his faculty mentor is Dr. Bryan Raudenbush.

Junior chemistry major, Andrew Eisenhart, East Liverpool, Ohio - his research project is “Electrochemical Analysis of (bmim) (F6),” and his faculty mentor is Dr. James Coffield.

Junior biology major, Collin Huth, New Philadelphia, Ohio - his research project is “Prevention of Podosome Formation through Regulation of AFAP-110,” and his faculty mentor is Dr. Robert Shurina.

Sophomore chemistry major, Nicholas King, Wheeling, W.Va. - his research project is “Bonding and Stability of Dithiocarbamates through Amine Synthesis,” and his faculty mentor is Dr. Mary Railing.

Senior biology major, John Pennacchio, Weirton, W.Va. -- his research project is “Determining the Anti-Metastatic Effects of Epigallocatechin 3-gallate on Invasive Cancer Cells,” and his faculty mentor is Dr. Robert Shurina.

Junior biology major, Janelle Schigel, Cleveland, Ohio - her research project is “AFAP's Role in Angiogenesis,” and her faculty mentor is Dr. Robert Shurina.

Senior chemistry major, Anthony Schnelle, McMechen, W.Va. -- his research project is “The Production of Iron Sulfide Through the Decomposition of cis-Dicarbonylbis (diorganodithiocarbamato)iron (II) Complexes,” and his faculty mentor is Dr. James Coffield.

The WVSGC is a NASA sponsored organization consisting of 11 West Virginia academic institutions and eight corporate and scientific partners. Established in 1991, it is dedicated to building research infrastructure and promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in West Virginia. WVSGC's primary focus is on research, collaborations with high-tech. industries, student fellowships, and K-12 and public outreach programs.




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