KU announces Undergraduate Research Award winners


From KU News
By Nicole Perry

LAWRENCE — Fifty-eight University of Kansas students will work on research projects funded by the Undergraduate Research Award program this semester.

The Undergraduate Research Award, or UGRA, program has been around KU for over 20 years, said John Augusto, director of the Center for Undergraduate Research. This class of recipients will be the first class awarded by the Center for Undergraduate Research. As impressive as the students research proposals are, what is as equally impressive is the number of outstanding mentors involved with these projects.

The research awards are funded by a partnership between the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Research and Graduate Studies, and the Office of the Provost. Proposals were selected on the merit of the applicant's proposal, the applicant's academic record, and the recommendation from a faculty member who is familiar with the applicant and the proposed project.

Students receiving awards are listed below by hometown, level in school, major, high school, brief description of the project and faculty mentor.

Isaac Cook , junior majoring in computer science; Olathe South High School; development of an automated public transit tracking system to improve system efficiency and rider satisfaction; research mentor: Gary Minden , Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Jason Bates , junior majoring in chemical engineering; Shawnee Mission East High School; Mesoporous Solid Acid Catalysts for Alcohol Dehydration, the development of a process to reduce our reliance on petrochemicals by deriving chemicals from plant-based biomass; research mentor: Bala Subramaniam , Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.

See more at: http://today.ku.edu/2013/01/18/ku-announces-undergraduate-research-award-winners#sthash.70BX3nHl.dpuf

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