UI Undergraduate Students and Faculty Mentors Recognized for Excellence

Thursday, April 1, 2010

University of Iowa News Release
March 30 2010

Three University of Iowa undergraduate students were honored for their research promise and two faculty mentors were honored for outstanding mentoring at the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) Spring Undergraduate Research Festival Saturday, March 27.

UI Interim Vice President for Research Jordan Cohen presented the Vice President for Research's 2010 Excellence in Undergraduate Research Awards. Adam Schwertner and Neal MacDonald presented the ICRU Distinguished Mentor Awards to their mentors.

Lindsey Knake (photo, left) earned the Math and Engineering Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award; Kristin Kester (photo, center) earned the Natural Sciences Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award; and Mallory Perkins (photo, right) earned the Social Sciences Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award.

The student awards recognize outstanding accomplishments in scholarly investigation, artistic creation or performance by an undergraduate student in four fields: arts and humanities, mathematics and engineering, natural sciences and social sciences. The selected students are sophomores and juniors who have excelled in their work with faculty mentors. Award winners receive a $1,000 travel allowance to attend a conference in their area of study and a year of research funding for the next academic year.

These students represent the outstanding quality of undergraduate researchers at the UI, said Cohen.

The ICRU Distinguished Mentor award was bestowed upon two faculty mentors during the event. The awards were created to recognize the outstanding mentoring of undergraduate students in research and creative projects at the UI. Winners received automatic ICRU funding to support an undergraduate assistant during the next academic year.

One professor from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) -- archaeology associate professor James Enloe -- and one clinical assistant professor from the Carver College of Medicine - radiation oncology professor Ryan Flynn, were this year's recipients.

"It is a pleasure to be a part of this award selection each year," ICRU Director Bob Kirby said. "While we are able to recognize only two outstanding mentors, the depth of appreciation expressed by so many students for their mentors highlights the impact of these faculty."

Undergraduates working in CLAS, the Carver College of Medicine, the College of Engineering, the College of Pharmacy, the College of Education, the Tippie College of Business and the College of Nursing presented their research at the festival. In addition to the presentations, outstanding poster awards and participation prizes were awarded. For more information on ICRU, or to view a list of student presenters and poster winners at the festival visit http://www.uiowa.edu/icru.

EDITORS: This release includes information about a research award for a student in your readership area. The students are listed alphabetically according to hometown, with Iowa towns listed first followed by other states.

Iowa

BELLEVUE: Lindsey Knake earned the Math and Engineering Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award. A junior majoring in biomedical engineering, Knake worked with professor Karim Abdel-Malek and senior research scientist Timothy Marler in the UI Center for Computer-Aided Design in the College of Engineering. Her research project focused on the formulating, programming and testing of a vision model for virtual humans.

JESUP: Kristin Kester earned the Natural Sciences Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award. A junior majoring in chemistry, Kester worked with associate professor Leonard MacGillivray in the UI Department of Chemistry in CLAS. Her research project focused on improving the materials that make up electronic devices.

Illinois

KNOXVILLE: Mallory Perkins earned the Social Sciences Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award. A junior majoring in communications studies, Perkins worked with assistant professor Keli Ryan Steuber in the UI Department of Communication Studies in CLAS. Her research project focused on how disabilities can affect romantic relationships and college culture.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Katherine Wildman, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates, 319-335-8336, icru@uiowa.edu; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077, lois-gray@uiowa.edu