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Six Faculty-Student Research Projects Receive Funding for 2010-2011

  • Romi Burks is one of six faculty members receiving funding.
    Romi Burks is one of six faculty members receiving funding.

Projects will enable more than 20 students to conduct research with faculty members

Southwestern has awarded $118,549 to fund six faculty-student research projects during the 2010-2011 academic year. The projects will enable more than 20 Southwestern students to conduct research with faculty members, particularly during the summer.

  • Steve Alexander, associate professor of physics, received $8,788 to build devices that can be used in his electronics class. 
  • Barbara Anthony, assistant professor of computer science, received $10,653 for a project in which she and her students will use Ruppert’s Algorithm to develop code that will improve computer simulations that can be useful across a variety of disciplines.
  • Romi Burks, assistant professor of biology, received $15,455 to continue her research on an exotic applesnail named Pomacea insularum
  • The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry received $64,300 that will enable all of its faculty members to work with student researchers over the summer. Twelve students will be funded through this grant.
  • Paula Desmond, assistant professor of psychology, received $14,956 for her research on the impact of fatigue on driving performance.
  • Sandi Nenga, assistant professor of sociology, received $4,396 to conduct an assessment of a new program for Hispanic high school students that Southwestern is starting this summer.