6 win science, research scholarships, grants
April 11, 2008
Six Bryan College students have been awarded scholarships and grants through Appalachian College Association (ACA) programs to encourage research, mathematics and science studies, ACA officials have announced.
Five students received a total of $30,000 in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) scholarships, and two received Ledford Research Grants, worth up to $6,000, for research work done this summer.
Bryan’s STEM recipients are all computer science majors. They include Crystal Cain, a senior from Randolph, N.Y.; Andrew Frick, a junior from Montrose, Pa.; Nathan Hill, a junior from Columbia, Tenn.; Matthew Noel, a sophomore from Greeneville, Tenn.; and Joshua Young, a junior from Empire, Ala.
Joshua Young also received a Ledford Research Grant, as did Zach Williams, a senior biology major from Marion, N.C.
STEM scholarships are designed to encourage American students interested in science and technology, according to Kathryn Bowles, ACA director of fellowships and scholarships. Funds are provided by the National Science Foundation from fees collected from “green card” applications. The ACA was allocated funds for 34 scholarships for its 37 member institutions with some 43,000 students.
Applicants must write an essay explaining their career goals and how they believe they can benefit the Appalachian region. They also must submit grades, course descriptions and recommendations from faculty. A committee of faculty members from the science and technology disciplines chooses the recipients.
A total of 39 students from ACA institutions received Ledford Research grants. Ms. Bowles said 78 students submitted research proposals and requested $325,000 in funding. A total of $181,000 was available for the program this year. The grant program was established by Col. Lee B. Ledford of Harlan County, Ky., to provide undergraduate students in ACA schools with research experience.
Students had to present a research proposal and budget for review by the awards committee.
Joshua Young will work with Bryan computer science professor Earl Reed to develop a computer program to operate blogs. Zach Williams, a senior computer science major, will work with Dr. Todd Wood, director of Bryan’s Center for Origins Research, on DNA diversity of the invasive plant lantana.