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ATU Student Research Projects Earn Grant Funding

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Seven Arkansas Tech University students have been selected to receive grants through state and institutional sources of funding in support of their undergraduate research projects.

The Arkansas Division of Higher Education (ADHE) has granted Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) grants to three Arkansas Tech students.

According to a rules and regulations document provided by ADHE, the focus of the SURF program is the "continued development of undergraduate academic research efforts at Arkansas’s public and private institutions of higher education and to provide funding to encourage students to conduct in-depth research projects in specific fields of study under the tutelage of tenured or full-time faculty member."

Listed below are the ATU students who have earned ADHE SURF grant funding for the 2020-21 cycle, along with their faculty mentors, the topics of their research and the amounts of their grants:

Alexandria Cisco
Dr. Michael T. Rogers
"Criticisms of the Electoral College at the Founding: A Document Analysis of the Ratification Debate Documents"
$1,450 SURF
$1,250 institutional match
$2,700 total

Sloane Coffey
Dr. Jordan Thibodeaux
"The Effect of Internal Speech on Approach and Avoidance of Alcohol"
$1,475 SURF
$625 institutional match
$2,100 total

Boone Ruston
Dr. Suresh Chandra Subedi
"Distribution Pattern of Oak Species in Arkansas and Local Assembly Processes"
$2,750 SURF
$1,250 institutional match
$4,000 total

Four additional Arkansas Tech students have received support for their research through the ATU Undergraduate Research Scholars program.

ATU URS applicants are required to have a faculty mentor with an appropriate project supported by the proposal budget. Students from all academic areas at the university may apply for ATU URS grants.

Listed below are the students who have earned ATU URS grant funding for the 2020-21 cycle, along with their faculty mentors, the topics of their research and the amounts of their grants:

Andres Dewendt
Dr. Kaiman Zeng
"EHR DREAM Challenge COVID-19: A Machine Learning Based Approach to Assist COVID-19 Diagnosis Using Electronic Health Records"
$2,000

Alyssa Mostrom
Dr. Susan Colvin
"Assessing Patterns in Fish Movement Across Barrier Type in Ozark Mountains Streams"
$2,000

Kiley West
Dr. Jordan Thibodeaux
"The Effect of Internal Speech on Approach and Avoidance of Alcohol Cues"
$2,000

Halle Woker
Dr. Rebecca Goldstein
"Are Social Media Notifications Rewarding?"
$1,718

Each student investigator is required to submit a report containing research results to the Undergraduate Research Office by June 1, 2021.

Learn more about the ATU Office of Undergraduate Research at www.atu.edu/uresearch.