The faculty in the Department of Biology chose four students to receive undergraduate research awards. Dylan McDaniel (pictured) was named the recipient of the Ruth Bricker Painter Undergraduate Research Award for his proposal “Stress as a modulator of immune function and sickness behavior in Passer domesticus.” McDaniel will conduct his research in the laboratory of Dr. Jason Davis. The Ruth Bricker Painter award includes a $3,000 stipend.
The following students were named recipients of $1,000 Undergraduate Research Awards:
Abbey Humphreys, “Experimental harvest, monitoring, and mapping of Galax urceolata and other Appalachian non-timber forest products” (mentor: Dr. Christine Small),
Dylan McKnight, “A novel technique for identifying unknown bacterial endospores: how characteristic small acid-soluble proteins can be used as a biomarker for the Bacillus genus” (mentor: Dr. Georgia Hammond),
Daniel Metz, “Assessment of parasite disease transmission across the landscape using molecular tools” (mentor: Dr. Robert Sheehy).
These research awards are supported by a generous gift from the family of Ruth Bricker Painter, a former high school teacher and 1928 graduate of Radford University.