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Students Accepted Into University's Most Prestigious Academic Program (Released: 02/26/01)

By Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications

STORRS, Conn. -- A student studying classics and history will write a brief novel on the Civil War. Another, in environmental chemistry, will study water pollution. A molecular and cell biology major will investigate ways to inhibit HIV.

These students and 15 others at the University of Connecticut were recently selected for the University Scholars program, which enables talented and highly motivated students to pursue enriching and nontraditional programs of study.

"They're an amazing group of students," says Deborah McDonald, an associate professor of nursing and chair of the committee that reviews applications to the program. "Each one is doing something very exciting but very different."

Students are invited to apply during their fifth semester. Graduation as a University Scholar is the highest scholastic honor at the University.

Each year, up to 30 University Scholars are selected, based on the rigor and imagination of their proposed programs, and on the students' previous h istories of academic success.

Timothy John Herbst
Major: Physiology and Neurobiology
"The Search for an Optimum Rehydration Technique"

Jennifer Levy
Major: Molecular and Cell Biology
"The Role of Mechano-Chemical Signaling in the Regulation of Cancer Cell Movement"

Rachel Salazar
Major: Latin American Studies/English
"Women's Groups and Empowerment in the Rural Dominican Republic: A Case Study"

Andrew Erik Greenstein
Major: Molecular and Cell Biology
"Perspectives in Biochemical Processes: Solid-Phase Synthesis of Peptides to Inhibit Protein-Protein Interaction Between Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Host Cells"

Daniel L. Liska
Major: Classics and History
"History, Literature and Fiction: Civil War America and the Classics"

Laura E. Smey
Major: Physiology and Neurobiology
"Achieving Gender Equity in Health Care"

Holgie Choi
Major: Political Science
"To Finally End Cold War Politics: The Effects of the Korean Reunification Process on Korea and the International Community's Response to it"

George Jamison Franklin
Major: Environmental Chemistry
"A Chemical and Biological Study of Steel Brook and Mad River"

Brian John Hopkins
Major: Physiology and Neurobiology
"Potassium Channels: Structure and Physiology"

Seema Khiman Pursnani
Major: Physiology and Neurobiology
"How and When do we Learn?: Investigating Long-Term Potentiation Using an Animal Model of Developmental Dyslexia"

Jennifer Janemun Lee
Major: Pharmacy
"Pharmacists: Do They Have Sufficient Knowledge and Self-Confidence of Nutrition to Counsel Patients on Possible Interactions Between Nutritional Supplements and Prescription Medication?"

Thomas W. Volscho
Major: Sociology
"All States are Unequal, but Some States Are More Unequal Than Others: What are the State-Specific Causes of Varying Degrees of Income Inequality?"

Nitya Elizabeth Abraham
Major: Biology
"Breast Cancer Awareness and a Culturally Based Educational Program on Early Detection of Breast Cancer for South Asian Women at the University of Connecticut"

Kara Elizabeth Zavarella
Major: Spanish and English
"Women Alone: Contemporary Spanish Feminism and the Role of Adelaida Garcia Morales"

Tara Lindsay Bernen
Major: Nursing
"Using the Internet to Improve Health Teaching"

Liara Meg Gonzalez
Major: Biology
"Research of Equine Exposure to West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease"


Robert Davis Coen
Major: History and Political Science
"The Hellenization of Judea"

Johanna Dube Stephens
"Can Microwaves Damage DNA"

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