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Fall 2016 Eagle SPUR Scholars chosen

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This is a news release is from the University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Center for Undergraduate Research recently announced the selections for the fall 2016 class of the Eagle Scholar Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR), following an evaluation of submitted research proposals.

Based on the quality of their research proposals, Eagle SPUR scholars receive up to $1,000 for research grants to be used to conduct a scholarly or creative project in collaboration with a faculty mentor. The topics of the research projects range from the study of holly species in the long leaf forest to recruitment practices of women police officers. The students will have one year to present their findings to an academic audience.

“The success of the Eagle SPUR program in encouraging innovative and high quality research and creative activity is demonstrated over and over again by the recognition that our students’ work has received in settings from professional conferences to artistic showcases,” said Marie Danforth, professor of anthropology, who serves as chair of the center’s steering committee. “We are proud of the new class of Eagle Scholars and look forward to seeing them carry on this tradition."

Eagle SPUR scholars and their mentors include:

Daniel Baker, polymer science, Jackson, Mississippi (James Rawlins)
Annabelle Clark, biological sciences, Shreveport, Louisiana (Shahid Karim)
Courtney Filliben, biological sciences, South Miami, Florida (Micheal Davis)
Kathleen Lolley, psychology, Canton, Mississippi (Elena Stepanova)
Sarah Long, mathematics, Mobile, Alabama (James Chambers)
Haley May, psychology, Vancleave, Mississippi (David Echevarria)
Michael Moran, criminal justice, Biloxi, Mississippi (Charlie Sheer)
Catalina Olavarria, psychology, Ocean Springs, Mississippi (Alen Hajnal)
David Sliman, biochemistry, Hattiesburg, Mississippi (Philip Bates)
Taylor Thigpen, Long Beach and John Ladner, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, psychology (Lin Agler)
Tera Wilson, criminal justice, Chunchula, Alabama (Alan Thompson)

The Center for Undergraduate Research was established in 2011. Its mission is the enhancement of the undergraduate experience through the promotion and support of student-faculty collaborations in research, creative projects and scholarship. For more information, visit http://www.usm.edu/research/center-undergraduate-research.

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