posted July 15, 2010

Students Receive Hope Summer Research Awards

A total of eight Hope College students received Dean's Science Division Research Awards from the college to conduct research at Hope this summer.

The students who were honored with the awards are Ryan Alfuth, Andrew Bunnell, Wyatt Curry, Scott DeClaire, Megan Johnson, John Lutz, Angela Martinez and Leah Patenge.

Presented by the division of natural and applied sciences, the awards provide stipends for summer research at the college.  A recipient was named for each department within the division.

Considerations for the $3,900 awards include interest in science, promise of research and scientific accomplishment, academic standing and departmental endorsement.  The recipients are also eligible for a subsidy for summer housing on campus.

The eight competitively selected recipients have been among approximately 180 students conducting research at the college this summer supported from endowed funds at the college as well as through external grants received by Hope and individual faculty members.

Alfuth is a senior from Eau Claire, Wis., and conducting research in computer science.  He is working with Dr. Chuck Cusack, assistant professor of computer science, on the research project "Human Computing Fames to Solve NP-Complete Problems."

° Bunnell is a senior from Holland and conducting research in physics.  He is working with Dr. Steve Remillard, assistant professor of physics, on the research project "Periodic Transmission Lines."

° Curry is a senior from Sault Ste. Marie and conducting research in the geological and environmental sciences.  He is working with Dr. Ed Hansen, professor of geology and environmental science, on the research project "Geologic Mapping of Metamorphic Rocks in Southern Sweden."

° DeClaire is a junior from Oak Park and conducting research in mathematics.  He is working with Dr. Nathan Tintle, assistant professor of mathematics and Towsley Research Scholar, on the research project "Statistical Analysis of Genetic Data."

° Johnson is a junior from Saline and conducting research in biology.  She is working with Dr. Aaron Putzke, assistant professor of biology, on the research project "Epithelial Cell Signaling and Specification - Embryogenesis."

° Lutz is a junior from Canton and conducting research in chemistry.  He is working with Dr. Jeff Johnson, assistant professor of chemistry and Towsley Research Scholar, on the research project "Activation of Carbon-Carbon Single Bonds."

° Martinez is a senior from Holland and conducting research in nursing.  She is working with Dr. Nancy Barnum, assistant professor of nursing, on the research project "Avoiding the Next Plague."

° Patenge is a junior from Fremont and conducting research in engineering.  She is working with Dr. Jeff Brown, assistant professor of engineering, on the research project "Structural Engineering."