George Fox University Students Receive Richter Funding for Research Projects

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University is one of only 11 schools in nation to receive Richter Scholarship Program funds

More than 30 George Fox University undergraduate and graduate students are conducting independent research projects this academic year through the Richter Scholars Program.

George Fox is one of only 11 universities in the country to receive funding for the program through the Paul K. Richter Memorial Fund and the Evalyn E.C. Richer Memorial Fund, administered by the Bank of America. Among other schools receiving Richter Scholarship funding are Yale, Dartmouth, Cal Tech, and the University of Chicago.

Students conduct projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Projects range from the scientific ("Cell Growth and Cell Cycle control in Breast Cancer Cells") to the social ("Stories from Papua New Guinea: Finding Myself in a Primitive Culture"). The scholars, who needed GPAs of 3.3 or higher to apply, received grants ranging from $900 to $5,900 to fund their projects.

Following is a listing of the some of scholarships awarded to undergraduate students:

  •     "Cell Growth and Cell Cycle Control in Breast Cancer Cells" (Ellen Abell, senior biology student, El Granada, Calif.)
  •      "Specificity and Affinity of p19 for DNA" (Elizabeth Alaimo, sophomore chemistry student, The Dalles, Ore.)
  •     "Relation Between Fathering and Anxieting and Depression in Adolescents" (Breana Barr, junior psychology student, Carlton, Ore.)
  •     "Eagle: A New Vision for GFU's Chirps System" (Chad Budrow, junior electrical engineering student, Keizer, Ore.)
  •     "Efficient GPS Push Models for Mobil Computers" (Ryan Casey, junior computer science student, Portland, Ore.)
  •     "Purification and Characterization of a Suppressor of RNA Silencing" (Cade Fox, junior chemistry student, Bend, Ore.)
  •     "Stories from Papua New Guinea: Finding Myself in a Primitive Culture" (Sara Kelm, junior English student, Calgary, Alberta)
  •     "Virtual Simulation of Robotic Hardware" (Steven Libby, junior computer science student, Klamath Falls, Ore.)
  •     "Reducing Instance of Deliberate Self-Harm: A Qualitative Study") Hannah Muskrat, junior psychology student, Lebanon, Mo.)
  •     "Thomas Merton and the Authority of the Church" (Jonathan Ciraulo, junior biblical studies student, Battle Ground, Wash.)

Following is a listing of the some of scholarships awarded to graduate students:

  •     "Comparing Cross-Modal Emotion Effects" (Jennifer Brogan, doctor of psychology student, Orlando, Fla.)
  •     "Exceptional Memory in Spelling, Music and Geography: A Study of Test Validity" (Guy deBros, doctor of psychology student, Newberg, Ore.)
  •     "Evaluating School-Based CAST Intervention with High-Risk" (Erika Doty, doctor of psychology student, Tigard, Ore.)
  •     "Competence to Stand Trial: Special Challenges for the Population Diagnosed with Mental Retardation" (Dio Jurecska, doctor of psychology student, Beaverton, Ore.)
  •     "Trauma and Cognitive Development in Roma (Gypsy) and Orphan Children in Romania" (Mandy Torpey, doctor of psychology student, Bellingham, Wash.)
  •     "Cognitive Functioning and Adaptive Behavior in Children" (Daniel Lennen, doctor of psychology student, West Linn, Ore.)

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as one of the top 100 colleges in the country and highest among Christian colleges. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university. More than 3,300 students attend classes on the university's campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland , Salem , and Redmond Ore., and Boise , Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor's degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 12 master's and doctoral degrees.

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