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Largest Undergraduate Research Fellows Class Yet Graduates

A record number of 21 University Research Fellows were among the 2,200 students awarded bachelor’s degrees May 8 at Utah State University.
 
Gathering on the historic Quad prior to the walk to the Spectrum where President Stan L. Albrecht conferred their degrees, they showed off their Research Fellows pins; many also donning a gold cord signifying their status as an Honors student.
 
Research Fellowships are awarded competitively upon entrance to Utah State University and offer ambitious students the opportunity to work side-by-side with faculty mentors. 
 
Research Fellows completing their degrees spring 2010 include:

 
  • Melissa Jackson, geology (awarded 2010 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation)
  • Vikki Carlisle Ballard, marketing
  • MaKenzie Martin Taylor, communicative disorders and deaf education
  • BJ Myers, physics (named 2009 Goldwater Scholar Honorable Mention)
  • Lincoln Andreasen, biology
  • Jeff Davis, biology
  • Anna Hegsted, biology
  • Joseph Irvine, management and information systems
  • Stephanie Croasdell, biology
  • Grayson Weeks, political science
  • Dillon Morse, physics
  • Cody Tramp, biology (named 2009 Goldwater Scholar)
  • Lynsie McTee Daley, mathematics and statistics
  • Brian West, mechanical and aerospace engineering
  • Spencer Jacobson, political science and economics
  • Austin Bowles, business administration
  • J. Myles Powell, management and information systems
  • April Lockwood, special education and rehabilitation
  • Angela Burbank Dixon, biological and irrigation engineering (named Scholar of the Year at Robins Awards 2010)
  • Danielle Babbel, geography/anthropology (named the Bill E. Robins awardee at Robins Awards 2010)
 
“This is a particularly fine group of students who depart the university,” said Associate Vice President for Research Joyce Kinkead, director of the Fellows Program. “They are better for their education as the university is better for having them here. I am going to miss them.”
 
The Fellows program is designed to help ambitious students attain their scholastic goals. Of this year’s group of graduates, four of the seven valedictorians are Research Fellows, two Fellows will be attending graduate school internationally with funding from the National Science Foundation, one Fellow will be joining the CIA, one Fellow joins Hewlett-Packard in Boise, Idaho, and several Fellows are off to doctoral and medical programs. Two graduating fellows were recognized at the Robins Awards 2010 and received USU’s top honors for students.
 
Several of the fellows completed their degrees with Honors.
 
“Our goal in the Honors Program is to provide excellent students with the opportunities to make them truly outstanding,” said Christie Fox, Honors Program director. “Research Fellows at USU embody the goals of Honors; they have been actively involved in their educations and are looking forward to extremely bright futures.”
 
The USU Undergraduate Research Fellows program was piloted in 2003 and formally initiated in 2004 as part of Utah State University’s focus on hands-on learning for students. More than 100 students currently hold fellowships in all USU’s colleges. Applications for new Research Fellows are accepted in the spring at the university’s annual Scholars Day.
 
“It’s particularly rewarding to see these students, who have established themselves as undergraduate researchers, complete their degrees with distinction,” said Brent Miller, vice president for research.
 
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Writer: Jacoba Mendelkow Poppleton, 435-797-9608, jacoba.mendelkow@usu.edu
Contact: Joyce Kinkead, 435-797-1706, joyce.kinkead@usu.edu
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