Names announced for winter undergrad research awards

Western Today staff

To encouragement undergraduate students to engage in creative work in their disciplines, Research and Creative Opportunities grants are available each quarter. This type of research is at the core of Western’s goal to support inter-disciplinary study across campus.

The Committee for Research and Creative Opportunities at Western Washington University has announced the winter 2014 cycle of awards.

Faculty members on the committee select undergraduate recipients based on the quality of the students’ proposals, including the relevance and worthiness of the project, significance of the project and its feasibility.

The committee was most impressed with the caliber of the winter quarter applicants and looks forward to reviewing the next round of submissions. The spring deadline for applications is April 17. For more information, please visit:

Winter quarter’s recipients of the Research and Creative Opportunities grants include:

  • Timothy McClure, Lynden - Biology Department / Hydrophonic recording of whelk feeding behavior
  • Joanna Hoppins, Ferndale - Chemistry Department / Sample Preparation for NMR Investigation of Villin’s V6 Fragment in Absence of Ca2+
  • Daniel Goertz and Austin Farley, Issaquah - Chemistry Department / Quantification of the Ability for a New Photosensitizer to Generate Singlet Oxygen for the Photodynamic Therapeutic Treatment of Prostate Cancer
  • Heather Miears, Fairbanks, Alaska - Chemistry Department / Calcium Sensitivity of the Supervillin, a Cancer Regulator
  • Austin Farley, Seattle - Chemistry Department / Optimization of a Suzuki-Miyaura coupling reaction to better synthesize chiorins for use in photodynamic therapy
  • Andrew Muchlinski, Issaquah - Chemistry Department / Pectin Remodelling in Petunia Cell Walls
  • Zachery Schutte, Duvall - Physics & Astronomy Department / Testing the Central Galatic Paradigm with Brightest Cluster Galaxies

Contact Research and Sponsored Programs at Western Washington University for more information about the grants at 360-650-3220
 or drop by Old Main Room 530.

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 2:43pm