Berry College funds student research projects

Hannah Youngblood will conduct DNA testing on coral.
Hannah Youngblood will conduct DNA testing on coral. | File photo

Berry College recently announced the students selected for its Richards Scholars and Synovus Sophomore Scholars Programs for the 2016-17 academic school year, including Hannah Youngblood, Jocelyne Miller, Tessa Howard and Maddie Bess.

The programs help fund students’ research efforts by providing both the students and their faculty members with funding to support their efforts. The Richards Scholars program is open to junior and senior students and provides $5,000 for the students and $1,000 for their faculty mentors, supporting their research projects through fostering a one-on-one relationship.

This year’s Richard Scholars are Youngblood, who will conduct DNA testing on coral to measure the effects of herbicide Diuron; Miller, who will study the impact of new voter ID laws on both turnout and voter demographics; and Howard, who will continue her research on traditional Cherokee crop varieties at the Rome Master Gardeners Club.

They Synovus Sophomore Scholars Program provides funding for second-year student pursuing research, internships, entrepreneurial service work or projects and artistic endeavours. This year, Bess will receive $2,000 through the program, which will also provide $500 for her faculty or staff mentors. She will use that funding to conduct educational outreach meetings to explain the costs and benefits of natural gas fracking in communities in northwestern Georgia.

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