Junior wins grant from Kentucky Academy of Science
RELEASED: Feb. 1, 2007
DANVILLE, KY—The Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS) announced last week the recipients of the 2007 KAS Undergraduate Research Awards. One of only two recipients, Sarah Weidinger, a junior psychology major from Fort Thomas, Ky., won for her proposal titled "Proximate Mechanisms Underlying Monogamy in Ring Neck Dove: The Nature of the Nest-Bond."
Through the Undergraduate Research Awards, the KAS makes available funds for research planned and conducted by undergraduates in Kentucky colleges and universities under the supervision of a faculty member. A grant will be awarded to Centre in support of Weidinger's outstanding research proposal.
Weidinger will work with Dr.Melissa Burns-Cusato, assistant professor of psychology, to study the mating behavior of ring neck doves. Focusing on what influences monogamy among the doves, Weidinger will use the grant to fund the special equipment required for the project.
"With money, we'll be able to purchase small video cameras to place in the test cages so that we can digitally record all of the test trials," Weidinger says. "I'd never written a grant proposal before so I didn't know what to expect. I'm very excited that we received the funding for our project."
The proposal required Weidinger to submit a description of the project, letters of support from Centre, Institutional-Animal-Care-and-Use Committee approval, and a budget.
"Sarah took an opportunity to maximize the returns on a research prospectus she developed for a course (PSY 350) during the fall," Burns-Cusato says. "By further developing her course paper into a grant proposal, she not only received funding for her research, she also gained valuable grant writing experience. I'm very proud of her."The Kentucky Academy of Science is a nonprofit organization whose goals are to encourage scientific research, promote the diffusion of scientific knowledge and unify the scientific interests of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Established in 1914, the Academy is an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Association of Academies of Science.
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