Ohio Space Grant Consortium Aids Students in Research

Sirois, Amling, and McKevitt, pictured here, each received a scholarship from the Ohio Space Grant Consortium this year. Not pictured: Krueger, a senior scholarship recipient who is studying abroad this semester.

Zachary Sirois, Maila Amling and Dylan McKevitt each received a scholarship from the Ohio Space Grant Consortium this year. Not pictured: Austin Krueger, a senior scholarship recipient who is studying abroad this semester. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University

by Laura Hinckley, Public Relations Writer

September 17, 2013

Four Cedarville University students received competitively awarded scholarships through the Ohio Space Grant Consortium this year.

Malia Amling, a senior electrical engineering major from Santa Barbara, Calif., and Austin Krueger, a senior biology major from Cedarville, Ohio, received the prestigious scholarships last year as well as this year. Two juniors also received scholarships this year: Dylan McKevitt, a geology major from Negaunee, Mich., and Zachary Sirois, a molecular and cellular biology major from Bangor, Maine.

Bob Chasnov, chair for the department of engineering and computer science and Cedarville campus representative for the Ohio Space Grant Consortium, said professors recommended students who have performed research in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Students were then invited to apply for the scholarship after meeting certain transcript and financial aid criteria.

During the academic school year, scholarship recipients are required to propose and initiate a research project or educational activity under the guidance of a faculty mentor. They must then attend and present their findings at the Annual Student Research Symposium, held in April at the Ohio Aerospace Institute in Cleveland, Ohio.

According to Chasnov, attending the symposium reinforces the rigorous academic standards expected at Cedarville. “They will realize how good the Cedarville education is compared to what a lot of other students are getting,” Chasnov said.  “It’s another indication for the students to see the level of quality they are getting in a Cedarville education.”

In addition to helping students financially, the Ohio Space Grant Consortium scholarship exposes students to challenging research and mentoring opportunities, which are extremely helpful when applying to graduate schools.

The valuable research opportunities inspired Sirois to apply for the scholarship. “Since I want to go into the medical field, I love getting to research genetics because it is so applicable to medicine,” he said. “I believe research for biomedical studies is almost as important as the medical field itself, because every day we are making new discoveries, which lead to new drugs, which lead to new cures.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Inspiring greatness for over 125 years, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.