Five Cedarville Students Receive Research Scholarships

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio—Five Cedarville University students have received research scholarships from the Ohio Space Grant Consortium (OSGC). OSGC is composed of 16 Ohio universities and is part of the congressionally funded National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program administered by NASA. OSGC`s primary emphasis is to encourage the study of math, science, and engineering and to provide awardees with a research experience. Chuck Allport, assistant to the academic vice president at Cedarville University, said, "The OSGC program is not only one of the best sources of financial aid for Cedarville students but also provides one of the best research project opportunities." This year, OSGC allocated to Cedarville University five of their 55 undergraduate scholarships. Three CU juniors each receive $2,000 while two seniors each receive $3,000. In April 2005, the students will attend the OSGC symposium in Cleveland, where the juniors will make poster presentations and the seniors will present formal papers for publishing. This is the second year that Cedarville student Trisha Stewart, a senior integrated mathematics education major from Batavia, N.Y., has received the scholarship. Stewart is working with state and local educators to determine the effectiveness of a specific set of math teaching methods being used by teachers in the Springfield (Ohio) City School System. She is the first scholar to receive an OSGC scholarship outside the core math, science, and engineering curricula. Tim Kaminsky is a senior mechanical engineering major from Brooklyn, Mich. Also a second-year recipient, Kaminsky is working with Applied Sciences Corporation of Cedarville to develop a means of uniformly dispersing nanotubes in a variety of composite materials. Junior biology major Naomi Kenner will investigate the effects of hypergravity on the development of frog embryos in an attempt to identify the biological mechanisms involved in embryological development. The Thief River Falls, Minn., native plans to someday become a veterinarian. Emily VanVliet is a junior electrical engineering major from Rochester, Minn. VanVliet`s project will investigate the effectiveness of selected commercial simulators in predicting electromagnetic degradation in electronic devices. Florence, Ky., native Ben Sprague will develop a software product that is capable of detecting and characterizing the behavior of a moving object from a stream of video data. This capability can be used, among other things, to allow robots to "look ahead." Sprague is a junior computer engineering major. -30-