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By: Stacey Walters |
April 2, 2020
The University of Pikeville recently endorsed three students
that were selected to receive the Appalachian College Association (ACA) Ledford
Research Scholarships. These scholarships offer financial assistance for summer
research projects to undergraduate students enrolled at ACA member
year, the ACA awards scholarships to support ongoing educational objectives.
Ledford Scholars present their research from a variety of fields of study, such
as health sciences, social sciences, humanities, applying various
methodologies, laboratory research, fieldwork, participant observation,
interview/oral history or archival/library research.
Development Manager, Eric Werth, Ed.D., and Faculty Development Educator Katie
Williams are both serving as mentors to supervise Adrianna Deskins. Deskins’
project is to continue exploring the work of Open Education Resources (OERs)
and the impact of these materials on a college student.
of Biology Phillip Jen, Ph.D., is serving as a mentor for Elizabeth Shepherd on
her project to investigate the function of neuropeptides in cancer tissues and
determine how neurotransmitters and neuropeptides function in human lung,
breast and colon tissues.
Williams, also mentored by Dr. Jen, has a project to investigate the function
of neuropeptides in the gallbladder to determine how neuropeptides function in
triggering sudden colonic transit, pain, gas and sensations of urgency.
Provost Lori Werth, Ph.D., encourages students to pursue specialized learning
and research opportunities such as those afforded by the Ledford Research
University of Pikeville is committed to excellence in the classroom and leading
in the areas of research and practice,” said Werth. “We are thankful to the
Appalachian College Association for their support of student-led research and
opportunities to innovate in a variety of disciplines.”
program culminates with the Ledford Scholars requesting their attendance and
presentation of their research findings at the ACA’s Annual Summit held in
Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on September 25 and 26.
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