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UW INBRE Names Transition Scholars and Grants


July 27, 2011 — The University of Wyoming IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program released the names of the 2011 Wyoming INBRE Transition Scholars and two projects with collaborative grants.

The 2011 Wyoming INBRE Transition Scholars will receive a $2,500 scholarship per semester for their junior and senior years, while completing their bachelor's degrees in biomedical-related programs at UW.

Transition scholars are:

Cheyenne -- Joshua Sharpe, mentored by Ami Wangeline at Laramie County Community College.

Rock Springs -- Adam Grasmick and Shayla Slaugh, both mentored by Bud Chew at Western Wyoming Community College.

Sheridan -- James (Tom) Molton, mentored by Rob Milne at Sheridan College.

The scholarship is awarded to outstanding life science students from Wyoming's community colleges where INBRE-sponsored research is conducted. Recipients are expected to enroll at UW and participate in INBRE-supported research activities, including a series of laboratory experiences. After their first semester, they will join a UW faculty member's lab, where they will conduct research for the remainder of their degree programs.

The UW INBRE program also recognized two projects for collaborative research grants.

Steve McAllister of Central Wyoming College and Debashis Dhutta of UW received funding for their project titled "Microfluidic Devices for Serosurvey of West Nile Viral Antibodies in Wyoming Counties."

LCCC's Wangeline and Zac Roehrs of the University of Wyoming/Casper College Center received a grant for their work titled "Selenium Trophic Movement and Potential Bottom Up Effects on Native Communities in Wyoming."

The INBRE grant, now in its eighth year, is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Research Resources (NCRR).

The UW-Wyoming Community College Collaborative Grant encourages researchers from UW and statewide community colleges to partner in projects, creating a strong network of biomedical scientists throughout the region.

While engaging more scientists and students in projects that may produce publishable results, the grant creates opportunities for projects to obtain further funding from federal agencies.

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