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University of Nebraska Chapter 2004 Graduate Student Research Poster Winners

The UNL Chapter of Sigma Xi, the research honorary society, has announced the winners of the 2004 Graduate Student Research Poster Competition. The competition was sponsored jointly by Sigma Xi and the office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies. This yearís competition, held Wednesday, 21 April, in the Nebraska Union as part of the 2004 Research Fair, drew a record 91 poster submissions. The judges selected nine winning posters, representing research by 10 UNL graduate students in seven UNL Departments.

In the area of Biological and Agricultural Sciences, the winners were Maricelis Acevedo (Biological Sciences), Arlene Adviento-Borbe (Agronomy), and Lisa Franzen (Entomology).

In the area of Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, the winners were Andrew Harken (Mechanical Engineering), Ellen Day (Mechanical Engineering), and Nageswara Rao Tadepalli (Electrical Engineering).

In the area of Physical and Material Sciences the winners were Shampa Aich (Mechanical Engineering), Anthony Caruso (Physics and Astronomy), and Jihee Kim (Physics and Astronomy).

In the area of Social Sciences the winner was Shen Zhang (Psychology).

Each winning poster received a cash award of $50 and the winning graduate students were honored at Sigma Xiís Annual Awards and Initiation Banquet, which was held on Tuesday, April 27th.

This yearís competition was organized by Kent Eskridge, Past President of the UNL Chapter of Sigma Xi. Judges included Stephanie Adams (Graduate Studies), Jennifer Brand (Chemical Engineering), Berthe Choueiry (Computer Science and Engineering), Tom Clemente (Agronomy & Horticulture), Peter Dowben (Physics & Astronomy), Ray Hames (Anthropology & Geography), Dan Leger (Psychology), Anne Parkhurst (Statistics), Jeff Shield (Mechanical Engineering) and Blair Siegfried (Entomology).

Sigma Xi is an international research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement. There are nearly 70,000 Sigma Xi members in over 500 chapters at colleges and universities, industrial research centers and government laboratories. The University of Nebraska Chapter was organized in 1897.

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