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University of Nebraska Chapter 2005 Graduate Student Research Poster Winners

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chapter of Sigma Xi, the research honorary society, has announced the winners of the 2005 Graduate Student Research Poster Competition. The competition was co-sponsored by Sigma Xi, the office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, the UNL Materials Research Science and Engineering Center for Quantum and Spin Phenomena in Nanomagnetic Structures, and the UNL Research Council. Support of the event was also provided by the Center for Science, Math, and Computer Education. This yearís competition, held March 10th in the Nebraska Union as part of the 2005 Research Fair, drew a near record 88 poster submissions. The judges selected seven winning posters, representing research by 7 UNL graduate students in 5 UNL departments.

In the area of biological and agricultural sciences, the winners were Zach Cunningham (Biological Sciences) and Alamelu Bharadwaj (Biochemistry).

In the area of computer science, engineering, mathematics, and statistics, the winner was Bashar Al-Salim (Industrial and Management Engineering).

In the area of physical and material sciences, the winners were Sarah Petitto (Chemistry) and Chunjuan Zhang (Chemistry).

In the area of social sciences the winners were April Seifert (Psychology) and Jamie Wilkinson (Psychology).

Each winning poster will receive a cash award of $50 and the winning graduate students will be honored at Sigma Xiís annual awards and initiation banquet on April 21st.

The judging of this yearís competition was organized by Sigma Xi members Peter Dowben (Physics and Astronomy) and Kent M. Eskridge (Statistics). Judges included Jennifer I. Brand (Chemical Engineering), Patricia C. Draper (Anthropology & Geography), Stephen Ducharme (Physics & Astronomy), Susan Halbeck (Industrial & Management Systems Engineering), Robert W. Hutkins (Food Science & Technology), Daniel W. Leger (Psychology), Paul A.Savory (Industrial & Management Systems Engineering), and Walter H. Schacht (Agronomy & Horticulture).

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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