EPSCoR funds 2023 Nebraska small college/university undergraduate research experiences
To increase undergraduate research opportunities at Nebraska’s smaller colleges and universities, Nebraska EPSCoR offers funding up to $5,000 per project for collaborations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas. Faculty and students involved in the proposals selected (below) report their project results to Nebraska EPSCoR and present their research in scientific publications and at conferences. Recipients for 2023 are:
Funding is provided through National Science Foundation award, OIA#2044049. The next funding opportunity in this annual competitive selection process will be posted at Nebraska EPSCoR’s Request for Proposals page in Fall 2023; for more information about this program, see https://epscor.nebraska.edu/programs/small-colleges. ###
Photo caption: In the summer of 2022, undergraduate students Josh Bohlke (left) and Katie Lytle (right) meet in a University of Nebraska at Kearney lab with Allen Thomas, associate professor of chemistry. Results from their EPSCoR-funded research, “Pyrophosphate bioisosteres as serotonin N-acetyltransferase inhibitors for treating circadian rhythm disorders,” helped earn further funding for the work from the National Institutes of Health. Another student, Mackenzie Hagemeister, had the idea for making molecules that could block an enzyme in the production of melatonin inside the human body's pineal gland; the student thought this action could help maintain normal melatonin levels and decrease an over-supply of melatonin in people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder.