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March 2004
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Hopkins Undergraduates Honored for Research

On Thursday, March 11, Steven Knapp, university provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, will host the 11th annual Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards ceremony, which will honor the 41 winners who conducted their projects in the summer and fall of 2003. Since 1993, about 40 students each year have received PURA grants of up to $3,000 to conduct original research, some results of which have been published in professional journals. The awards, funded through a donation from the Hodson Trust, are an important part of the university's commitment to research opportunities for undergraduates.

The Johns Hopkins University is recognized as the country's first graduate research university, and has been in recent years the leader among the nation's research universities in winning federal research and development grants. The opportunity to be involved in important research is one of the distinguishing characteristics of an undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins.

The Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards program provides one of these research opportunities, open to students in each of the university's four schools with full-time undergraduates: the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the Peabody Conservatory and the School of Nursing.

To learn more about some of this year's Provost's Undergraduate Awards For Research (PURA) winners, visit the following pages:

Trevor Adler | History Major Uncovers a Sunken Past
Ashley Horton | Public Health Major Lifts a Historical Shadow
Megan O'Brien Gold | Nursing Major Offers Shelter from STD Transmission
Katherine McDonough | History and French Major Storms French Archives
Vandna Jerath | "Autism Netverse" Lets Creative Voices Be Heard Online
Scott Pitz | Earth & Planetary Science Major Digs for Clues
Kathelene Knight | Fairfax Resident Contributes to Egyptian Excavation
William Hsu | Student Probes Secrets of Ear Cells Crucial for Hearing
Amanda Leese | International Relations Major Witnesses Hague Tribunal
Bhuvan Srinivasan | Undergraduates Track Molecules That Trigger a Heartbeat
Eric Simone | Student Builds Micro Biosensor Chip to Move DNA Molecules

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