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Sigma XI honors seniors for scientific research

2:27 p.m., June 1, 2005--The UD chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, has presented 2005 Undergraduate Thesis Awards to five graduating seniors who were nominated by research advisers and members of the thesis committee for their research endeavors and their prospects for continued contribution to scholarship.

Each received a $100 gift card, a certificate of recognition and nominations as associate members of Sigma Xi, with first-year dues paid by the chapter.

The following received awards:

Gregory R. Hayes, who received his bachelor of mechanical engineering degree with distinction, for “Synthesis and Characterization of Transition Metal Doped TiO2 Nanoparticles,” adviser, Ismat Shah, professor of materials science;

Daniel A. Mason, who received his honors bachelor of arts degree in economics and English, for “Controlling State Control: State Strength and Economic Privatization in China and the Former Soviet Union,” adviser, Eleanor Craig, associate professor of economics;

Amanda L. Peters, who received her honors bachelor of science degree in biochemistry with distinction, for “Influence of Cholesterol on Fatty Acid Synthesis during 3T3-L1 Adipocyte Differentiation,” adviser David Usher, associate professor of biological sciences;

Matthew F. Roberts, who received his honors bachelor of science degree in biochemistry with distinction, for “Helix-Helix Interactions in GPCR Folding and the Role of TM5 Self-Association in Dimerization of Adenosine A2A Receptor,” adviser Clifford Robinson, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry; and

Allison Wojcik, who received her honors bachelor of science degree in biological sciences with distinction, for “Assembly of Initiation and Elongation Complexes during Simian Virus 40 DNA Synthesis,” adviser Daniel Simmons, professor of biological sciences.

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