2013 Niblack scholars

Three undergraduate students associated with the Department of Zoology received Niblack Scholarships from OSU to cunduct original research under the guidance of a faculty member and a graduate student: 

Sydnee Homeyer is a Physiology major. She worked as a Freshman Research Scholar in the laboratory of Jennifer H. Shaw during 2012-2013. Sydnee has been awarded a Niblack Scholarship to continue her research through the summer of 2014. Her research project involves the role of oxidative stress on communication within the coronary blood vessel wall via gap junctions. Following her undergraduate studies here at OSU, Sydnee aspires to enroll in an M.D./Ph.D. program in pursuit of a career in cardiology. Sydnee 
Ashley Graupman is a Junior majoring in Zoology with plans to complete a DVM/PhD degree eventually. Ashley’s Niblack research project grew out of an Honor’s Contract she completed for ZOOL 4174 Mammalogy. She will be comparing bone density and bone compression strength in bats exposed to lead, zinc, and cadmium at Tar Creek Superfund Site and in bats from reference sites. Ashley will work in Karen McBee's lab under the mentorship of Rachel Eguren. AGraupman 
Cierra Keith in a biology major working in Michael Tobler's lab, where she has been involved since 2012 as a Freshman Research Scholar. Her current projects include studies of metabolic physiology in livebearing fishes as well as studying plastic and genetic components of variation in phenotypic traits.  cierra