NCUR/Lancy Scholars Selected for Platte River Project

John Falconer
Sponsored Programs director, 308.865.8496

Thirteen students will be immersed in the Platte River this summer as they participate in the NCUR/Lancy Platte River Project. The summer research project is possible because of a $40,000 grant made to the University of Nebraska at Kearney from the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and the Leslie E. Lancy Foundation to conduct undergraduate research for the 2002 summer. The project aims to engage the students and their respective faculty mentors into multi-disciplinary studies about the Platte River.

“This program has grown more and more exciting as we talk to the students who will be Lancy Scholars. Their enthusiasm for research is compelling. We are also pleased to have Central Power and Irrigation involved in the project, which will be providing an educational tour of some sites along the Platte River,” John Falconer, director of Sponsored Programs, said.

The students will be working on independent projects under the supervision of their faculty mentors. Students were recognized as Lancy Scholars based on their academic progress (grade point average, coursework preparation) and an essay describing their objectives and commitment to the program. The requirements for applicants were that they be able to participate in research and group events May 31-July 26, 2002, and participate in a fall symposium, Spring 2003 Student Research Day, and Spring NCUR conference and not graduate before May 2003. Students will be given a stipend of $2,500 for their work.

Faculty mentors and their student researchers are:


Julie Shaffer & Wyatt Hoback – Biology
Megan McKinney, Potter
Emily Batterman, Bridgeport
Shea Holman, Scottsbluff
John Madsen, MindenCharles Peek – English
Taffnee Faimon, Grand Island

Chris Exstrom – Chemistry
Brent Barta, Raymond
Lancia Darville, Freeport, Bahamas

Steele Becker – Geography
Nathan Eidem, Kearney
Allison Spicer, Hays, KSDeb Bridges – Economics
Jamin Mrvicka, Rosemount, MN
Amanda State, Imperial

Peter Longo – Political Science
Brian Meade, Papillion
Mindy Boehr, Henderson