What a Difference an Honors Grant Makes!

March 2, 2018

Research often elicits visions of beakers and lab coats in pristine laboratories, but that’s just a small view into the world of asking questions and seeking their answers. In Dean Snow’s addresses, she often asks, “How many of you have done research before?” Often, very few hands go up in response. She follows up with another inquiry, “How many of you have ever had a question about something and then went to find the answer?” As more hands raise, she tells them, “You just did research.”

At the John V. Roach Honors College, undergraduate research is an exciting opportunity for our students to expand their knowledge in a subject area of their choice. The Honors College is proud to offer its students the chance to apply for grants and awards that really can make a difference in their research – just ask Kyle Roush (’16).

Roush and his mentor, Marlo Jeffries, sought funding to help develop Roush’s senior project so he applied for the John V. Roach Honors College Undergraduate Research/Creative Project Grant. He was awarded $1,000 and used the funds to develop data for his final presentation titled, “Enhancing the fish embryo toxicity test: Growth, development abnormalities and gene expression as additional test endpoints.”

Roush explored the advantages of the U.S. switching to an alternative method for measuring chemical toxicity. Specifically, he compared a new proposed method (which uses unhatched fish embryos) to the one currently in place (which uses newly hatched fish larvae) by conducting exposures to a suite of chemicals and evaluating similar metrics.

Roush’s research didn’t just stop with a singular poster presentation – he went on to pursue graduate school and is now obtaining his Master of Science in Biology at TCU. Thus, his undergraduate research paved the way for some continued success in his field.

In 2016, he served as the first author on three presentations related to his Honors research:

  • A poster at the 2016 Texas Chapter of American Fisheries Society Meeting
  • A platform at the South Central Regional Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology
  • A platform at the Society of Toxicology and Environmental Chemistry 7th World Congress/37th North America Annual Meeting (where he was also awarded the second place for Best Undergraduate Platform Presentation)

Furthermore, Roush has also authored a peer-reviewed journal article in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, which can be read online.

Could significant funding make a difference in your research? Apply for one of our Honors grants/awards today.

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