Carolyn Berdanier Undergraduate Research Grants Program
Dr. Carolyn D. Berdanier is a former head and professor (1977-1998) in the department of Foods and Nutrition at the University of Georgia. As a prolific researcher investigating nutrient-gene interactions in diabetes, Dr. Berdanier has published over 200 research articles, reviews and book chapters, as well as 15 sole-authored books. As a Professor Emerita, she continues to author reviews for scientific journals and support future generations of scientists through her generous donation to the undergraduate research grant program.
- This undergraduate research grant program affords students the opportunity for mentored participation in basic science research conducted within the department of Foods and Nutrition, thereby stimulating student interest and involvement in scientific inquiry.
- Participation in this program allows students to interact closely with faculty investigators and research teams, to apply their coursework and to develop more competitive resumes for graduate and/or professional school applications and the job market.
- Eligible students will be in their junior or senior year with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher at time of application. No prior research experience is required for participation in the program; however, specified coursework may be a prerequisite for some research opportunities. Participation begins in October and ends at the completion of the academic year.
- Throughout the program student(s) will work closely with their faculty mentor(s) and research group(s) (technical staff, graduate students) through: a) participation in research design, planning and implementation; b) collection, analysis and summarization of data; c) attendance and participation in laboratory meetings/informal discussions; d) presentation of research findings (see below) and e) potential involvement in research publication.
- Support for the undergraduate research program will be in the form of $500 awards to help fund designated student research projects. Two awards will be presented for the 2014-2015 academic year.
How to Apply
Please submit the application form and a short research proposal by September 21st (Monday). The recipients will be announced by October 2nd (Friday) so that they can be recognized at the FACS Donor-Scholar Award Ceremony.