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Three students minoring in SLCL fields of study among 2017 Beckman Institute student award winners

5/19/2017  8:00 am

Thirteen students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences were recently named recipients of the 2017 Beckman Institute student awards, and three of them are minoring in fields of study within SLCL.

Recipients of a Beckman Institute Undergraduate Fellowship include Yuan Bian, who is majoring in psychology with minors in linguistics and statistics, and Jerome Davis, who is majoring in chemistry with a minor in French.

Supported by funding from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, the fellowship offers University of Illinois undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research at the Institute during the summer.

Bian’s research proposal is titled "Second Order Constraint Learning with Stress Context: Can Early Linguistic Experience Affect Implicit Learning in the Language Production System?"

Davis plans to work with Paul Braun, a professor of materials science and engineering and member of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, on a project titled "Electrodeposition of Doped Lithium Cobalt Oxide."

Anastassia Sorokina is the recipient of an Erik Haferkamp Memorial Award for Undergraduate Research. She is studying psychology, and molecular and cellula r biology, with a minor in Russian language and literature. In honor of Erik Haferkamp’s life and achievements, his family, friends, and colleagues established the Erik Haferkamp Memorial Fund, which provides awards to undergraduate students who are conducting research in neuroscience at the Beckman Institute.

Sorokina’s research project, a genetic analysis of mice that have been bred to display symptoms that mimic Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), will be supervised by Justin Rhodes, an associate professor of psychology and member of the Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group.

Congratulations to Yuan, Jerome, and Anastassia!