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Two Honors Students Receive University Research Scholarship

Much of this post has been taken from Tennessee Todays’s article:


Two Chancellor’s Honors Program students, Emma Zijlstra and Jacob Cecil, have received UT’s first International Research Opportunities Program scholarships through the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Emma Zijlstra

Emma Zijlstra

“The scholarship provides funding for students to conduct research abroad. Zijlstra, a sophomore in chemistry and global studies, will travel to the University of Geneva in Switzerland this spring to explore the role of a protein that has been found to be therapeutic in treating certain types of cancers. Her research will focus on GRP78, and particularly membrane GRP78, in ovarian carcinogenesis, and its utility for targeted nano therapy.”

Jacob Cecil

Jacob Cecil

“Cecil, a senior in biology, will conduct his research at the University of Helsinki in Finland on elucidation of disease-related functions of endothelial growth factors and their signal transduction in cancer and cardiovascular disease.”

The students will be part of the EuroScholars Program, which allows US and Canadian students to conduct research at one of nine renowned European research universities. EuroScholars students conduct research for an entire semester while taking language and culture classes.

Read more at Tennessee Today.


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