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Grand Prize Winners Selected for University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum

Nicole Jedding and Amy Freeland

Two MSU students have earned Grand Prize awards for the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum, or UURAF.

Amy Freeland, a 2018 Honors College graduate and a first-year student in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, won the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, grand prize for her research on autoimmune disease prevention.

Nicole Jedding, an Honors College junior majoring in psychology, won the Social Science, Humanities and Arts, or SSHA, grand prize award for her work on the portrayal of race in the media’s coverage of drug crises.

“I’d like to congratulate Amy and Nicole for earning these awards and to the faculty who provided vital mentorship during the research process,” said Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean of the Honors College.

“High impact opportunities, such as undergraduate research, enhance the student learning experience,” said R. Sekhar Chivukula, associate provost for undergraduate education and dean of undergraduate studies. “Our undergraduate students who engage in faculty-led research develop important connections with faculty and begin to learn about potential career pathways.”

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