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Six COHS students selected as Wentz Research Scholars for 2019-20

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Destinee Elliott is one six College of Human Sciences students chosen as Wentz Research Scholars for 2019-20.

Six College of Human Sciences students have been selected as Wentz Research Scholars for the 2019-20 school year. The group of students represents all three departments and the largest number of Human Sciences students selected for the prestigious honor in a single year. 

Thanks to the generosity of the Lew Wentz Foundation, each scholar will receive $4,500 to conduct an original research project under the guidance of an OSU faculty member. The students submitted research proposals that underwent a rigorous blind review process by the Wentz Research Selection Committee.

The Henry Bellmon Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research coordinates the competitive selection process for these awards. A total of 37 OSU undergraduates were selected and will receive a total of $166,500 in financial aid in 2019-20. Students will present their projects at the annual Wentz Scholars Symposium next spring.   

A full list of Human Sciences’ 2019-20 Wentz Research Scholars, their faculty mentors and project titles follows:

Sydney Bellah (Stillwater, Oklahoma)

Human Development and Family Science

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alex Bishop

“A Time to Heal: Examining Forgiveness Among Women in Prison”

Destinee Elliott (Ardmore, Oklahoma)

Nutritional Sciences/Allied Health

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sam Emerson

“Does Coffee Intake Affect the Validity of an Oral Fat Tolerance?”

Jacob Gray (Fayetteville, Arkansas)

Nutritional Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tay Kennedy

“Effects of Nutrition Knowledge and Diet Quality on BMI in Young Adult-Men”

Bethany Hatter (Stillwater, Oklahoma)

Nutritional Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Brenda Smith

“Understanding How Dried Plum’s Bioactive Components Mediate their Effects on Intestinal Mucosal Immunity”

Macy McAnally (Lewisville, Texas)

Apparel Merchandising

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Hyejune Park

“Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in Apparel Retailing: Examining Retail Strategies to Enhance the Customer Experience”

Kara Robinson (Okarche, Oklahoma)

Nutritional Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Brenda Smith

“Tart Cherry Supplementation and Chronic Exercise for an Age-Old Problem”

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