Berry Students Receive Research Awards
Release Date: July 22, 2014
Two Berry College students have been named Synovus Scholars and received funding for their research.
Maddox, a rising junior biology major from Gainesville, Ga., and Rashelly
Rusia, a rising senior psychology, marketing, and management triple major
from Grayson, Va. are the 2014 Synovus Scholars.
The Synovus Scholar Program awards up to $2,000 to
students and $500 for faculty or staff mentors to support projects related to
the student's exploration of academic, research or growth experiences such as
practicums, research, internships, entrepreneurial service or work projects, or
said her project focuses
on evaluating cave biodiversity in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.
“I am so grateful for this opportunity to develop my potential as
a future researcher; Berry has so many cool opportunities like Synovus,” said
Maddox. “I am so lucky to have received this grant, and to have a mentor like
Dr. Cathy Borer, who took the time to plug me in with connections and teach me
how to write a proposal.”
the 2014 spring semester Maddox started an internship with the
Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc., when Borer mentioned the Synovus
“This project has already begun to give me connections to
researchers at universities that I am considering researching when I go to get
a graduate degree. I’m excited to learn research methods outside of just lab
classes, how to write a research paper, and how to present at a conference;
these are all important skills for a successful researcher,” Maddox said.
said her project focuses on preschool children and their parents’ interactions
during reading time.
“It's a great opportunity to delve into
psychological research,” she said, adding that the most important part of being a Synovus Scholar is staying focused.
Rusia plans to pursue a doctorate in industrial, organizational psychology
Written by Student Public Relations Assistant Lindsey Dyches