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RELEASE DATE: October 22, 2013

Berry Students Win Research Awards

Two Berry College students have been named Synovus Scholars, earning up to $2,000 for their research projects.

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 artistic endeavors.

The 2013 Synovus Scholars are Micah Stockwell-Goering, of Waynesville, N.C. and Kayli Wilson, of Aragon, Ga.

Stockwell-Goering, a sophomore animal science major, is working on a project that focuses on the effect visual and auditory feeding cues have on circulating concentrations of ghrelin, a hormone which stimulates feed consumption, in castrated male sheep. It is an attempt to see if sheep have increased ghrelin levels when feeding is simulated at a scheduled time.

"While I had not previously considered myself a candidate for research, since arriving at Berry College, my curiosity has grown and served as one of the driving forces behind my desire to pursue research," he said. Assistant Professor of Animal Science Jay Daniel is the faculty mentor for Stockwell-Goering.

Sophomore Kayli Wilson, an economics major from Aragon, Ga., has been working on a project that addresses the interrelationship between health and education. Her research involves the analysis of data from The China Health and Nutritional Survey, which provides an excellent and thorough source of data on thousands of households in China.

"Receiving the Synovus award has enabled me to purchase software that will allow me to navigate the extensive data that the China Health and Nutritional Survey provides," Wilson said. "I also will be able to present my research to the Southern Economic Association's conference in Atlanta. Most importantly, working on this project has allowed me to learn so much about the research process from my faculty advisor, Dr. Lauren Heller."

Wilson said she plans to attend graduate school, and hopes to someday become a college professor. Assistant Professor of Economics Lauren Heller is Wilson's faculty mentor.

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Written by Student Public Relations Assistant Brittni Trollinger

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