Two Berry College students have been named
Synovus Scholars, earning up to $2,000 for their research projects.
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
The 2013 Synovus Scholars are Micah Stockwell-Goering, of
Waynesville, N.C. and Kayli Wilson, of Aragon, Ga.
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
Written by Student Public Relations Assistant Brittni