Southeastern NEWS Southeastern Louisiana University Office of University Relations SLU 880, Hammond, LA 70402 504/549-2341/fax 504-549-2061 firstname.lastname@example.org www.selu.edu/NewsEvents Date: 4/20/98 Contact: Christina Chapple 22 SLU STUDENTS WIN "OSCARS" HAMMOND -- Oscars aren't just for movie stars anymore. Southeastern Louisiana University students are also winning "OSCARS" -- Office of Student Creative Activities and Research grants -- through a new program sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. A component of Southeastern's new service-learning program, "Connections," OSCAR brings together students and faculty interested in collaborating on research or creative activity, explained Connections Director Michael Greene. The program offers $1,500 grants to individual students or $3,000 awards to student teams for supplies, equipment or travel related to their projects. Southeastern President Sally Clausen has called OSCAR "an excellent way to encourage and reward undergraduate research." "The perfect fusion of teaching and professional activities occurs when a student becomes actively involved with a research or creative endeavor in collaboration with a faculty member," said College of Arts and Sciences aDean John Miller. "This one-one-one contact between the student and the faculty memberis teaching in its purest form." OSCAR debuted this spring, with funding divided among nine students and three student teams. The students conducted research on projects ranging from water quality monitoring in Lake Pontchartrain to analyzing geographical trends in campus crime. OSCAR funds helped the nine-member Chamber Winds ensemble travel to Honduras to perform and to teach high school musicians. On April 30, the public can see what this first group of OSCAR winners has accomplished. The students will display posters illustrating their research in the lobby of the Music Recital Hall prior to the College of Arts and Sciences' 2 p.m. honors convocation and will be available for questions before and after the event. The students, their projects and supervising professors are -- Ronald L. Sicard of Baton Rouge, Biological Sciences, "A Greenhouse Study to Determine the Effects of Saltwater Intrusion and Different Flooding Levels on Three Species of Sagittaria; supervised by biological sciences professor Gary Shaffer. -- Rebecca Souther of Ponchatoula, Biological Sciences," The Effect of Submergence, Light Regime, Nutrient Augmentation, and Aeration on Two Age Classes of Bald Cypress Seedling," also supervised by Shaffer. -- Mervin Basile of Holden, Chemistry and Physics, "Theoretical Studies of the Mechanism of Atmospheric Ozone Degradation," supervised by chemistry professor William A. Parkinson. -- Mark Helper of Covington, Kristye Tullis of Greenwell Springs and Leeann Hudspeth of Amite, Chemistry and Physics, "Water Quality Monitoring in Lake Pontchartrain," supervised by chemistry professor Brad Wurm. -- Kurt Hery of Jefferson, Chemistry and Physics, "Study of the Refractive Index Increment of Polyelectrolytes and Neutral Polymers," supervised by chemistry professor David Norwood. -- Connie Monceaux of Berwick, Chemistry and Physics, "Kinetics of Superoxide Dismutase," supervised by chemistry professor Samira Barghouthi. -- Tina Tassara of Bogalusa and Laura Schlecht of Brusly, Chemistry and Physics, "Ion Channel Studies of Biological Chart," supervised by physics professor Kandiah "Mani" Manivannan. -- Jennifer Bowles of Hammond, Chemistry and Physics, "Chemical Analkysis of Kombucha-Fermented Tea," also supervised by Barghouthi. -- Michael J. Moore of Baton Rouge, Chemistry and Physics, "Synthesis of Novel Star Polymers," supervised by chemistry professor Drew Poche. -- Terry O'Mara of Ponchatoula, Florida Parishes Social Science Research Center, "A Geographical Trend Analysis of Southeastern Louisiana University Campus Crime," supervised by sociology professor Bonnie Lewis. -- Evette Simmons of Covington, Psychology, "Cue-elicited Rearing in the Rat: Conditioned Withdrawal vs. Exploration," supervised by psychology professorJulian L. Azorlosa.. The Chamber Winds students who toured Honduras were Marcia Lyons of Chalmette; David Petit of Luling; Charlie Forrest and Brennan Arceneaux of Hammond; Don Woods of Decatur, Ala.; Jason Rusk of Meraux, and Julie Legleu, Brock Ballow, Rahni Kennedy, and Matthew McLean of Baton Rouge. The Chamber Winds is directed by Southeastern Director of Bands Frank Dubuy. OSCAR falls under the umbrella of Connections, an ambitious new service-learning program that uses environmental service projects as a tool to implement science and mathematics education reform. Connections is sponsored by the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education. About 200 Southeastern students in six courses are participating this semester in Connections-related activities. Projects range from creating an environmental awarness program and manual for Global Wildlife Center to the assisting with the clean-up of Mile Branch in Covington. At least three additional faculty members have committed to offering service components in the fall 1998 semester. Service-learning "offers students a dramatically enhanced, hands on learning experience," said Greene. Students enrolled in Connections-related classes are "fulfilling a community need while taking a college course," Green said. "But, we're not talking about just picking up trash to make yourself feel good," he added. "Activities are tightly integrated into academic curriculum." Adding hands-on experience to classroom learning enhances the relevence of the subject, Greene said. "Students often ask 'what's the point' of what they are learning. Service-learning shows them how what they are studying will affect the real world." For additional information about Connections and OSCAR, contact Greene at 504-549- 3600 or email@example.com.