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UNI student receives science award

January 29, 2003

Cheryl Smith, program assistant, UNI College of Natural Sciences, (319) 273-6809
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Robert Drewelow, a University of Northern Iowa junior from Waterloo, was awarded funds from the Merck Co. Foundation to attend the 2003 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Denver, Colo., Feb. 13-17. He will present his work at the student poster session on Feb. 15.

The title of his project is 'Expression Cloning and Pharmacological Characterization of a Mammaliam Calcium Channel in Xenopus Oocytes.' Drewelow did the research last summer as part of the Undergraduate Science Research Program funded by Merck/AAAS. He was one of six UNI students selected to participate in the program and one of 25 student program participants nationwide who were selected to attend the Denver meeting.

UNI was one of 15 U.S. colleges and universities that received an award from Merck/AAAS to promote interdisciplinary research experiences among undergraduates.