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Shannon McCawley of Cookeville and Andrea Looney of Kingsport recently received the Swindell/Jackson Undergraduate Research Endowment Scholarship awarded by Tennessee Tech University’s Chemistry Department.

The endowment, created to foster undergraduate research, was established by Robert Swindell, a former faculty member for more than 25 years who served as Chemistry Department chairperson for five years, and chemistry professor Barbara Jackson.

“The purpose of this scholarship is to provide support for students who are interested in aiding professors with research,” said Jackson. “It also gives recipients experience that helps prepare them for the top graduate programs.

“Most of our recipients give presentations at national and international conventions, and their research quite often appears in scientific journals,” Jackson added.

McCawley, an American Chemical Society major, assists chemistry professor Dale Ensor with a project called “Chromatographic separation of lanthanide and actinide elements.” Looney, a biochemistry major, works with chemistry associate professor Jeff Boles on a project titled “New Insights into the use of beta-chloro-alanine in tryptophan synthase kinetic assay.”