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March 30, 2001

ULM toxicology student earns research grant

Udayan Apte, a doctoral student in the College of Pharmacy (Toxicology) at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, was recently awarded a research grant by Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.

This award will be used to support a research project entitled: "Assessment of gene expression using a custom designed gene array in enhanced liver tissue repair response in calorically restricted rats."

Apte's application was one of nearly 1,000 applications reviewed by the Committee on Grants-in-Air of Research, administered by Sigma Xi. Less than 35 percent of the applicants received funding. Applications were reviewed from all 50 states and 18 countries.

Dr. Harihara Mehendale, Professor and Kitty DeGree Endowed Chair in Toxicology at ULM, will supervise Apte's research.

For over 75 years, the Grants-in-Aid of Research Program, administered by Sigma Xi, has sought to foster original investigation in all areas of science and engineering. By providing small grants to young scientists, the program offers support and encouragement and is often an individual's first experience with writing a peer reviewed research proposal and obtaining external funding.

Founded in 1886 as an honor society for scientists and engineers, Sigma Xi is today an independent, non-profit research society of more than 75,000 members, with a distinguished history of service to science and society.

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