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Coverdell PPSRS Program

Winners Announced


Roger Coate, Ph.D. Paul D. Coverdell Professor of Public Policy is pleased to announce the 2014 Coverdell Chair Public Policy Student Research Scholar Program Award Recipients. The main purpose of the Coverdell Chair PPSRS program is to strengthen GC’s mission as the premier public liberal arts university in Georgia and to attract and retain the highest caliber young scholars. Each Public Policy Student Research Scholar will receive up to $2,000 to fund his or her research project.  Awardees were chosen based on the project's educational and intellectual merit, the potential policy impact of the project and the student's previous academic success.





Amy Elizabeth   Bennett

Erin Elizabeth Kelly

Ms. Heidi Fowler

“Tick Borne Disease Policy for Georgia,” Amy Elizabeth Bennett and Erin Elizabeth Kelly, community health majors

[Mentor: Ms. Heidi Fowler, School of Health & Human Performance]

The purpose of this research is to investigate the relationship between environmental factors and the prevalence of tick and tick-borne illnesses (TBIs) in order to draft a tick-borne illness policy in Georgia. In Georgia, ticks are one of the most disease-causing vectors. In order to manage ticks and TBIs it is essential to understand the key environmental determinants of tick abundance, disease persistence and spread. The fieldwork for this project will consist of applying secondary data acquired from the Georgia Department of Public Health (Health Protection and Epidemiology Divisions).  By examining the prevalence of ticks and a variety of tick species that carry pathogens that may affect our community, the analysis will lead to drafting a reporting policy for confirmed tick-borne illnesses. The results should show the risk factor of vector borne disease that live in the climate relatively similar as Baldwin county climate found across Georgia. This risk factor is presumed to be noticed in the eventual construction of a policy requiring reports of cases Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and other tick borne diseases.




Megan Corley

Dr. Samuel Mutiti

“Heavy Metal Pollution in Kabwe and Phytoremediation of Lead Contamination in Soils,” Megan Corely, environmental science major

[Mentor: Dr. Samuel Mutiti, Biological and Environmental Sciences Department]

The goal of this project is to investigate the capacity of various plants and vegetables to remove lead from heavily contaminated soils. This project will study plants as an alternative method for reducing lead concentrations soils in Kabwe, Zambia. The study will investigate the extent and changes over time of lead contamination in Kabwe using previous records. It also investigates the effectiveness of various plants and vegetables to remove lead from contaminated soils under laboratory conditions. Indian mustard (Brassica juncea), lawn grass, water melon and Sunflower plants will be grown in the laboratory and lead concentrations will be analyzed at UGA’s Analytical Lab. Results from this study have the potential for use in the development of combinations of better management practices (BMPs) for the reclamation of lead contaminated soil and reducing toxic exposures in Kabwe. Findings from this study will be communicated to local and national policy makers in Zambia.









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