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10th annual Rebecca Jeanne Andrew Memorial Awards fund off-campus research

Melanie Beuerlein, Alysha Kocher, Lauren Sarringhaus and Ginger Stanley are the recipients of the 10th annual Rebecca Jeanne Andrew Memorial Awards. Each will receive $1,000.

All four undergraduates will undertake off-campus research projects in primatology this summer.

Beuerlein is a senior majoring in anthropology and psychology. She will study the behavior of wild gibbons in Thailand, doing experimental playback of recorded calls of these lesser apes in the Khao Yai National Park.

Kocher is a junior anthropology major. She will make non-invasive observations of a colony of chimpanzees in the Primate Foundation of Arizona in order to study laterality of hand function in captive chimpanzees.

Sarringhaus, a graduate major in anthropology and zoology, and Stanley, a junior zoology major, will study the adaptation of chimpanzees to retirement in a sanctuary in Louisiana. Ex-laboratory apes will be observed at Chimp Haven, a nonprofit organization, as they are released from cages to reside in a 6-acre enclosure of forest.

The awards were established by the family and friends of Rebecca Andrew, who died Nov. 18, 1995, in the French Alps while attending Miami's Luxembourg campus. The awards are presented every year around her birthday, April 14. More than $25,000 has been presented to Miami undergraduates for primatology research since the award's inception in 1996.

Previous award winners have done research in Costa Rica, England, Kenya, Madagascar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Senegal, Thailand and Trinidad, as well as in the United States.

Date Published: 05/05/2005
Volume: 24   Number: 35


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