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Louisburg College Scholar-Athlete Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

February 15, 2017

Nehemiah Harris, a Louisburg College sophomore from Holly Springs, has been awarded a summer fellowship to Purdue University, one of 10 to receive the institution’s National Science Foundation-Research Experiences for Undergrads grant.

Harris, who earned a 4.0 last fall while playing football for the undefeated 2016 Hurricanes, accepted the fellowship, which will pay all of his expenses. Harris will do research with Purdue faculty in Molecular and Biochemical Analysis of Proteins from May 22 to July 28, according to the letter from Purdue Professor James Forney, director of the Summer REU Program.

Dr. Bob Bruck, Louisburg College’s assistant dean for STEM programs and professor of Environmental Science, said the award is “universally recognized as a significant mark of achievement.” Typically, he said, between 1 percent and 2 percent of applicants are invited to a NSF-REU program, and most continue their studies at highly selective universities.

The program at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, “provides advanced training in the manipulation and analysis of proteins for undergraduate students,” according to its website. “It facilitates deep understanding of experimental laboratory research, insights into protein biochemistry and contemplation of the broader context of research. A wide range of student research projects mentored by faculty in the Department of Biochemistry is available.”

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