Student paper on sugar/cancer relationship earns 2014 Sager Scholarship

The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity has announced the selection of Holly Plamann as recipient of the 2014 Sager Scholarship for her paper titled “Can Added Sugar Intake Increase the Risk of Developing Pancreatic Cancer?” The Sager Scholarship recognizes excellence in science writing based on undergraduate student research. Plamann will receive a $1,000 award, available for spring semester, with formal recognition during the annual Cofrin Student Grant Symposium on March 4. This competitive award was created by emeriti faculty Paul and Thea Sager in memory of Chancellor Emeritus Edward Weidner. Plamann’s paper was written for an assignment in Medical Nutrition Therapy II taught by Professor Sara Schmitz. The assignment was designed to hone students’ skills in analyzing and critiquing recent peer-reviewed literature and to improve their ability to communicate their results to the community of nutrition professionals.

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Honorable mention — Recognized for honorable mention in this year’s Sager paper competition were students Jamie Lowis, Brittany Pyatt, and Ran Zhao. The interdisciplinary selection committee consisted of faculty members Michael Draney (Biology, Natural and Applied Sciences), James Marker (Biology and Human Biology), Amanda Nelson (Biology and Human Biology), and Le Zhu (Nutritional Science and Human Biology).

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