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SURF's Up!

CONWAY, Ark. (November 28, 2012) - Five Hendrix students recently received Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) grants from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Student recipients include:

  • Maiya   Block '14 (biology professor Dr. Maureen McClung, advisor)
  • Macrina Butler '14 (biology professor Dr. Jenn Dearolf, advisor)
  • Dalton Hoose '14 (biology professor Ann Willyard, advisor)             
  • Meet Modi '14 (biology professor Dr. Andrea Duina, advisor)
  • Jessalyn Tackett '15 (biology professor Dr. Andrea Duina, advisor)

Hendrix students were awarded $13,750 of the $150,000 (9.2 percent) available, according to Hendrix biology professor Dr. George Harper.

"Even more impressive to me is that (by my calculations) Hendrix biology and biochemistry and molecular biology students were awarded 21.6 percent of the funds that went to biology proposals," Harper added.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country's "Up and Coming" liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit