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April 21, 2014

Cowley Instructor to represent Kansas graduate students at national conference


Part-time Cowley College instructor Timothy Eberl has been asked to represent Kansas graduate students at a national IDeA Biomedical conference in Washington D.C. He will present his research to a large group of colleagues, senators/house representatives, and members of academia from across the country.

The IDeA (Institutional Development Award) network is a national program dedicated to developing and funding research at the college level and focuses on assisting and fostering student interest in working within the cellular development and bio-medical fields.

Many states are funded through this program and Kansas has a branch known as K-INBRE (Kansas Idea Network in Biomedical Research Excellence). As both an undergraduate and graduate student, Eberl was fortunate enough to have been selected to be a part of the program and have his research funded for the past three and a half years.

Eberl’s field of research includes working in cellular development and molecular phylogenetics. He was selected as one of the representatives to attend the national meeting (held every two years) to present his research.

“I feel very lucky to have been involved in this program which has only served to give me direction during my college career,” Eberl said. “Being a part of this relationship has been a huge reason why I chose to become an educator in my own life, so I may pass on the knowledge and opportunities that were so graciously given to me. I hope students will foster their own interests in research and use my experiences in this program and in the laboratory, to spark something within themselves and make the quest for education greater for themselves.”