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Appalachian College Association to fund student research at University of the Cumberlands


Paul Pryor, left, and Jerrid Neeley, right, are pictured with Dr. Julie Tan, professor and chair of the Chemistry Department at University of the Cumberlands. Tan will serve as mentor to Pryor and Neeley in their summer research project, which has been funded by the Appalachian College Association.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — University of the Cumberlands has announced that two students, Jerrid Neeley, and Paul Pryor, both juniors pursuing double majors in chemistry and biology, have received grants from the Appalachian College Association in the amount of $2,500 each to fund their summer 2011 research project. Neeley and Pryor will study under the guidance of Dr. Julie Tan, professor and chair of the Chemistry Department.

The title of Neeley and Pryor’s project is “Microwave assisted depolymerization of polyethylene terephthalate—recycling post-consumer PET plastics.” The pair seeks to simplify and shorten the process of recycling plastic bottles, thus making the process “greener” by using fewer resources.

Neeley is a resident of Annville, Ky., and Pryor is a resident of Evarts, Ky. Both hope to pursue medical careers.