Three Berry College students have been named 2017 Kirbo Scholars which brings thousands of dollars for their research projects.


Kirbo Scholars awards up to $1,250 to support projects related to academic research or growth experiences such as study abroad, internships or artistic endeavors. The scholars are Mary Shoup, of Tifton, Ga., Jennifer Wayman, of Tampa, Fla., and Hannah Stanley of Chatsworth, Ga.


Shoup is researching a method that could help stop Chagas disease, which affects eight million people worldwide with a mortality rate of about 20,000 a year. Wayman is studying the expected increase of male to female embryos when fertilized through In Virto Fertilization. The goal of the project is to present the information to the goat production industry. Stanley’s project will focus on evaluating the prevalence of tick-borne pathogens found in ticks removed from domestic animals.


All three scholars will present their findings at the annual Berry College Student Symposium.