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July 5, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Kristin Long of Denver City, Texas, has been named a Rockwell Fund BRITE Scholar at Southern Methodist University.

The Rockwell Fund BRITE Scholarship program was established in 1999 by the Houston-based Rockwell Fund to support undergraduate students participating in the Biomedical Researchers in Training Experience (BRITE) program sponsored by SMU and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

The BRITE program gives high-quality students exposure to the foundations of biomedical research and develops their commitment to careers in the field. Under the program, graduating high school seniors who meet established criteria are admitted jointly into the undergraduate program in SMU's Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and, contingent on meeting performance standards during their undergraduate program, into the Ph.D. program at UT Southwestern's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. While at SMU, the students are provided with summer research opportunities at UT Southwestern as well as at SMU.

Long is the daughter of Sue and Jim Long of Denver City. She will be a junior at SMU this fall, majoring in chemistry and biological sciences. She is working this summer in the laboratory of Steven Vik, a professor of biological sciences at SMU. Her research focuses on analyzing some mutant forms of the enzyme that makes ATP, a chemical produced in a cell's mitochondria that provides energy.

Long is one of six SMU undergraduate students who will be participating in the BRITE program during the 2001-2002 academic year. For more information on the program, call 214-768-3533.