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The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents recognized recipients of the 2019 Regent Scholar grants at its March 7 meeting in Madison.

The Regent Scholar program provides prestigious, one-time grants of $50,000 to individual faculty or campus programs that undertake undergraduate research projects having the potential to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and talent development. The program, which was introduced in 2014, is designed to stimulate faculty-student collaborative research.

From UW Oshkosh, Yijun Tang, associate professor of analytical chemistry, was awarded for his project Enzyme-Free Glucose Sensors Composed of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers and Nanosized Metal Particles.

  • Project description: Tang’s new glucose sensors have greater stability and effectiveness than the standard enzyme-based blood testing strips. They also last longer, are more accurate and more durable than current strips. Additionally, this product could be used to monitor glucose in other bodily fluids that would be too harsh for enzyme strips, or to test samples in food production.

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