Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Steve Riojas, Waxahachie, Texas, 785; 2. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 738; 3. R.J. Esqueda, Granada, Minn., 713; 4. Tyler Fiebelkorn, Creston, Iowa, 710; 5. Darwin “Bubba” Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 705; 6. Jaedon Erickson, Welcome, Minn., 696; 7. Bondy Cannon, Mineral Wells, Texas, 690; 8. Ted Trumbo, Saint Francis, Kan., 603; 9. Gilbert Aldape, Sioux City, Iowa, 582; 10. Dennis Cosens, Mentmore, N.M., 573; 11. Jack Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 549; 12. William Millard, Dolores, Colo., and Brianna Maughlin, Dighton, Kan., both 526; 14. Justin Dose, Biscay, Minn., 514; 15. Anthony Clark, Omaha, Neb., 502; 16. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 493; 17. Drake Bohlmeyer, Beatrice, Neb., 479; 18. Jim Klokke, Farmington, N.M., 478; 19. Krissy Carpenter, Aztec, N.M., 474; 20. Harold Clifton, Stephenville, Texas, 473. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., 709; 2. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., 544; 3. Stuart Snyder, Lincoln, Neb., 531; 4. Ryan Voss, Spirit Lake, Iowa, 526; 5. Garrett Bard, Wells Tannery, Pa., 518; 6. Kyler Johnson, Quinter, Kan., 511; 7. Trefer Waller, Oneill, Neb., 506; 8. Toby Chapman, Panama, Neb., 478; 9. John Walp, Wapwallopen, Pa., 438; 10. Adam Gullion, Lincoln, Neb., 402; 11. Larry McVay, Bordentown, N.J., 393; 12. Douglas Dodson, Middletown, Pa., 382; 13. J.D. Johnson, Maize, Kan., 374; 14. Ty Williams, Arcadia, Okla., 370; 15. Justin Clark, Hamersville, Ohio, 364; 16. Kyle Keen, Carlisle, Pa., 362; 17. Taylor Velasquez, Turpin, Okla., 359; 18. Johnny Scarborough, Bomoseen, Vt., 351; 19. Neil Nickolite, Bellwood, Neb., 349; 20. Jason Danley, Lincoln, Neb., 335. IMCA Modifieds – 1. Steven Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan., and Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., both 781; 3. Tom Berry, Newburg, N.D., 779; 4. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn., 775; 5. Jeff Larson (B1), Freeport, Ill., 774; 6. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 756; 7. Tony Leiker, Gillette, Wy., and Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., both 752; 9. Jesse Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn., 751; 10. Jim Thies, Mapleton, Iowa, 750; 11. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 740; 12. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa, 734; 13. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 732; 14. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 728; 15. Bart Taylor, Sheridan, Wy., 722; 16. Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif., 717; 17. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 711; 18. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 710; 19. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa, and Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., both 705. Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods – 1. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 795; 2. Doug Smith, Lake City, Iowa, and Matt Looft, Swea City, Iowa, both 786; 4. Brian Osantowski, Columbus, Neb., 780; 5. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 765; 6. Tyler Soppe, Dubuque, Iowa, 755; 7. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 737; 8. Gage Neal, Anamosa, Iowa, 732; 9. Clay Erickson, Glendale, Ariz., 726; 10. Jarett Franzen, Maquoketa, Iowa, 721; 11. Brian J. Carey, Aztec, N.M., 717; 12. Luke Stallbaumer, Tecumseh, Kan., 716; 13. Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 712; 14. Jayden Schmidt, Seymour, Wis., 703; 15. Camron Spangler, Dove Creek, Colo., and Rusty Montagne, North Sioux City, S.D., both 699; 17. Colby Fett, Algona, Iowa, 694; 18. Chance Huston, East Moline, Ill., 691; 19. Hunter Longnecker, Woodward, Iowa, 684; 20. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz., 683. Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, 794; 2. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 721; 3. Matthew Day, Farmersville, Texas, 700; 4. Dan Day, Farmersville, Texas, 637; 5. Jackson Harpole, Farmington, N.M., 599; 6. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 598; 7. Jeff Reynolds, Godley, Texas, 564; 8. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 562; 9. Jerrett Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 532; 10. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, and Tim Ihnen, Cortez, Colo., both 513; 12. Billy J. Gould, Kingwood, Texas, 511; 13. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 491; 14. Steve Blair, Cortez, Colo., 475; 15. Gary Fox, Fort Worth, Texas, 473; 16. G.W. Egbert IV, Belton, Texas, 463; 17. Brooklynne Kibel, Cortez, Colo., 459; 18. Jason Hubbert, Belton, Texas, 439; 19. Tate Butler, Yukon, Okla., 438; 20. Cullen Hill, Healdton, Okla., 430. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 782; 2. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 777; 3. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 771; 4. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Jason Duggins, Farmington, N.M., both 767; 6. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 763; 7. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 759; 8. Steve Bitting, Phoenix, Ariz., 757; 9. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 739; 10. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 738; 11. Jason Kohl, Missouri Valley, Iowa, 676; 12. Jason Fusselman, Avoca, Iowa, 675; 13. Malik Sampson, Worthington, Minn., 668; 14. Zach Olmstead, Overton, Neb., 658; 15. Solomon Bennett, Minburn, Iowa, 651; 16. Brady J. Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 647; 17. Brett Vanous, Quasqueton, Iowa, and Larry Rust, La Plata, N.M., both 630; 19. Blake Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 621; 20. Mike Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 620. IMCA Sunoco Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 769; 2. Logan Duffy, Independence, Iowa, 742; 3. Dalton Simonsen, Fairfax, Iowa, 630; 4. Mitch Manternach, Dyersville, Iowa, 561; 5. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 553; 6. Cory Dumpert, York, Neb., 543; 7. Colton Leal, Dubuque, Iowa, 531; 8. Eric Pollard, Peosta, Iowa, 515; 9. Jacob Waterman, Colona, Ill., 504; 10. Zachary Zentner, Cedar Rapids, Neb., 499; 11. Chase Osborne, Battle Creek, Neb., 498; 12. Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., 496; 13. Jim Johnson, Plainview, Neb., and Robert Osborne, Norfolk, Neb., both 490; 15. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 489; 16. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 466; 17. Alex Banks, Newman Grove, Neb., 426; 18. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, 419; 19. Jeff A. Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 409; 20. Joe Ross, Thomson, Ill., 404. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Michael Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 792; 2. Steffan Carey, Bloomfield, N.M., 783; 3. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 779; 4. Dallon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 767; 5. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 745; 6. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 738; 7. Devin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 733; 8. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 724; 9. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 718; 10. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 717; 11. Jeffrey Larson, Lakefield, Minn., 701; 12. Shelby Williams, Bonham, Texas, 700; 13. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 685; 14. Troy Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 677; 15. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 675; 16. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 669; 17. Darryl Campbell, Everman, Texas, 666; 18. Jake Masters, Graettinger, Iowa, 662; 19. Austin Brauner, Platte Center, Neb., 660; 20. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 655. Junior National Champion – 1. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Dallon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, both 767;3. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., 747; 4. Logan Duffy, Independence, Iowa, 742; 5. Jayden Schmidt, Seymour, Wis., 703; 6. Matthew Day, Farmersville, Texas, 700; 7. Jayden Larson, Mankato, Minn., and Justin Erickson, Glendale, Ariz., both 658; 9. Blake Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 621; 10. Mike Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 620; 11. Jake Pike, Pahrump, Nev., 618; 12. Dylan Thornton, Santa Maria, Calif., 611; 13. Cade Richards, Lincoln, Neb., 600; 14. Jackson Harpole, Farmington, N.M., 599; 15. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 598; 16. Dennis Cosens, Mentmore, N.M., 573; 17. Ashton Wilkey, Batesville, Ark., 555; 18. Jack Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 549; 19. Raymond Doyle, Chandler, Ariz., 547; 20. Blake Clark, Joshua, Texas, 546. Lady Eagle – 1. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 738; 2. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz., 683; 3. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 670; 4. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 669; 5. Shelby Frye, Casa Grande, Ariz., 668; 6. Kenzie Ritter, Keystone, Iowa, 530; 7. Brianna Maughlin, Dighton, Kan., 526; 8. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 513; 9. Krissy Carpenter, Aztec, N.M., 474; 10. Brooklynne Kibel, Cortez, Colo., 459; 11. Hannah Miller, Phoenix, Ariz., 423; 12. Chelsea Clark, Cortez, Colo., 422; 13. Jenna Hagemann, Fort Ripley, Minn., 411; 14. Allison Morris, Taylor, Texas, 407; 15. Torey Fischer, West Fargo, N.D., 400; 16. Stephanie Spangler, Dove Creek, Colo., 395; 17. Megan Hatley, Newark, Texas, 393; 18. Jill George, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 384; 19. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 364; 20. Amanda Carpenter, Aztec, N.M., and Hannah Chesmore, Rowley, Iowa, both 328.
“It was difficult at the start of the season for them but I think they are on the way back and that showed the performances of the team and they won the last four games. “It’s a nice challenge for us on Monday.” United can go third if they beat Southampton, who are a point ahead of them in the table, and then face Liverpool but Van Gaal disputed suggestions the match against their Merseyside rivals was more important. He also believes the Saints can still be in the Champions League places at the end of the season. Van Gaal said: “Southampton play better at this time and have more points at this moment than Liverpool so I think it’s good that we have to play Southampton now. “I think they have a good squad, a lot of players that I know and who were offered to us. I think they are able to come in the top four but that’s also because I believe in the management in Ronald Koeman and his brother [Erwin].” Van Gaal also responded angrily to reports that he will be handed £100million or more to bring in new players. He added: “I think it’s disgusting always writing about numbers. I don’t think that [United executive vice-chairman] Ed Woodward said anything about that, I don’t think I have said anything about that. “It is disrespectful to my players and I don’t like to talk about it. I have to work with the selection I have and I have respect for my selection and I believe in my players.” Wayne Rooney will be fit to face Southampton, Van Gaal confirmed. The United skipper had a scan on Thursday to examine a possible knee problem but has been given the all-clear. However record signing Angel di Maria will not be ready to return from his injury in time for the trip to the south coast. Van Gaal described Koeman as “a very good coach” but refused to talk about their relationship since the falling-out. The United manager told a news conference at the club’s Carrington training centre: “I don’t have to describe my relationship with the trainer of the opponent… that’s more private. “We play against Southampton and we have to speak about Southampton not speak about the coach.” Koeman took a similar line, saying: “The game is Southampton v Manchester Untied and the game needs that attention and not the attention about both managers because that’s private. “That was a working problem and I have to explain like that. “It’s not an issue because it is eight or nine years ago and now I prefer to talk about the game.” Asked about the relationship now, Koeman added: “Good. If we see each other we shake hands and that’s enough. “He’s a great coach. He needs time, he will get the time of the club. Koeman, now Southampton manager, worked under Van Gaal at Barcelona but the pair fell out when they were at Ajax in 2004, when Koeman was coach and Van Gaal the technical director. They shake hands on meeting now, according to Koeman, but Van Gaal referred to his former protege as “weak” in his autobiography and the closeness they once had never returned. Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will cross swords with fellow Dutchman and his former assistant Ronald Koeman on Monday – but both managers have declared their personal relationship to be “private”. Press Association
Finding the fundsThe university has taken steps recently in the hopes that more undergrads will learn what it’s like to be a real researcher.“The College has always had some funding for undergraduate research, but not an established program with dedicated funds,” said Lamy, who became vice dean for Academic Programs in 2008. “So, when Dean Gilman became the dean of the College and I became the vice dean for Academic Programs, we decided that was going to be one of our priorities.”The Student Opportunities for Academic Research and Summer Undergraduate Research Fund both provide research stipends — $1,000 for SOAR and $3,000 for SURF — for undergraduate research. When the programs were launched, Dornsife College gave away $50,000 in research funding. Now, the programs sponsor more than $100,000 worth of undergraduate research in a year.“Over four years we’ve given away $648,000,” Lamy said. “I don’t think there’s any other institution in the United States that can say that.”The College isn’t just providing funding for research — it is also providing structured programs for students who might be unsure of where tobegin.The Problems Without Passports program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to do problem-based inquiry research in foreign countries. The program is limited to undergraduate students — partly so they won’t be intimidated by competing for spots with more research-savvy graduate students — and can be paid for with SURF funding.“We wanted to create a vehicle for undergraduate students to get involved right away,” Lamy said.In past years, students have done everything from interviewing survivors of the killing fields in Cambodia to studying healing in Brazil. This year, undergraduates will have the opportunity to research global health in Oxford, England, the effect of climate and environmental change on the ancient Mayan civilization in Belize, and possibly the politics of indigenous language in Ireland. Whether it’s about learning as much possible as or having something substantial to put on a résumé, research is on the minds of many undergraduate students.Daily TrojanResearch opportunities are traditionally easy to find in the natural sciences and engineering, as research is an obvious step for students pursuing these fields.But lately there has been a push for more undergraduate research in other areas — particularly within the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences.“We’re trying to increase the number of people doing research in the humanities. It seems to be a lot easier for the kids in the social sciences and sciences,” said Steven Lamy, vice dean for Academic Programs for the Dornsife College.Gene Bickers, vice provost for undergraduate programs, said for students in science and engineering, research “is a critical part of their preparation.” Butundergraduate research can enhance the college experience of any student.“Whether you’re in the humanities or the sciences, working with an expert is one of the best ways to learn,” Bickers said. ‘We expect the numbers to grow’SOAR and SURF have increased funding opportunities for undergraduate research, but there are a number of other possibilities.Several departments, such as international relations, have their own funds to distribute for undergraduate research. Individual schools often have their own funds, too.There are also several university-wide funding sources.Last summer more than 70 students conducted research funded by the Rose Hills Foundation, which grants fellowships of $5,000 each, according to Bickers. More than 50 students received $3,000 stipends from the Provost’s Research Fellowship last summer, and an additional 100 students received $1,000 fellowships in the fall. An additional 150 students received funding from the Undergraduate Research Associates Program.“We expect the numbers to grow this coming year,” Bickers said.Typically, about 70 percent of research proposals are accepted, Bickers said; proposals are generally rejected because they lack detail.Still, the university is hoping to increase the percentage of proposals it can approve, and new sources of funding are always being sought. ‘It stimulates my brain’Jenna Katherine Ross, a junior majoring in history, is currently assisting professor Peter Mancall on his upcoming volume about colonial North America. Ross explained her role involves reading through anthropological articles and investigating Inuit folklore to try to capture the Inuit identity.“The best aspect of conducting the research is the way it stimulates my brain,” she said. “The professors rely on me to not only find, but interpret information, and they use what I collect in their professional work. Accordingly, I think really hard about everything that I’m doing, and I’ve found that I’ve learned so much — my ability to analyze historical information has increased, and I’m beginning to feel more like a real historian, and less like astudent.” Inquiring mindsThough these programs and fellowships have helped increase the number of undergraduates involved in research, Lamy said the College is still looking for ways to engage students in humanities research specifically.Finding a research project can be more difficult for students in the humanities, but Bickers encourages students to be curious and seek out opportunities.“One of the best ways to learn about humanities research is to visit with a faculty member during office hours and inquire — often,” he said.Andrew Jones, a senior majoring in history who is also assisting Mancall with his book, said being proactive is critical.“My perception is that there’s a grant out there for anyone who has the imagination and dedication to come up with a project,” Jones said. “In the history department, I’ve been lucky to have professors eager to introduce students to research opportunities. But ultimately students must take initiative, which is how it should be.”