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Brett Frye
Name: Brett Frye '12
Residence: Saltville, Virginia
Occupation: Ph.D. student, Clemson University

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It's fair to say that Brett Frye ’12 has primates on the brain.

In late fall 2015, the Saltville, Virginia, native, who earned a M.S. in biology from Winthrop, received a prestigious research grant from the American Society of Primatologists (ASP). The grant will provide funding for Frye’s doctoral research at Clemson University, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in biological sciences.

Frye was one of only five students chosen to receive an ASP grant, which will fund the use of hormonal analyses for her study. Frye’s research, “Prenatal Androgen Exposure in Captive Female Callitrichine Primates: Immediate and Prolonged Effects of Morphology, Physiology, and Behavior,” focuses on the study of the reproductive biology and behavior of Tamarins.

Frye said that she was honored and surprised to receive an ASP grant – the first significant grant to fund her research.

“Receiving my first substantial grant from an organization that I hold in exceptionally high esteem is wonderful. It is an honor that I was able to capture their interest with my project.”

Frye earned B.S. degrees in chemistry and biology at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia. During her time at Winthrop, she was able to gain experience in a research setting as well as develop and design her own project.

“I was able to develop the skills I need to succeed in this field, and I developed profound relationships that continue to shape me as a scientist and a person,” said Frye.

Last Updated: 1/4/2016

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