FHSU students present research at Society of Microbiology conference

Four Fort Hays State University students recently attended the 2015 joint meeting of the Missouri Valley and Missouri Branches of the American Society for Microbiology held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Whitney Mulder, Logan junior majoring in nursing, Jennafer Ball, Hays junior majoring in general science, Oaklee Abernathy, Inman junior majoring in biology, and Kaitlin Moore, Concordia graduate student in biology, all attended the conference.

Mulder presented a poster titled "Bioprospecting for Antimicrobial Producing Organisms in Soil." She earned second place in the undergraduate or high school poster presentation category. Ball also presented a poster concerning the same project at the Biomedical Research Excellence Symposium in January and received an honorable mention.

"Our students worked hard on this project, and I am very proud of their accomplishments," said Joanna Fay, instructor of biological sciences.

The microbiology conference also featured lectures by two American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturers and several prominent local microbiology researchers and presentations by students from the region.

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