PULLMAN – WSU undergraduates Ian Thomson, Amanda Yates and Kristen Sukraw will all be working hard in the laboratory this summer, thanks to their microbiology fellowships.

“All three of these outstanding students successfully competed for fellowships at the national or international level,”said Philip Mixter, clinical assistant professor of microbiology.
“They are going to be working across the spectrum of microbiology on food, environment, and human health issues,” said clinical assistant professor of microbiology, Philip Mixter.”

Thomson will travel overseas to the National University of Ireland through the international UREKA program run by the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science. He will be working on new test methods for quick identification of infectious bacterial diseases in humans.

Yates will be heading off to work at the Undergraduate Research Experience site of the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, funded by the National Science Foundation. Yates was one of only eight students selected nation-wide for the 10-week program. Her work will focus on the environmental microbiology of the unique desert habitat there.

Sukraw was awarded the American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship, a highly competitive national program. She will be staying in Pullman working on illnesses caused by food-borne organisms in the laboratory of WSU professor Michael Konkel, who sponsored her application.