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MNU Student Conducts Intriguing Research on E. coli-Eating Bacteria

MidAmerica Nazarene University biology major Steffani Burks is conducting innovative research under the direction of biology professor Dr. Rion Taylor. The senior from Marshfield, Mo. is studying the effect of different wavelengths (or colors) of light on a certain bacteria. The goal is to gain new understanding and eventually publish the findings for the scientific community and the public.

While all science majors at MNU take a course in research, Burks is part of a small, exclusive group of students who take their studies a step further. Working an average of 15 to 20 hours per week in the lab, the undergraduate biology research experience requires an investment of time and energy that Taylor says is uncommon.

"It requires a certain caliber of student," Taylor says. "They have to be dedicated. But we think this is a great way to show them what will be expected once they are in graduate school."

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