Summer 2008 Internships

There were 16 SBI interns during Summer 2008. You can read highlights about their experiences in the August 2008 SBI research feature. The 2008 interns and their project titles are listed below and linked to slides from their final presentations if available:

Dusty Berggren, Environmental Engineering
Anaerobic Transformations of Chlorinated Ethenes: Kinetics Study of Batch Systems
Mentor: Lewis Semprini, Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering

Alese Colehour, Macalester College
Methodologies and Preliminary Results of Soil Microbial Community Structure Under Different Agricultural management treatments
Mentor: Dave Myrold, Crop and Soil Science

Ed Davis, Microbiology
Identification of Antibiotics Responsible for Bacterial Inhibition by Pseudomonas fluorescens Pf-5 (paper)
Mentor: Joyce Loper, Botany and Plant Pathology

Photo of 
Kristin Egan.
Kristin Egan returned to intern in the environmental engineering laboratory after working there as a high school student in the Saturday Academy apprenticeship program.

Kristin Eagan, Brigham Young University
Inhibition of Nitrosomonas europaea by Aromatic Hydrocarbons: Linking the Inhibition on Nitrite Production to Cell Membrane Changes
Mentor: Lewis Semprini, Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering

Lucy Keenlyside, Chemical Engineering
Enzymatic Lignin Degradation
Mentor: Christine Kelly, Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering

Brett Levy, Chemical Engineering
Microbial Fuel Cells
Mentor: Hong Liu, Biological and Ecological Engineering

China Lim, Chemical Engineering
Cyanobacteria for Hydrogen Production
Mentor: Roger Ely, Biological and Ecological Engineering

Mei Lee Ling, Microbiology
sPsaE knockout mutant in T. elongatus
Mentor: Roger Ely, Biological and Ecological Engineering

Stacey Long, Bioengineering
Reporter Constructs Based on N. europea to Identify Nitrification Inhibitors in Wastewater
Mentor: Luis Sayavedra-Soto, Botany and Plant Pathology

Brian Maloney, Biological Engineering
Leaching of Bisphenol-A From Polycarbonate Containers
Mentor: Skip Rochefort, Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering

Marc Nabelek, Whitman College
Studies on the Development of a 'Smart' Tracer for the Assessment of Microbiological Activity and Sediment-Water Interaction in Natural Waters
In May 2009, Marc presented his work in a poster at the Geological Society of America meeting in Kelowna, BC.
Mentor: Roy Haggerty, Geosciences

Richard Oleksak, Chemical Engineering
Bacterial/Colloid Transport in Porous Media
Mentor: Brian Wood, Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering

Katelyn Powers, Microbiology
Effects of Sample Size on Microbial Community Diversity in Marine Sediments
Mentor: Rick Colwell, Oceanography

Amanda Schwartz
Microbial Communities in Methane Hydrates beneath the Permafrost in Alaska (poster)
Mentor: Rick Colwell, Oceanography

Brian Wakefield
Autotrophic vs. Heterotrophic Nitrification in Soils from the H.J. Andrews DIRT plots
Mentor: Dave Myrold, Crop and Soil Science

Priscilla Woolverton, Soil Science and Natural Resource Management
Study of a Hydrophobic Soil 
Mentors: Maria Dragila and Markus Kleber, Crop and Soil Science