Student Perspective: Stephen Burleigh
"Now I feel more confident applying to graduate school and know that research is something I want to continue doing."
Antibiotic resistant bacterial pathogens are of international concern. The research being conducted in Dr. Eva Top’s lab will increase our understanding of how antibiotic resistance genes spread and persist in bacterial populations. This greater understanding will help the development of alternative therapies to combat pathogens. I chose to work in Dr. Top’s lab because of both the intrigue and the possible implications of the research.
Microbiology majors are required to take ‘Advanced lab Techniques (MMBB440).’ However, undergraduates may participate in research on campus in place of MMBB440. This is very beneficial to undergraduates curious about graduate school because it provides glimpses into what graduate school may be like.
I am glad to have been given the opportunity to participate in research. Now I feel more confident applying to graduate school and know that research is something I want to continue doing.
Stephen Burleigh (Senior, Microbiology major)
1st place, 2012 Undergraduate Research Symposium, Biological Sciences