Three Baton Rouge Community College students have been accepted to participate in a prestigious research opportunity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The students will take part in a 10-week research project for the Biological Interactions Research Summer Program beginning May 31 through August 6. 

The three BRCC students selected are Hunter Ford, Lauren Hannah, and Billie Savoy. The students have been actively preparing for this summer experience by working in the lab throughout the semester. Additionally, this semester, they have been learning research techniques in microbiology under BRCC Associate Professor of Biology Mary Miller, Ed.D.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has one of the strongest biological research communities in the United States, and it offers graduate training programs in over 40 areas of biological research. Each year 12-20 students are accepted into the summer research program from a pool of about 350 applicants. 

The students will live close to the UW-Madison campus and perform full-time research this summer under the guidance of Jo Handelsman, Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Their research focus will be on a project called Tiny Earth. The purpose of the Tiny Earth project is to inspire and retain students in the sciences while addressing one of the most pressing global health challenges of the diminishing supply of effective antibiotics. Students will attend weekly professional development seminars in which participants will learn from each other’s experiences and contextualize their research projects within the overarching theme of predicting phenotype.

The students will also participate in community activities, develop scientific writing skills, and explore career and graduate school opportunities. Before the conclusion of the summer program, students will write research reports to summarize their findings and present their projects at a final symposium.

For additional details about the Biological Interactions Summer Research Program, click here. For additional information about BRCC, visit mybrcc.edu.

Billie Savoy
Billie Savoy
Hunter Ford
Hunter Ford
Lauren Hannah
Lauren Hannah