Senior wins Kentucky Academy of Science award

By Heidi Heater, a sophomore from Jackson, Ky.

WILMORE, KY—Asbury College senior Brittany Hale, originally of Las Vegas, Nev., won first place in the Kentucky Academy of Science research competition in the microbiology division. The competition was held at Morehead State University Nov. 9-11.

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The projects are judged based on the experiment’s quality, results, importance and the presenter’s ability to answer questions.

Hale’s project used an ozone generator to determine the best method of achieving sterilization of a culture of E. coli. She worked alongside Dr. Frank Wilbur, professor of biology, and Dr. Bruce Branan, associate professor of chemistry, to complete this project.

Both professors were very impressed with Hale’s work. Branan said, “I thoroughly enjoyed working alongside Brittany for this project. She has always been a hard worker, even back during her sophomore year in organic chemistry. She displayed care and attention to detail in her work, and these really showed when she presented.”

Hale feels this experience will help her get into graduate school and give her an idea of the way research works. She said, “If I ever conduct my own research, then I’d have a little bit of background to rely on.”

All science students at Asbury College are required to complete a significant, independent research project and present their work in a public forum. Professors feel that this gives their students a “leg up on the competition” when they enter graduate programs.

Hale is a biology major and chemistry minor. She has been the recipient of the J. Paul Ray medical mission’s scholarship for two years. She plans to attend medical school after graduation this spring.

Hale is the daughter of Kevin and Carolyn Hale.

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