2011 Recipients: Top Scholarships and Fellowships

2011 Goldwater Scholar

  • Erin Breland

    Erin has always been fascinated by research and was thrilled when she was given the opportunity to "experiment" in the Schweizer lab at the Infectious Disease Research Center. Starting in the fall 2008, she was given the opportunity to work under Dr. RoxAnn Karkhoff-Schweizer in a bacterial genetics lab with a focus on antibiotic resistance. One of her previous projects was published in the Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Excellence and dealt with determining minimum inhibitory concentrations for antibiotic susceptibility in Burkholderia species.

    Erin recieved an ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship for the summer 2010 and was able to determine the sequence of a temperature sensitive replicon in Burkholderia thailandensis and present a poster on the information in New Orleans at the 2011 ASM General Meeting. She am currently working on a cloning project in the attenuated strain of Burkholderia pseudomallei.

    Erin is also in the Honors Program and is President of the Microbiology Student Assocation. She will graduate in the spring of 2012 with plans to begin graduate school next fall. She intends to pursue a PhD in Microbiology or another Biomedical Science related field. Erin enjoys being a researcher and hopes to continue discovering novel things and ideas for a long time to come!

2011 Udall Scholars

  • Caitlin Powell

    Caitlin Powell, a junior year construction management major with a business administration minor from Minnetonka, Minn., plans to pursue a master's of design science in sustainable design. Powell participates in several sustainable and green building organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Fair, and is the president of the Emerging Green Builders of Northern Colorado.

    Powell competed on Colorado State's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) student competition team, taking second in the nation, and has passed the LEED professional exam - a feat for seasoned professionals.

    Powell also works with The National Center for Craftsmanship on "DeConstruct." The project involves dismantling and recycling three homes; it also trains people to become skilled craftsmen while minimizing the amount of waste in landfills.

  • Johanna Hamburger

    Johanna Hamburger, a political science and economics double major, Hamburger participates in activities to protect the environment. She conducts research in Colorado State's Restoration Ecology lab to find a shrub species that can tolerate high zinc concentrations for use in the restoration of mining sites. She also has worked as an intern with Forest Guardians to list the black-tailed prairie dog under the Endangered Species Act.

    Hamburger, a junior from Greenwood Village, Colo., is the founder of the Colorado State Mock Trial Team and co-editor of the Honors Program Literary Magazine. After graduation, she plans to pursue dual law and master's degrees in environmental studies and hopes to practice environmental law.