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!