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ONU Student Honored by U.S. Department of Energy

Jan 15, 2009
Ohio Northern University student Michalena Grosshans, a senior biology major from Idaho Falls, Idaho, won third place at the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science 2008 Science and Energy Research Challenge.

Grosshans garnered third place for her bioforensic methods of detecting Brucella abortus, a bacterium that causes Brucellosis in wildlife and can be used as a biowarfare agent. The prize includes a $1,000 scholarship. She participated in the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

"Michalena typifies the smart, enthusiastic students that apply to the program," says Frank Roberto, her mentor at INL. "I am proud of her strong performance in the 2008 Science and Energy Research Challenge."

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) hosted the Science and Energy Research Challenge, and the final competition included students who studied materials in science, physics, environmental science, chemistry and biology. The students and faculty advisors attended seminars and toured the facilities at ORNL during the competition weekend.