Elizabeth Falkner, a current Shawnee Mission East graduate, has received the 2020 Kansas BioGENEius Problem and not too long ago represented Kansas in a world science competitors.
Falkner developed a brand new protocol to make use of in biofilm after a 12 months of analysis on the College of Kansas Orthopedic Analysis Heart. She despatched her analysis paper and poster to a number of competitions, together with the BioGENEius problem, which acknowledges biology-related science initiatives that may be was remedy, therapy or product.
“I’m so grateful to simply have these alternatives to share my analysis, however really being the Kansas consultant has been an unbelievable expertise,” Falkner mentioned. “I’m representing everybody that has come earlier than me within the state of Kansas, and I’m a part of everybody that may come after me in [Kansas].”
After profitable the Kansas BioGENEius Problem Falkner competed in a world competitors, which shifted to a five-day digital occasion as a consequence of COVID-19.
As a pupil within the Shawnee Mission Faculty District’s biotechnology signature program, Falkner was in a position to spend half of her faculty day on the The Orthopedic Analysis Heart on the College of Kansas Medical Heart previous to the pandemic. She mentioned Kenneth Lee, director and coordinator of this system, boosted her motivation to win and helped enhance her analysis, and herself, she mentioned.
“He simply pushes me each single day, not solely to be a greater researcher and science pupil, however to be a greater individual,” Falkner mentioned.
Lee not too long ago accomplished his first 12 months as director of this system, taking up for this system’s creator Brenda Bott.
Falkner’s accomplishments come on account of her onerous work, Lee mentioned. After turning into one of many winners ultimately 12 months’s Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, she fully redid her analysis in a brand new facility. Now, she will see the fruits of her labor, he mentioned.
“It’s all about pleasure for me,” Lee mentioned. “The youngsters are like household, so when one good factor occurs to one in all them, we’re all excited for them.”
The worldwide problem winner can be introduced on June 10, the ultimate day of the digital biology conference Falkner would have attended and offered at in individual, previous to COVID-19.