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Bio Students Receive Awards for Summer Research Program

Program provides pipeline to post grad studies, pre med

Bio students receive awards for summer research program graphic.Great Basin College students Maggie Benally and Krystianna Kellum recently completed the National Institute of Health’s BioPrep Summer Research Program at Truckee Meadows Community College and the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

Benally and Kellum, who are studying biological sciences at GBC, were accepted into the National Institute of Health sponsored research program earlier this spring.

Students who participated in the BioPrep Summer Research Program presented their findings at TMCC earlier this month.

Benally's research project was entitled: "Virginia City Soil: Bacteriophage Isolation” and Kellum's project was entitled "Bacteriophase Capture, Isolation, and Purification from the Geiger Grade Outlook."

For their work, Benally’s research team was awarded with “Best Poster Presentation” and Kellum received the "Best Student Researcher” award.

The NIH program is made possible through a sub grant from Nevada IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE). Nevada INBRE works to promote the development, coordination program designed to assist traditionally underfunded states build academic biomedical infrastructure.

In addition, Nevada INBRE also collaborates with other Nevada System of Higher Education institutions to promote biomedical research knowledge and educational opportunities across the state of Nevada via biomedical science pipeline programs.

For more information about the biological sciences program at GBC, contact David Freistroffer at or visit

(In the photo: Krystianna Kellum and Maggie Benally of Great Basin College with NV INBRE PI/Director, Josh Baker)

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