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Biology Students Present Research to Legislators at State Capitol

Are household cleaners really as effective in killing bacteria as most claim in their advertising? Four Concordia undergraduate students discussed this question and presented their research results to state legislators recently at the Minnesota Private College's Scholars Day at the Capitol.

Concordia Biology majors Karissa George, Whitney Gillen, Christian Givot and Daanish Khan compared the effectiveness of household cleaners in preventing e.coli growth on surfaces by running a series of tests on a variety of cleaning products. The scholar’s findings were displayed on a poster in the State Capitol’s Rotunda.

Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Shellie Kieke, who accompanied the students to the Capitol, said the event provided students a valuable opportunity to hone their presentation and networking skills while also offering a venue to meet students from other local private colleges.

“It’s a great way for our science program to be more visible in the community.” Kieke said.

The event showcases the importance of research work being conducted by undergraduate students at Minnesota's Private Colleges. The event drew 39 students and their advisors from 14 private colleges throughout the state.

Concordia President Rev. Tom Ries and a large contingent of Concordia students at the Capitol for a different Minnesota Private College Council event made a stop in the Rotunda to show support for their classmates.

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