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Hays native wins award at bioscience symposium


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Jennifer Pfannenstiel Klaus of Hays was one of 10 undergraduate and graduate students honored for their poster presentations at the 12th annual Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence symposium Jan. 18 and 19.

Klaus, a master's student in biology at Fort Hays State University and daughter of Randy and Debbie Pfannenstiel, was awarded $100 for her scientific research poster presentation, "Dispersal of antibiotic-resistant bacteria near central plains feedlots."

The annual symposium is part of the K-INBRE initiative to identify and recruit promising college science students into careers in biomedical research in Kansas. Led by the University of Kansas Medical Center, 10 campuses in Kansas and northern Oklahoma are a part of this collaborative network.

"This program is vital for the continued development and recruitment of biomedical researchers in Kansas," said Doug Wright, principal investigator for K-INBRE and professor of anatomy and cell biology at KU Medical Center. "With this program, we hope to keep the biosciences in Kansas growing and thriving."

Students worked in laboratories alongside scientist mentors to develop research projects. These projects give students early "hands-on" experience in putting the scientific method into practice. Their research findings were presented at the symposium.

"The symposium is a great opportunity for students to learn how to package and present their hard work and exceptional research to their peers and mentors," Wright said.

The annual K-INBRE Symposium brings together the network of students, faculty and staff from KU Medical Center, Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Haskell Indian Nations University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, University of Kansas, Washburn University, Wichita State University and Langston University in Langston, Okla.

"It is our sincere pleasure to once again sponsor the K-INBRE poster competition and provide industry judges to evaluate and provide feedback to these students and their impressive research," said Angela Kreps, president of BioKansas, who sponsored the awards. "As an industry organization dedicated to the biosciences, we are always looking for opportunities to foster and celebrate the next generation of bioscience leaders."