Location: Eunice & James L. West Library B36
Left to right: Michelle Phillips, Forrest Kneten, Cody Dorton, Colton Clanton, Charlotte Salin
It’s a rare opportunity to be an active part of scientific research, especially for undergraduates, but over the summer five science students had paid internships in the labs of three Texas Wesleyan professors, thanks to a grant by the Robert A. Welch Foundation.
Drug resistance is a growing problem in medicine — especially in new strains of tuberculosis that are impervious to our best antibiotics. That’s why Michelle Phillips, along with classmate Forrest Kneten, is delighted to work in assistant chemistry professor Terrence Neumann’s lab, targeting essential proteins in bacterium.
Helping create a new drug is an opportunity Phillips couldn’t pass up. She knows that real-world research is the best way to apply what she’s learning in class.
“That’s what really puts it all into perspective,” she says. “It doesn’t click until you actually get into a lab and do it.”
Phillips is still mulling over her future, but she knows it will involve chemistry and science. She landed an internship at a forensics lab in Arlington this fall, where testing ranges from fire debris to mold to toys.
The job will be a continuation of her learning experiences in Neumann’s lab.
“This has been exceptional,” she says. “So I figured working in a forensics lab would be a good way to get a lot of experience in many areas.”
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