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UW McNair Scholar Audrey Plenty Hoops Presents Research

October 29, 2009 — A University of Wyoming McNair scholar was selected to present her research during a conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Audrey Plenty Hoops of Crow Agency, Mont., a senior in plant sciences, discussed "Identification and Characterization of Escherichia coli in Natural Water Ways on the Crow Indian Reservation Using Molecular Methods" during the recent Heartland Research Conference.

Her work was directed by Anne Sylvester of the Department of Molecular Biology and John Willford of the departments of Microbiology and Molecular Biology.

The Heartland Research Conference offers undergraduates an opportunity to present their research in a formal academic setting, explore opportunities for graduate study and meet other scholars from around the country.

The McNair Scholars Program, funded through the United States Department of Education, helps prepare promising undergraduate students to pursue doctoral degrees. It targets first-generation college, limited-income, and ethnic minority students.

For more information, call the McNair Scholars program office at (307) 766-6189, TTY-(307) 766-3073,e-mail or visit the Web site at

University of Wyoming McNair Scholar Audrey Plenty Hoops presented her research at the recent Heartland Research Conference. 

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