Dexter native conducts research in National Science Foundation program

Published 8:26 am Tuesday, August 15, 2017


ST. JOSEPH, Minn. — Introduced to the basics of scientific research in 4th grade when her teacher gave her a lightbulb, battery, wire and the simple instructions “Turn the lightbulb on,” Hannah Holst of Dexter learned early on that science was what she wanted to pursue in life.

Holst, a senior at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, was one of 10 outstanding college students from across the country who spent the summer of 2017 doing research as a part of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, according to a university news release.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, it is a 10-week program. Participants are paired with chemistry faculty mentors to gain laboratory research, technical writing and public speaking experience.

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Passionate about organic synthesis reactions and their application in the field of biology, Holst’s research was to help understand the mechanics of a toxin found in disease-causing E. coli bacteria.