Rebecca Adams, a pre-nursing student at NCK Tech – Hays Campus, recently presented a research project at the K-INBRE (Kansas Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) Symposium in Wichita.  According to Keri Maricle, Microbiology Instructor (NCK-Tech), Rebecca presented the results of her independent research project that she conducted in microbiology class this past semester.  “Rebecca set up an experiment to determine which types of household cleaners were best at sterilizing surfaces,” stated Maricle.

“Through the experiment process, Adams swabbed vending machine buttons before and after using five different household cleaners to determine what microbes were present before and after sterilizing the area,” said Maricle.  The results of Adams’ experiment showed vinegar as the least effective with nearly no microbes killed. Lysol and disinfecting wipes proved to be the most effective.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it opened my eyes to the types of medical research going on in Kansas,” said Adams. Not only was she able to present her research project but also attend several biomedical talks. Adams plans to continue her education at NCK Tech and pursue a career in nursing.

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