MSU chemistry grad presents research in Washington, D.C.
Braden "Brady" Burckhard was one of 60 students chosen nationally to travel to Capitol Hill April 24 as part of 2013 Posters on the Hill, and present his research to U.S. Congress members. The event, hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research, recognizes student achievements in undergraduate research.
The 2013 Minot State University graduate presented "Addressing the hazards of post-flood mold to public health." Burckhard began research his sophomore year with Mikhail Bobylev, associate chemistry professor. The goal was to design and synthesize compounds with antifungal or other medicinal properties for industry use. The 2011 Souris River Flood gave Burckhard additional opportunities. Mold is a hardy substance for fungicide research, and the flood left an abundance of mold. So Bobylev, Burckhard and another student painstakingly collected mold samples from different colonies in two flooded properties. They sent the samples to an outside lab for identification, and their research provided important information about potential health threats and methods of treatment to health professionals.
CUR selected Burckhardís research project from over 800 applications. Bobylev accompanied Burckhard to Washington, D.C., and they visited with North Dakotaís congressional delegation. Since 2008, three students of Bobylev have presented at Posters on the Hill.
"CUR is a professional society whose mission is to promote undergraduate participation in research. This means fostering interest and success in the endeavor among undergraduates, encouraging faculty to become mentors and supporting institutions as they establish and develop undergraduate research programs," Bobylev said. Burckhard completed a bachelorís degree in chemistry and biology at MSU. He is currently enrolled at the University of North Dakota Medical School, Grand Forks.