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Iowa Lakes Graduate Participates in BioMap Research Experience at ISU

June 8, 2012

Iowa Lakes Community College graduate Winston Rosinger is one of approximately 15 students from across the United States currently participating in an elite research experience at Iowa State University.

The Biological Materials and Processes Research Experience for Undergraduates, or BioMaP REU, is a summer research experience hosted by the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State University for undergraduate students. Students selected to participate receive a stipend as well as a travel, food and housing allowance.

Rosinger, who graduated from Estherville Lincoln Central and also graduated with his Associate in Arts degree from Iowa Lakes this spring, completed the application process which included submitting a resume and three letters of recommendation at the suggestion of his dad.

“I was thinking about what I wanted to do after Iowa Lakes, and mentioned to my dad I was interested in Biological Engineering,” commented Rosinger. “He said he had just gotten an e-mail about the BioMaP REU and suggested I apply.” 

The program creates novel research experiences for undergrad students from around the country in the areas of biological materials and processes. Students are active members of interdisciplinary groups and interact with faculty, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students and industry. Students also participate in cohort experiences such as short courses, joint seminars/meetings, workshops, tours of research facilities and field trips.

“I selected to work on a research project for the production of biofuels from bio-oils,” said Rosinger. “Specifically, what I will be working on will be using E. coli to convert the oils into biofuels. Normally the bacteria would die in the process, but I will be trying to find a way to keep them alive.”  

A unique component of the program is a partnership with the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Instituto Tecnolgico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Monterrey, Mexico. As part of the international component some students participate in research projects at ITESM.

Prior to leaving for Ames, Rosinger spent time learning research and microbiology techniques from Brian Bristow, Iowa Lakes Associate Professor of Biology. 

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Winston Rosinger learns microbiology research techniques from Brian Bristow, Iowa Lakes Associate Professor of Biology
Winston Rosinger learns microbiology research techniques from Brian Bristow, Iowa Lakes Associate Professor of Biology

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