Posted: November 11, 2019

Kovac lab was well represented at this year's Allegheny Branch American Society for Microbiology meeting that took place at the Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA.

Research presentation at meetings is one of the important opportunities in students' academic and professional development.

"Presenting at the ABASM Meeting was a very empowering experience, as it allowed me to better communicate my research to others and also allowed me to engage in meaningful discussions about my research with my peers. This was also a great networking opportunity with professionals in my field of interest and gave me perspective on future career outlooks in microbiology.", said Gabby Pinto, a senior Food Science student.

The meeting was a nice break also for Gyasu Bayracharya, an undergraduate student at Gettysburg College who spent Summer 2019 in the Kovac lab through a USDA NIFA-funded REEU project Bugs in my Food: "I had so much fun presenting at the conference. It was so nice to be back with all of the people from the summer, especially all of the friends I made in our lab. I realized how much I have missed being around their positivity and their sense of humor. I am grateful to have such supportive group of friends. You really do have a smart group of students in your lab who have wonderful personalities."

Other students presenting at the meeting were Runan Yan, Barry Feng, and our former summer REEU scholars Aimee Koestler, and Adrian Padin Lopez. Congratulations for excellent presentations and see you at the next year's AB ASM meeting!