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Welcome to the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program
526 5th Street
Cheney, WA 99004
Acknowledgement to Mentor:
"I am grateful to Dr. O'Quinn for challenging me academically while providing caring mentorship over the past several years. She has been a knack for reeling me in and helping me maintain focus in my research endeavors. I feel fortunate to have a mentor who offers support, reassurance and insightful critiques. I am also thankful to Dr. O'Quinn for embracing my research project and posing questions that puzzled me, yet they always resulted in more satisfying work. Additionally, I would like to aknowledge both Dr. Joana Matos and Dr. Suzanne Schwab for all their mentorship and advice; I feel lucky to be surrounded by many faculty members who are approachable and passionate about helping their students succeed."
Michelle Keller is a biology major interested in plant pathology. She intends to pursue a PhD, and wishes to conduct research focused on the results of interactions of plant cultivars and their fungal and bacterial associates. Michelle hopes her future work will contribute to agricultural endeavors that seek to avoid the use of soil degrading chemical pesticides and petroleum-based fertilizers, by encouraging farming practices that allow plants to utilize resources available to them from their mycorrhizal and bacterial partners. Her goal is to promote plant health, which she believes will have positive ecological effects while producing higher quality food for human and animal consumption.
Currently, Michelle spends time working in Dr. Joanna Matos' lab, assisting with C. elegan research. During her spare time, she enjoys traveling, bicycling, hiking, camping, mushroom collecting, and huckleberry picking.
Dr. Robin O'Quinn, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, EWU
2012 TRiO McNair Research Internship