On Saturday, April 14, 2012 Arizona Christian University students Jacob Storrer and Belinda Baker presented their research at the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science annual meeting in Glendale. The title of the presentation was “Quantification and Characterization of Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria from Groundwater from Mogollon Rim Arizona.”

“I enjoyed having the opportunity to work as a part of a team on the research,” said Jacob.  “Presenting our project was a great experience that allowed us to professionally interact with the researchers from across Arizona and Nevada.  We are pleased that our results will be published in an upcoming edition of the Academy’s Journal,” he added.

According to Dr. Perry Baker, sponsor of the project “This is an example of how undergraduate research at Arizona Christian University meets the needs of our students and creates interaction with the community.  Another purpose is to provide ACU with recognition for leadership in undergraduate education. The presentation was well received. Our students did an excellent job of defending their research to the conference attendees.”

The project was funded by an Undergraduate Grant-in-Aid received from the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science. Funds from this grant were used to purchase the materials required for the bacterial culture and testing. This research was conducted in the Science Research Laboratory at Arizona Christian University.

For more information about undergraduate research at ACU, or if you know of an undergraduate student who may be interested, contact Dr. Perry Baker at 602-386-4112.