Research Apprenticeship Program Student Spotlight: Elisabeth King

Name: Elisabeth King
Major: Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Joe Magner
Graduation Year: 2020

What project are you currently involved in?
The project involves using molasses as a carbon source for bacteria that reduce nitrate in contaminated water. Water will be run through pipes filled with a porous plastic called brotex and some with the brotex coated with molasses.

Why are you interested in this project?
High nitrate and phosphorous levels are being found in streams and lakes all over. I am interested in trying to find the best way to reduce those levels and help make water healthier.

What do you hope to accomplish with this project?
I hope to see if molasses is an effective source of carbon and how it compares to other sources with removing nitrate from the water.

What are your plans after graduation?
I don't have exact plans after graduation, just that I want to help solve problems with the environment in mind.

Why did you decide to participate in the RAP program?
It is a great opportunity to get hands on experience and apply the classroom to real problems. I want to start developing my researching skills now when I have wonderful faculty to support me.