Hartmann lab undergrad wins first place at the Virtual Undergraduate Research Expo

Hanna Bertucci, a junior in the Hartmann lab, was awarded first place in the Natural Sciences and Engineering category of the poster presentation session at the 2020 Undergraduate Research and Arts Exposition, hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research. Her poster described the work she has been doing with graduate student Alex McFarland and fellow undergrad Erica Littman to characterize triclosan tolerance mechanisms in a variety of species within the genus Pseudomonas. Due to COVID-19, the Expo was held virtually this year, with students recording their presentations and sharing their posters online.

Hanna presents her poster virtually

A screenshot of Hanna presenting her poster during the virtual expo.

Poster presentations were judged by faculty from throughout the university. Judges left Hanna glowing comments:

“Very easy to follow – I loved the arrow that moved as you talked. The color coding helped too.”

“Carried out very complicated experiment, shows great knowledge of subject matter.”

“You made this comprehensible to me! Thank you.”

“This project was admirably clearly presented and I felt that as a professor in the humanities I could follow it entirely. Neither the subject matter nor poster sessions themselves exist in my field.”

“The problem was introduced quite skillfully, and both the context and broader implications were well explained. I thought that the use of the pointer during the presentation was well-done, as it allowed the distant viewer to follow the logic of the presenter.”

Way to go Hanna!