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Columbia State students place first in scientific research at state academy

Columbia State Community College can now add another first-place accolade to its esteemed alumni, this time in the category of scientific research.

CSCC sophomore Ava Brittain recently placed first in the oral presentation microbiology category during the 130th Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science (TAS). Her project “How range specificity and genomic analysis of Actinobacteria phages” was presented virtually during the TAS annual event presented by East Tennessee State University.

Brittain, a Pulaski native, was joined by alumni Tessa Cote and Jenna St. Pierre, who worked alongside her during the spring 2020 semester as part of an Honors Biology Research course taught by Columbia State associate professor of biology Dr. Elvira Eivazova.

“It is incredibly rewarding to see students get excited about research and see them being successful in the process as well,” Eivazova said. “We are proud of our Columbia State students.”

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