Crystal Richards

Ph.D. candidate in Microbiology

Crystal Richards’ research is focused on water and biofilms as an exposure pathway to pathogenic bacteria, including Helicobacter pylori, on the Crow Indian Reservation. This research will provide useful data to the Crow Reservation about drinking water quality, and increase understanding of H. pylori physiology in drinking water. She used her fellowship to attend an international conference, and to purchase supplies and books to support her research.


Travis Harris

Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry & Biochemistry

Travis Harris’ research is focused on understanding the intimate details of biological nitrogen fixation, which could lead to improved agricultural fertilizers that are more sustainable and less destructive to the environment. Mr. Harris used his fellowship to collaborate with researchers in Utah, to attend the International Conference on Biological Inorganic Chemistry in Japan, and to purchase computer hardware allowing him to perform work while away from campus.