Top-Notch Research Opportunities
“Our department has really top notch instrumentation, and there are no TAs – my professors all teach their own labs and know me by name. That’s something my friends who went to larger schools definitely can’t say.”
Class of 2018
“The campus visit won me over,” said Josh Baty. “Everyone seemed so interested in me and what my goals were. My visit was definitely about what the school could do for me and tailored to what I wanted.”
Clarinet Reeds and Bioremediation
Josh says research is his favorite part of his UE education. “Our department has really top notch instrumentation and there are no TAs—my professors all teach their own labs and know me by name. That’s something my friends who went to larger schools definitely can’t say.”
In the summer of 2016, Baty worked with associate professor of biology Mark Davis to find cleaning methods for clarinet reeds. They looked into the most effective way to kill off bacteria without compromising the integrity or quality of the reed.
“We found 42 different species of bacteria,” Baty recalled. “We used vinegar, lemon juice, and other simple cleaners and compared those with store bought, brand-name cleaners.”
Josh is also working to find out whether it is possible to remediate a major carbon tetrachloride leak using different types of bacteria. His findings could be life-changing for residents of a town suffering from the improper disposal of the chemical in a nearby landfill.
“Carbon tetrachloride is this giant, awful, nasty chemical leaking out of the disposal site. There’s currently no good method of biodegradation, but if we find bacteria capable of surviving, we may be able to find means of bioremediation.”
Finding His Fit
Since his campus visit, Baty has become involved in many activities on campus outside of the classroom. He’s a resident assistant, serves on the honors activity board, is part of the Honors Ace Mentors tutoring program, helps plan NERD Wards, and more.
“I’ve learned a lot, grown a lot, and changed a lot,” said Baty. “The small campus offers many leadership positions and most of the courses require you to do at least one presentation per semester. I’ve definitely come out of my shell at UE.”