Brandi is an undergraduate senior Biology student that has been working in Dr. Jon Awaya‘s lab for the past year. She attended the Biomedical Sciences and Health Disparities Symposium on April 17 at UH Mānoa and received 1st prize in the Undergraduate Student Division. Her research is titled, “Characterization of a Novel Microbe in Iotrochota protea via Secondary Metabolite Production and Antimicrobial Activity”. Brandi will be graduating this Spring and attending Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate program this Fall. Chris Yakym, a TCBES graduate student, received 1st prize in the MS category at the annual American Society of Microbiology Hawaiʻi Chapter symposium on April 25th on Oʻahu. His research is titled, “Microbial Diversity Associated with Two Hawaiian Drosophila, D. sproati and D. ochracea,and their Host Plants,Cheirodendrontrigynum and Freycinetia arborea“.