Overachiever Undergrad Publishes Fourth Article
Thanks to BYU’s mentoring program, it’s become almost commonplace for undergraduates to be published in peer-reviewed journals. But for College of Engineering and Technology senior Anthony Bennett, becoming an author once just wasn’t enough.
Earlier this year the chemical engineering major scored his fourth publication. His latest work on “just-add-water therapeutics” appears in Biotechnology Journal, written under the direction of his mentor, Professor Brad Bundy.
“As a freshman I was in one of Dr. Bundy’s classes and he was looking for undergraduates to work in the lab,” Bennett says. “I got introduced into how to do research and how to do technical writing and went from there.”
Bundy says of Bennett: “Anthony is definitely a self-effacing man, more concerned about lifting others than himself. But I am impressed with his efforts and his ability to contribute to four different papers in his short tenure in our lab. It is a new record for us.”
Bennett’s first work with Bundy focused on eradicating foot-and-mouth disease and was published in the journal Vaccine. The subsequent three dealt with the production of protein without using living cells; this is known as cell-free protein synthesis. Mentored undergraduate research like these projects is a focus at BYU.