Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2017

Degree Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Molecular Biology

First Advisor

Rachel Watson

Abstract

As a student of the Microbiology Senior Capstone class last semester, we learned how to propose, preform, and present a scientific research study to address a real problem within the Laramie community. My group partnered with the Albany County Downtown Clinic (DTC) and investigated how to make kombucha, a probiotic drink, while also supplementing the kombucha with additional bacteria. Passionate about the research study, I am continuing research with the Downtown Clinic and kombucha. However, instead of manipulating the components of kombucha, I have turned to investigating how Change Theory can apply to structuring a future class on how to make kombucha for the clients and family members of the Downtown Clinic. As a society, we constantly preform research, but how do our results efficiently reach our desired audience? Change Theory is a technique which: 1) identifies long term goals and 2) maps backward to structure preconditions. The purpose of the study is to administer a survey to the clients of the DTC in order to understand these preconditions. After the surveys are completed, Change Theory will be applied to analyze the survey data, which will allow for conclusions about how to structure a kombucha class. Probiotics are a poorly understood concept for many people, and I believe administering this survey to the clients of the DTC will bring us one step closer to teaching people about the benefits of probiotics and how to make an affordable and easy to make probiotic drink by structuring a kombucha class in the future.

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