When possible, our faculty members love to open their laboratory doors to young students who are interested in studying the sciences in college. Lasya Buddha is a sophomore at Little Rock Central High School. She has conducted research that focused on comparing the effects of individual and combined food additives on gut bacteria with mentorship from Dr. En Huang and Sun Hee. Her research has centered on testing different combinations of sodium nitrite, sodium erythorbate, and sodium ascorbate on E.coli and Lactobacillus. She has placed in regionals and won third place in the Arkansas State Science & Engineering Fair (ASEF) with her research. She hopes to continue her research to further understand the impacts of preservatives on the human body.