Micro Inspires Albrecht’s Art

NDSU Microbiology
by NDSU Microbiology

Samantha Albrecht will graduate in spring 2016 with a major in microbiology and a minor in art. She plans to pursue a career in optometry, but will also continue to use science to inspire her art...pieces like those she has shared here, her final project in ART 122: Two-Dimensional Design, four designs that represent VMS, our mission, our science, and our dedication to teaching microbiology and immunology. Each design was originally submitted on 11x17 sheets of Bristol board; below are jpgs of those pieces along with Samantha's discussions of each.

Logo/App Design

The Petri dish is an iconic figure in microbiology. Any microbiology lab no matter what the scientist is studying will use Petri dishes to grow bacteria. The dish is typically filled with an agar that provides nutrients for the bacteria as they grow and multiply, so scientists can learn more about the bacteria. The Petri dish easily signifies microbiology and threads all the research fields together. The blue and green patches represent colonies growing on the petri plate, while the yellow is the nutrient agar. It is a simple logo that would be easily recognizable.


At the Department, we have two main goals: (1) exploring novel research and (2) sharing with students our fascination and knowledge of dynamic disciplines in microbiology, including bacteriology, epidemiology, fungal biology, immunology, molecular biology, parasitology, and virology. We work to achieve excellence in these areas by creating a student-centered environment that values diversity and encourages discovery, ingenuity, integrity, and collegiality.

In this design, I wanted to show the various research fields that are covered in microbiology as well as their importance as a whole and how that is central to VMS students at NDSU. By using different color intensity and arranging the hexagons in a centric way that it looks like they are all coming together to make up a larger whole.

Research 1

In order to form a biofilm, bacteria must communicate with each other. To demonstrate this bacterial quality I went back to one of the most basic elements in design, the line. How can I convey communication through individual lines? Communication typically radiates from a central point, and in the case of bacteria there will be many central communication points. This design illustrates radiating communication between bacteria.

Research 2

There are many different fields of research being explored at NDSU, all with one common stem, to use their research to improve health. For this design I replicated my chance, processes project. I used India ink and an air compressor to move the ink around on the paper to create a tree-like figure. This design begins with one central focus in which everything branches off, representing the many areas of research and how they can cross over and the organic nature of unfolding new discoveries in research.

These are amazing, Samantha! So beautiful and insightful. Thank you for sharing them with us!