Two students (pictured above) Vy and Khang, from Tran Dai Nghia High school for the gifted, Ho Chi Minh City, were awarded the bronze medal at the I-SWEEEP International science fair, Texas USA. The students undertook a project to investigate antimicrobial activity of extracts from bitter melon/squash plants. Their research demonstrated that the plant has some antimicrobial affect against Staphylococcus epidermidis. The students received some basic bacteriology and some practical skills in the Research Microbiology Unit of OUCRU. Then, under supervision at OUCRU, they also undertook the research experiments, discussed the results, wrote up the research and discussed possible avenues for further research.