BETHANY, W.Va. – Students in a Bethany College microbiology course had the chance to show off their creative side ahead of holiday break.

Agar BisonAbout a dozen students in Dr. Karen Kormuth’s microbiology lab created agar art using a lab form of E. coli on agar plates. Also called germ art, agar is a living art form that uses bacteria as a medium.

The students created images such as winter scenes, insects, a mountain scene, and flowers.

Students selected Lena Grogan’s bison as the winning piece and MacKenzie Jurosko’s snowman as the runner-up.

Click here for photos from the class.


Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.