Katherine Rush participated in the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates at Mammoth Cave and the Green River Watershed through Western Kentucky University in summer 2010. There, Katherine worked on a project involving fluorescent dye tracing of the cave systems.
During the summer of 2011, Katherine worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Environmental Sciences Division. With Dr. Alex Johs and Dr. Steve Tomanicek, she was involved in a project concerning purification and structural determination of the MerR regulator of a mercury resistance gene found in bacteria. Katherine is participating in this project through the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships program.
Katherine spent her sophomore year volunteering at the Joy of Music School. During the winter, she traveled independently to Spain, Switzerland, and Austria. Katherine enjoys hiking in the Smokey Mountains during her free time.