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Icing Her Classes 

International Studies graduate graduate Liz Kane creates her own minor to focus on artic studies after study abroad experience.  As an international studies major, Kane took advantage of the UI's partnership with Washington State University to study Russian, but it was during her yearlong study abroad experience at the University of Lapland in Finland where she started to look at artic studies and began making excellent connections in a relatively small field.  Read more about Liz's interests here. 

International Student Ebenezer Jones-Mensah Grabs First Place at the Technical Research Exhibition Competition

Ebenezer Jones-Mensah received first place in the oral section at the Technical Research Exhibition Competition. The competition was held at the 40th annual Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) in Nashville, Tennessee.  The exhibition is designed to showcase NSBE members' skills in technical writing, theoretical research, and oral presentation. Also, in February this year, Ebenezer Jones-Mensah was also selected as NSBE Board of Corporate Affiliates Scholar with a scholarship worth of $3000 for showing great achievement in the academic arena and dedicated service to the NSBE and University of Idaho community. Congrats on all the hard work, Ebenezer!

4 International Students Claim First Place in the Innovation Showcase Awards

Results are in from the University of Idaho Innovation Showcase: Research, Scholarship and Vision, an event to highlight the research and creative successes of graduate and undergraduate students in all disciplines at the University of Idaho. This student competition offers the opportunity to present research and artistic and creative activity projects through poster displays and detailed presentations.  Four of the winners are international students and their projects can be seen here.

The Graduate & Professional Student Association note that 70% of newly elected officers are international students.

The Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) supports and promotes graduate student education, campus sustainability, and graduate student life at the University of Idaho.

Learn more about the GPSA here.

University of Idaho International Student, Stacey Barr, named WAC Player of the Year 

Idaho guard Stacey Barr is the Western Athletic Conference player of the year, which is voted by fellow coaches from the WAC.  Barr, a 5-foot-8 guard from Melbourne, Austrailia ,was fourth in the league in scoring at 19.7 a game, sixth in rebounding (8.6) and 10th in assists (2.94 pg). She posted double-doubles in half of her WAC games and had nine games in WAC play with 20 or more points. Barr was a three-time WAC player of the week this season.

Read the full story here.

Ghanaian MFA Sculptor "Can" Do Art

While the U.S. was ringing in the 2011 new year, people in Ghana were observing custom and remembering blessings of the previous year. In between the two countries, Master of Fine Arts student in art and design, Ghanian Martin Nyarko was flying across the Atlantic to begin his studies at the University of Idaho.

Just as he straddled two cultures that night, he has been building a bridge to connect them through his art over the last two years. Along the way, he has won awards and garnered attention.

Read the full story here.

Coming Together Through Sport

University of Idaho student Jill Flockhart’s final year of school is not all fun and games, but to youth refugees in Uganda, it may seem like it is. As an international studies student, Flockhart attended the 2013 Borah Symposium “Sport for Development and Peace.” It was there she learned about the Soccer Without Borders program, an organization that provides positive changes through soccer and educational development for youths around the world.

“I thought it would be a great opportunity to gain more experience in this field of work,” says Flockhart.

Read the full story here.

UI Researchers Teach and Collaborate in Haiti

Louise-Marie Dandurand, director of UI’s Pale Cyst Nematode Project, and Guy Knudsen, professor, spent three weeks last month in Jérémie and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as part of UI’s Haiti Initiative. At the Université de la Nouvelle Grand’Anse, Dandurand taught an intensive laboratory and field course on ‘Santé Végétale’ (plant pathology, nematology), developed a distance-mentoring program with five teams of agronomy students, and visited with community farming groups.

Knudsen taught the course “Microbiologie en Santé et l’Agriculture’, and both researchers worked with Haitian agronomists and government representatives towards development of collaborative research efforts.

Read the full story here.

A life of opportunity

From one side of the world to Moscow, Ruben Tsarukyan has seen and done much in his 18 years of life.
Currently a junior at the University of Idaho, Tsarukyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia, in 1995. Only two years later, his family would migrate to the United States and set up residence in Los Angeles.

“It was just after the collapse of the Soviet Union and there was a war that went on in Armenia. Just, the conditions weren’t so good,” Tsarukyan said. “The United States being the land of opportunity, my parents filed for a green card and we got it.”

Continue reading the full article here.

Tushar Jain’s Bead Fermentation Method

A native of India, Tushar Jain set his sights on the University of Idaho for his doctoral degree in engineering.  “UI has a very good reputation in bio-fuel research,” he said.  Now four years later, he’s invented a breakthrough, proprietary fermentation process with potential to save ethanol producers and breweries significant amounts of time and money.  To make a go of it, he knew he needed a business plan.

Read Tushar's full story here.

Staben Ready to Lead Idaho

Building his career block by block, Chuck Staben has found his capstone as the recently named 18th president of the University of Idaho.

“I love what the University of Idaho has to offer, and I am extremely excited to serve the students, faculty, and staff and see where we can go together,” says Staben. “I love the mountains; I love the West; I feel like this is home.”

Read the full article here.

Chuck Staben Named President of the University of Idaho

(Moscow). The Idaho State Board of Education voted today to appoint Dr. Chuck Staben as President of the University of Idaho.

Dr. Staben, current Provost at the University of South Dakota, accepted the Board’s offer to serve as the University’s new president after a unanimous vote of the Board in a meeting held via teleconference from the University of Idaho campus in Moscow.

Read the full announcement here.

Langara Strikes Engineering Transfer Partnership with University of Idaho
Vancouver, BC – Langara is pleased to announce that it has struck a new articulation agreement with the University of Idaho (UI) that creates a new degree completion pathway for civil engineering students.

Through the agreement, students who complete their first year of engineering studies at the College and achieve a 2.8 GPA will be granted admission into UI’s excellent baccalaureate civil engineering program. The agreement also lays the groundwork for future collaboration between the institutions with a view to creating transfer pathways for Langara students into other engineering disciplines.

"I’m pleased that we are able to provide another quality pathway for our students to pursue engineering studies," said Dr. Brad O’Hara, Langara’s Vice-President Academic and Provost. "Idaho is traditionally a top 100 US public institution and their College of Engineering is highly regarded; most recently their capstone engineering course was recognized by the National Academy of Engineering as one of the best in America."

To learn more details about the partnership read here.

Honored undergraduate Tolu Adekunle Strives for Global Change
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

These words are what have inspired Tolu Adekunle, the 2013 Lindley Award winner, to strive for excellence during her past three years at Idaho. This mindset undoubtedly contributed to her academic success, as the young lady originally from Accra, Ghana graduates Summa Cum Laude this spring with a 4.0 GPA and B.S. in International Studies.

“I had never known a prodigy before I began working with Tolu, and certainly I did not expect a prodigy to be so humble and hard working,” said Bill Smith, Tolu’s advisor and Director of the Martin Institute. “I don’t generally recommend 20 credits – all of them academic as opposed to including PE, IDST, or other experiential classes – to any freshman, much less one newly arrived in the country.”

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Whitaker International Summer and Undergraduate Programs.
With support from the former Whitaker Foundation, IIE provides biomedical/bioengineering students (and those in a related field) funding  to pursue coursework, research, or an internship, in an international setting that is approved by their home university, which is relevant to biomedical engineering (BME).

To learn more about the Whitaker International Program please visit: and feel free to contact us with any questions.

The Spring 2014 Application is available here.
The Summer 2014 Application is available here.

University of Idaho Earns Recognition on the Shanghai Top 500 Universities List. 
The University of Idaho is one of 182 American Universities to earn a spot in Shanghai's Top 500 Universities list.  The Shanghai Rankings considers every university that has any Nobel Laureates, field medalists, highly cited researchers, or papers published in Nature or Science. 
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Connecting With Land and Heritage Goes High Tech for Tribal Youth. 
MOSCOW, Idaho – For three weeks this summer, 24 members of the Coeur d’Alene and Spokane tribes are connecting with their Native American heritage through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education at Back to the Earth camp (BTTE). July 29-Aug. 1, fourth through sixth grade tribal members will be at University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene for the final week of Back to the Earth Camp.
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UI Named Top 25 Best Education for the Money by Forbes Magazine.
The University of Idaho is among the top colleges in the nation according to Forbes magazine. The publication just released its annual list of “Best Value Colleges.” UI earned a spot at number 25. UI also ranked number 352 on Forbes’ overall list of “Top Colleges” across the country.
Learn why UI earns this ranking by reading the article here.
State of Birds 2013 Report Highlights Successes of Protecting Bird Habitat on Private Lands.
MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Gap Analysis Program – or UI-GAP – is going to the birds with a new report that shows the significant contribution that private landowners make to birds and habitat conservation.
UI-GAP joined federal and state wildlife agencies, along with scientific and conservation organizations, such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and The Nature Conservancy, to study the conservation value of private lands to birds in The State of the Birds 2013 Report on Private Lands (
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Fisheries Professor Hooks National Award for Research.
Michael Quist, a University of Idaho associate professor of fish and wildlife sciences, has won a national award recognizing his excellence in research.
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Cooperative Research Units program named Quist the winner of its Excellence in Science Award for fiscal year 2012. Quist is an assistant leader of the Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.
For the full article click here.

UI American Language and Culture Program Receives Accreditation.
MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho’s American Language and Culture Program, or ALCP, recently received a five-year accreditation by the Commission of English Language Program Accreditation. The Commission of English Language Program Accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the US and around the world.
A local student will represent generations of Manx scholars at the memorial service of a man who provided them with a home away from home when they arrived in the USA.

Duane LeTourneau died last week at the age of 86.
From 1984 and 2009, Duane and his wife, Phyllis, welcomed 42 Ella Olesen scholars into their home for the first few days of their year at the University of Idaho.
The full article can be read here.
Chettri infuses culture into a World Beat and bridges continents with music education and new opportunities with a graduate degree.

Already an accomplished musician when he arrived at the University of Idaho, Navin Chettri's Master of Music Performance degree will allow him to share his music and culture by building bridges back to Kathmandu, Nepal and notating a largely oral music tradition.
Read more about Chettri's musical experience at University of Idaho here.

Approximately 50 grants are available in the 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program to teach or conduct research in Brazil.
The U.S. Department of State's bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) are pleased to announce that 49 grants are available in the 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition for U.S. academics, professionals, and researchers to teach and or conduct research in Brazil.
Find out more information or apply here.

Former Idaho student earns a position as a National Representative for the American College of Sports Medicine, the world's largest sports medicine and science organization. 

Katie Taylor, former Ella Olesen Scholarship recipient and UI PhD candidate from Isle of Man, has been elected to the world’s biggest sports medicine and science organization as a ‘student voice’. Katie has been invited to join the American College of Sports Medicine as a national student representative.
“I am honored to be able to represent students within such a well-respected organization. I am proud to be the first person from the Isle of Man, maybe even the British Isles, to sit on the executive board, and to voice concerns of students in the Northwestern U.S.”

Katie has recently been to a regional ACSM conference in Oregon, where she was one of just eight of 250 attendees invited to speak. She was awarded the ‘outstanding doctorate research’ prize for her study on insulin resistance and its presentation. She’ll help to arrange the ACSM’s regional conference in 2014 and will be the main organizer of the highly competitive, student competition that takes place there. Katie will fit in her role around her studies in physiology, ethics, and statistics and teaching weight training, motor behavior, bio-mechanics, and health promotion to undergraduates. In all Katie's spare time, she also teaches Manx dancing. Congratulations Katie!

Fulbright Canada, a member of the prestigious worldwide Fulbright family, offers a wide range of residential exchange opportunities for American undergraduates, graduate students, and scholars.
Canada is an excellent option for students at both the undergraduate and graduate level.  Students are able to study at low cost at internationally accredited academic institutions that adhere to rigorous standards of scholarship and offer easily transferable course credits.  For scholars, Canada offers world-class research facilities and networks, along with unique opportunities to do comparative work and develop long term collaborations.  In addition, Canada’s universities are predominantly located in Canada’s vibrant, multicultural urban centres, offering a unique experience to students and scholars from around the world.

All Fulbright Canada grantees become part of a well-organized, highly integrated program.  In addition to the cash award, Fulbright Canada provides basic health insurance and a range of administrative services.  Additional benefits include a three-day orientation program in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, the opportunity to apply for mobility funding ($800) for in-country professional development, and the opportunity to apply for our Eco-Leadership Program ($2,000-$4,000) and Community Leadership Program (up to $8,000).  Finally, award recipients join the prestigious Fulbright family, representing a program that has celebrated academic excellence and achievement, as well as community service and leadership, for more than sixty years.

More information about the scholars program can be found here: scholar program. Scholars are also encouraged to look at the traditional awards, our Visiting Research Chairs, and our Specialists Program.

Please contact the University of Idaho’s Fulbright Adviser, Holly Greenfield, if you have questions or would like more information.
Students Preparing for May Commencements
Learn the details for students preparing to order regalia and commencement materials including announcements, photographs, diploma frames for the May Commencement ceremonies. MOSCOW STUDENTS:, OFF CAMPUS CENTERS: Deadline for online student regalia orders is April 7, 2013.
Avista and Water Resources Program Announce Annual Scholarship Winners
The University of Idaho Environmental Science and Water Resources Program is proud to announce the recipients of the 2013 Avista-Waters of the West Scholarship. Ricardo Sánchez-Murillo, a doctoral student working with Jan Boll and Erin Brooks of the biological and agricultural engineering department will be awarded $3,000.
The ISEP Fall 2013 and Academic Year 2013-2014 Priority Application Deadline is January 25, 2013. If you’re thinking of applying to an ISEP program, be sure to get your application in or contact a Study Abroad Advisor ( with questions.
Dig-ing Her Education at Home and Abroad
Whether it’s on the intramural court or in the classroom, Chantel Wilkes is a competitive force when it comes to her passions: international studies and volleyball. She’s in the first University of Idaho class to graduate with a minor in Asian studies, and she’s got a mean spike. After three and a half years studying international studies, including a semester abroad in Japan, the Rathdrum native is looking for her next step after graduation, hopefully on the international scene. Read more.

Damaris Castro Garcia, a visiting professor from Costa Rica, will be joining the Modern Languages and Cultures (MLC) Dept. as a part of a University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) faculty exchange program.  Damaris will teach advanced Spanish language courses and introduce UI students to Costa Rican culture and social traditions. Read more here.

Katherine Cleary of the University of Idaho has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Costa Rica in Environmental Studies the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. Read more here.

The USAC Faculty/Staff International Development Award (FIDA) application deadline has been extended to January 9, 2013. Be a student for a month on a summer USAC program and enhance your International IQ. Find information and the application for the FIDA program here or read about past recipients here.

USAC Visiting Professor application deadline for Summer 2014, Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 is January 18, 2013. Apply to teach a course or courses abroad on a USAC program for a summer, or semester. Possible sites include Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England (summer only), France, Germany, Ghana, India, Ireland (summer only), Italy, Spain and Thailand. Find more information and the application here!

UI International Programs has been awarded a Central America Youth Ambassador (CAYA) grant to engage teens and community leaders from Belize, El Salvador Nicaragua and Honduras in social entrepreneurship training, and provide opportunities for local high school students and teachers to engage in cross-cultural learning in Central America. Read more here.

On January 1st, Anthony Davis,  Director of UI’s Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research will travel to Haiti to collaborate with Sabine Deristin and Owens Telemaque on establishing seedling/native plant nurseries in Haiti.  Sabine and Owens recently graduated from a two year Scholarships in Educational and Economic Development (SEED) training program in environmental technology, leadership, and civic engagement. Read more here.

Congratulations Jency Sundararajan!
The wonderful article on you and your research on last month’s UI main web page is well deserved! That article is still available for reading. If you missed it, please visit here.

Boeing Hires 20 University of Idaho Student Interns
Read more here.

U-Idaho Students’ International Research Projects Win USAID Fellowships Honoring Humanitarian Norman Borlaug 
Read more here.

The National Academy of Engineering has recognized the University of Idaho College of Engineering’s capstone design program as one of the best in the nation.
Read more here.

UI College of Engineering Alumni Explore Space
Read more about the Mars Rover, Curiosity and the University of Idaho flag into space on board the Discovery Space Shuttle.

Quadruple major uses Cultural Language Scholarship to study in Azerbaijan
Read more here.

UI Alum Katie Pemberton honored with Idaho Teacher of the Year Award
Read more here.