U-Idaho Students Present Research, Creative Work at Annual Innovation Showcase

Thursday, April 18 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – Wildland fire management, the forked fungus beetle, poverty alleviation and the role of the zombie apocalypse in disaster preparedness are just a few of the expansive topics University of Idaho students will discuss at an upcoming annual Innovation Showcase.

The event will feature 84 University of Idaho students and student teams presenting their research and creative activities to the University of Idaho community and the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the Student Union Building. Admission is free.

This year’s showcase is larger than ever before, said event chair Jerry McMurtry, associate dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

“The Innovation Showcase features everything from nuclear engineering to theater arts,” he said. “This is the only true campus-wide opportunity for students to present their work.”

Each student or team will have 20 minutes to showcase their work, whether through a traditional presentation, audio-visual display or a demonstration. A question-and-answer session with audience members will follow.

In addition to onsite events, this year’s showcase will feature video-linked presentations from students at U-Idaho campuses and research centers in Twin Falls, Idaho Falls and Aberdeen.

A panel of U-Idaho and Washington State University faculty and staff will judge the presentations, focusing on the students’ professionalism. The judges will award scholarships of up to $500 for individuals and groups in both undergraduate and graduate categories. The awards will recognize work within traditional disciplines as well as interdisciplinary projects and artistic/creative activities.

The College of Graduate Studies has sponsored the Innovation Showcase since 2008. McMurtry said the college hopes to continue expanding the showcase and increasing its profile as a statewide university event.

“It really is a unique opportunity to see the breadth of what we do here at the University of Idaho.”

A calendar of Innovation Showcase presentations is available at www.uidaho.edu/research/innovation-showcase.

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Media contact:  Tara Roberts, University Communications-Research, (208) 885-7725, troberts@uidaho.edu

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The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.