As the new interim dean, I welcome you to the College of Science. If you are an alum or friend of the college, you are in good company. We have a legacy of producing leaders in academia, business and industry.
If you are a high school student thinking about a major, consider this: a degree in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) earns you 26% more than a non-STEM degree, and STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17%. If you are thinking about where to get a STEM degree, consider this, the College of Science at the University of Idaho offers world-class opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in research. Because we are right-sized you will get to know your professors and have an opportunity to work alongside them. Because we are also a research intensive university you will get a world class experience, working at the cutting edge of science.
If you are considering graduate studies in a science field, we hope you’ll look into our distinct interdisciplinary options and nationally ranked programs. For example, we have an interdisciplinary group of biologists, mathematicians, and statisticians conducting state of the art genomics research. We have chemists, physicists and biologists developing nanowires as sensors for explosives and as new approaches for drug delivery. We have geographers studying the potential effects of climate variability on regional water supplies. We have geologists investigating an array of geologic hazards such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.
For the latest in what is happening in the college, check out the College of Science on Facebook. Finally, I hope you will be able to visit our campus. I look forward to meeting you.
Paul Joyce Ph.D.