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Mark Nielsen,
Associate Dean

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Roxanna Hickey at 2009 Student Research Expo

10th Annual COS Student Research Expo

Friday, October 17, 2014 | 2:30 – 5:00 P.M.
Teaching and Learning Center (west side lounge)


The College of Science will host the Student Research Exposition on Friday, October 17, 2014. Participating undergraduate and graduate students display posters of their research projects and answer questions from the judging panel as well as the general public.

"We think this program showcases exactly what is great about studying Science at the University of Idaho", says Mark Nielsen, Associate Dean in the college. "Because we're not a huge school, students have more significant contact with our faculty here, and even undergraduates have opportunities to work with our faculty on groundbreaking research. But it's because we are a research university that there is groundbreaking to be experienced -- our faculty is truly world class."

2013 Winners and Participants


Undergraduate Category

  • First Place: Liz Brandon (Microbiology),
    The Relationship Between Respiratory Viruses and Host Defense Protein, BST-2.
    Faculty mentor: Tanya Miura
  • Second Place: Shannon Mecham, (Biochemistry), Characterization of a Photosynthetic Bacteria-Feeding Euglenid Protozoan.
    Faculty mentor: Doug Cole

Graduate Category

  • First Place: Shuai Li (Neuroscience)
    Developmental Shaping: a study of Down Syndrome Cell Adhesion Molecules in the mouse retina.
    Faculty mentor: Peter Fuerst
  • Second Place: Thao Vo (Chemistry)
    New Energetic Roles of Halogenated 1,1-Diamino-2,2-Dinitroethene (FOX-7) and Azo-bis(diahaloFOX) as Energetic Materials and Hypergolic Oxidizers.
    Faculty mentor: Jean’ne M. Shreeve

Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society Award

  • Brooke Anderson (Chemistry graduate student)
    Invader Nucleic Acids - High Affinity DNA Targeting using 2’-Amino DNA Analogs.
    Faculty mentor: Patrick Hrdlicka


Michael France
Exploring the World of Bacteria
Michael France, a doctoral student in the bioinformatics and computational biology graduate program, studies how bacterial populations’ growth rates and spatial structuring affect their evolutionary trajectories. One of his ongoing projects is comparing slow- and fast-growing bacteria to see how their populations change. His work so far indicates that slower populations show signs of having greater diversity.
» Read about Michael France and his research
Shannon MacKenzie
Investigating a Distant World
Shannon MacKenzie’s research subject is far from her lab – in fact, it’s more than 1 billion kilometers away. She works in the lab of Jason Barnes, an associate professor of physics, and is part of a team of UI student and faculty researchers studying Titan. “I come into work every day and get to look at these lakes and seas that are on the surface of another planet,” MacKenzie says.
» Read more about Shannon MacKenzie and her work on Titan
Leslie Nickerson
Positive Reaction
Leslie Nickerson’s experiment was supposed to last two weeks. More than a year later, she’s still working on it. Magolan, an assistant professor of chemistry, had speculated the reduction might work, but didn’t realize it would work incredibly well. “It’s really exciting to me to be able to do something in a way no one’s ever done before,” says Nickerson
» Read more about Leslie Nickerson's work in the lab

See winners and feature stories of our participants from our past Expos More