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22 Students Win Undergraduate Research Grants

December 22, 2016

The UI Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) has awarded Undergraduate Research Grants to 22 students from across six colleges. Each grant will support a faculty-mentored student research project during spring semester 2017. The student projects are diverse and range from studies of Galapagos snails to hydrogen fuel cells to nutritional intervention for nurses.

The OUR's grant program funds undergraduate research projects during the spring and fall semesters as well as during the summer. For more information, visit www.uidaho.edu/research/students/undergraduate-research.

The spring 2017 recipients are:

  • Rachel Larrick, family and consumer sciences, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, $210 for "Down with down." Mentor: Lori Wahl.

  • Miranda Anspach, family and consumer sciences, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, $1,000 for "Caring for those who care for everone: Nutrition intervention for nurses and nursing assistants." Mentor: Katie Brown.

  • Cheyanne Myers, animal and veterinary sciences, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, $1,000 for "The nutritive value of alfalfa varieties grown at two different elevations in Idaho." Mentor: Gwinyai Chibisa.

  • Olivia Zurcher, agricultural and extension education, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, $975 for "Stakeholder perspectives of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in agricultural education." Mentor: Kasee Smith

  • Eric Cliff, biological sciences, College of Science, $975 for "Cellular determinants of neuron wiring." Mentor: Peter Fuerst.

  • Harrison Anthony, biological sciences, College of Science, $1,000 for "The effects of climate change on food web and predator-prey dynamics." Mentor: Barrie Robison.

  • Anna Oetting, biological sciences, College of Science, $1,000 for "Rocky taxonomy and mountainsnail evolution: The Strigosa species cluster." Mentor: Christine Parent.

  • Garren Riggers, biological sciences, College of Science, $1,000 for "SNP's, snails, and mountain trails." Mentor: Christine Parent.

  • Tyler Souza, biological sciences, College of Science, $1,000 for "The speciation and organization of Oreohelix mountain snails of the lower Salmon River: The Hayden species cluster." Mentor: Christine Parent.

  • Nicole Carter, biological sciences, College of Science, $1,000 for "Quantifying the effect of invasive rodents on Galapagos endemic land snails." Mentor: Christine Parent.

  • Meifan Zhang, biological sciences, College of Science, $975 for "Effects of coinfection on viral growth dynamics in Drosophila flies." Mentor: Christine Parent.

  • Nova Tebbe, biological sciences, College of Science, $1,000 for "Natural variation in XRN1 and its role in determining antiviral specificity." Mentor: Paul Rowley.

  • Mitchell Leitzke, chemistry, College of Science, $1,000 for "Synthesis of chromone and flavone derivatives for drug discovery." Mentor: Kristopher Waynant.

  • Ian Ehrsam, chemical and materials engineering, College of Engineering, $1,000 for "Role of silica admixtures in concrete permeability." Mentor: Batric Pesic.

  • Lillian Malloy, chemical and materials engineering, College of Engineering, $1,000 for "Synthesizing polyhedral ionic borohydride clusters to be nano-building blocks." Mentor: Mark Roll.

  • Emily Kliewer, chemical and materials engineering, College of Engineering, $1,000 for "Hydrogen fuel cell analysis." Mentor: Mark Roll.

  • Sheila Briggs, material science engineering, College of Engineering, $1,000 for "Theorectical study of hetero-interfacial structures for photovoltaic application." Mentor: Samrat Choudhury.

  • Madaline Houdek, material science engineering, College of Engineering, $1,000 for "Computational study of solute segregation at the metal/oxide interface." Mentor; Samrat Choudhury.

  • Sean Instasi, material science engineering, College of Engineering, $1,000 for "Pressure resistance welding of molybdenum: Evaluation of microstructure and hardness." Mentor: Indrajit Charit.

  • Jordan Becker, psychology and communication studies, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, $1,000 for "The effects of group lessons in the Alexander technique on neck pain in office workers: A cohort study." Mentor: Rajal Cohen.

  • Cody Magee, art and design, College of Art and Architecture, $1,000 for "Painting and the environment." Mentor: Nishiki Sugawara-Beda.

  • Teresa Million, curriculum and instruction, College of Education, $675 for "Books bridging borders: Children's books about immigrants." Mentor: Janine Darragh.


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