Vandals in Focus 2019
Choosing a career isn’t easy. Many Vandals — in fact two-thirds of our undergraduates — test out potential careers while still in school by participating in out-of-class research, scholarly work and creative activities. In Vandals in Focus 2019, undergraduate writers and photographers showcase the varieties of projects University of Idaho students have undertaken. Meet our writers, photographers and cover artists.
"Why would you pick a career without taking it out for a spin? Whether a student wants to go into the hard sciences or the creative arts, we encourage all University of Idaho students to get real-world experience in their fields of study."
— David Pfeiffer, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. Read David's Full Letter.
2019 VIF Stories
Returning to Childhood Refugee Camp for Research
College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences undergraduate conducts interviews at Ugandan refugee camp to learn about refugee resettlementRead the Story
Changing Mosquito Diets to Prevent Spread of Malaria
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences student attempts to decrease the ability of malaria-carrying mosquitoes to lay eggs with plant hormoneRead the Story
Determining Trends in Cattle Feeding Efficiency
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences undergraduate studies the genes of cattle that grow quickly on different dietsRead the Story
Evaluating the Cost of Wind Energy in Texas
College of Engineering undergraduate evaluates onshore and offshore wind energy in TexasRead the Story
Dissecting Snowshoe Hare Camouflage
College of Natural Resources undergraduate breaks down pictures of snowshoe hares to see how the animals will adapt to climate changeRead the Story
Exploring Planetary Formation Using Kepler Data
College of Science student studies planets from faraway solar systems to understand their formationRead the Story
Finding Ways to Improve Company Processes
College of Business and Economics students assess efficiency of tech company’s operations in business classRead the Story
Determining the Impact of Land Use on Frog Diversity
College of Natural Resources undergraduate helped catch frogs in Ecuador to determine how land use influences frog diversity and population sizeRead the Story