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Hill Undergrad Research Fellowships

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Brian and Gayle Hill of Portland, Oregon, the University of Idaho College of Science is able to offer several fellowships each year.

The fellowships support undergraduate research for students working with faculty in the college. Each award has a scholarship component and a research grant component. Research projects will be conducted over a three-semester period.

Fellowship Awards

Each fellowship will include a research grant of approximately $1,500 and a $1,500 scholarship award. Fellowship recipients will have the Spring semester and the following academic year to complete their projects. Shorter time frames are possible upon approval.


Full-time undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to submit a grant proposal. Applicants must be performing or planning to perform research with a College of Science faculty member. See application for more details about eligibility.

Past Participants

See the winners and feature stories of our recipients of the Hill Fellowship

Read about our students

2022 Recipients


After a competitive application process, we're pleased to announce that the following students have been selected to receive these fellowships:

  • Clara Abplanalp, "Analysis of the Roslyn Formation and Comparison of Paleocene-Eocene Floras in the Pacific Northwest" (Renee Love, mentor)

  • Cameron Seth Bowen, "Identifying the Causes of Diabetes Gastrointestinal Neuropathy and Dysmotility Using a Mouse Model " (Onesmo Balemba, mentor)

  • Katherine (Rosie) Hill, “An investigation into the role of the Kre1 membrane receptor in killer toxin immunity” (Paul Rowley, mentor)

  • Felino Macatuno, “Predicting Thermal and Visual Comfort in the Built Environment” (Frank Gao and Linh Nguyen, mentor)

  • Molly Murphy, "Molecular Regulation of Dendrite Lamination in the Retina" (Pete Fuerst, mentor)

  • Keera Paull, "Evolving Bacteriophages to Infect Foulbrood" (JT Van Leuven, mentor)

  • Noah Rieth, “How-You-Drive variables are key to the accurate modeling of the risk of car accidents” (Frank Gao, mentor)

  • Zhenhao Zhong, "Characterization of novel dsRNA found in Euglena mutabilis" (Paul Rowley, mentor)

Congratulations to these students, and thank you to all who participate in the Hill Fellowship process. The fellowship applications this year were extremely impressive, and illustrate well the quality of research experience being gained by COS students all across our college.

Campus Locations

Physical Address:
Bruce M. Pitman Center
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4264
Moscow, ID 83844-4264

Phone: 208-885-6111

Fax: 208-885-9119