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.
Four fellowships are available. Each fellowship will include a research grant of approximately $1,500 and a $950 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.
Through the generosity of Dr. Brian and Gayle Hill, the College of Science is able to award Hill Undergraduate Research Fellowships to eight students this year. After a competitive application process, we're pleased to announce that the following students have been selected to receive these fellowships:
- Kate Brooks, for the project “ Determining probable cause of death and chance of bone disease in a Jeffersonian Mammoth specimen from southeast Idaho” (Dr. Renee Love, mentor)
- Abigail Childress, for the project “Functional testing of Stat3 role in neural development and plasticity” (Dr. Peter Fuerst, mentor)
- Jeremy Ellis, for the project “The Development of protocols for the injection of yeasts into Galleria mellonella to study fungal virulence and animal immunity” (Dr. Paul Rowley, mentor)
- Tanner Hahn, for the project “ Synthesis of carbon-linked glycopeptides and incorporation into a salivary protein (Mucin 7) polypeptide subunit as glycosylation-based antigens” (Dr. Kris Waynant, mentor)
- McKenna Hull, for the project “To fuse or not to fuse: how mutations in the F protein effect fusion phenotype of respiratory syncytial virus” (Dr. Tanya Miura, mentor)
- Jordan Pentzer, for the project “Using scaled laboratory experiments to quantify dynamics of the Earth’s deep mantle” (Dr. Eric Mittlestaedt, mentor)
- Nicole Recla, for the project “Investigating natural selection from visual predators on Galápagos endemic land snails” (Dr. Christine Parent, mentor)
- Zoe Wilson, for the project “Phage engineering to understand virus host range” (Dr. JT Van Leuven, Dr. Holly Wichman, and Dr. Craig Miller, mentors)
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.