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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

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 2016 semester and the 2016-2017 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.


Check back in Fall 2016 for the next Hill Fellowship application period. Applications have closed for 2015 and winners will be announced soon.

2014 Recipients


The 2014 batch of fellowship winners (with projects beginning spring semester 2015) are as follows:

  • Alexandra Adams, Geology (Faculty mentor: Elizabeth Cassel)
    Isotopic fractionation of light elements — reconstructing past elevations and drainages in east Idaho and southwest Montana
  • Jonah Bartrand, Physics and Geology (Faculty mentor: Dave McIlroy)
    Formation of silver nanosprings on silica nanosprings
  • Catherine Brands, Biology (Faculty mentor: Onesmo Balemba)
    Effects of palmitic acid and methane gas on gastrointestinal motility
  • Paul Hanna, Chemistry (Faculty mentor: Kristopher Waynant)
    "Investigating the transition states of quinone intramolecular Diels–Alder reactions towards the asymmetric total synthesis of Elisabethin A

Featured Students

Read about a few of our 2014 recipients of the Hill Fellowship.

From Research to Teaching

Catherine Brands

Hill Fellowship winner Catherine Brands plans to translate her research experiences to Idaho’s classrooms

Read about Catherine's research >

In the Lab from Day 1

Jonah Bartrand

First-year student earns Hill Fellowship for work with microscopic nanosprings

Learn about Jonah's research >

Past Participants

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

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