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Student Research Expo

The College of Science will host the 11th Annual Student Research Exposition on Friday, November 13, 2015.

Participating undergraduate and graduate students will display posters of their research projects and answer questions from the judging panel as well as the general public. All are invited to drop by the west-side lounge areas of the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) that day from 2:30 to 5:00 to view the displays.

How to Participate in the Expo

The application period is in early fall of each year. See information below about eligibility, poster evaluation and prizes.


Undergraduate Category

Any undergraduate with a declared major in the College of Science is eligible, regardless of the affiliation of the faculty member supervising the research. Also, undergraduates from majors outside the College of Science who work on research projects with College of Science faculty are encouraged to participate. See application for more details.

Graduate Category

Any University of Idaho graduate student participating in research supervised by a College of Science faculty member is eligible. See application for more details.

Poster Evaluation

Participants will be judged on the methodology and results of the research (40%), the design and layout of the poster (30%), and the clarity of a short presentation given to judges as they tour the displayed posters (30%).


  • Two Outstanding Graduate Student Research Awards of $100 each
  • Two Outstanding Undergraduate Student Research Awards of $100 each
  • Sigma Xi Research Society Award

"We think this program showcases exactly what is great about studying science at the University of Idaho," says Mark Nielsen, associate dean in the college. "Because we're not a huge school, students have more significant contact with our faculty here, and even undergraduates have opportunities to work with our faculty on groundbreaking research. But it's because we are a research university that there is groundbreaking to be experienced -- our faculty is truly world class."

2014 Winners and Participants

Undergraduate Division

  • Carlos Galicia (Molecular Biology),
    The Spotted Gar Retina: a Baseline for Understanding the Influence of Genome Duplication of the Visual System.
    Faculty mentor: Peter Fuerst
  • Katie McTighe (Microbiology),
    Multidrug-Resistant Plasmid Evolution in Naïve Proteobacterial Hosts.
    Faculty mentor: Eva Top

Graduate Division

  • Genevieve Metzger (Bioinformatics and Computational Biology),
    Improved persistence of drug resistance in Acinetobacter baumannii biofilms through plasmid-host specialization.
    Faculty mentor: Eva Top
  • Alexander Peterson (Geography),
    Projected bioclimatic changes in false springs across the United States.
    Faculty mentor: John Abatzoglou

Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society Award

  • Rajani Dhingra (Physics),
    Hydrocarbon Lake on Saturn’s Satellite Titan: Geomorphological and Hydrological assessment of Ontario Lacus.
    Faculty mentor: Jason Barnes


Building an Education

Microbiology major gets valuable hands-on experience in virology lab

Read about Justin and his research >

A Good Research Atmosphere

Climatology grad student studies future soil erosion with an eye on helping farmers

Read about Paige and her research >

Past Participants

See winners and feature stories of our participants from our past Expos

Read about our students >


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