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Past Winners & Participants

Undergraduate Division outstanding posters:

  • Ubaldo Arana (Biology / Animal and Veterinary Science), Investigating recovery pathways in attenuated viral genomes.

Faculty mentor: Holly Wichman

  • Emily Kizer (Biology), Saccharomyces yeasts to combat fungal pathogens of humans.

Faculty mentor: Paul Rowley

Graduate Division outstanding posters:

  • Marie Janneke Schwaner (Biology), Muscle dynamics during vertical jumping by kangaroo rats (D. deserti).

Faculty mentor: Craig McGowan

  • Margot Vore (Geography), Locating and monitoring subglacial conduits through seismology.

Faculty mentor: Tim Bartholomaus

Sigma Xi Award:

  • Thomas Jeute (Geology), Characterizing Nanophase materials on Mars: spectroscopic studies of allophane and imogolite.

Faculty mentor: Leslie Baker

2015 Winners and Participants

Undergraduate Category

  • Catherine Brands (Biology),
    Effect of a High Fat Diet-Induced Microbial Community on Enteric Neurons.
    Faculty mentor: Onesmo Balemba
  • Alyssa Ertel (Chemistry and Chemical Engineering),
    How we Learned Organic Synthesis by Making Our Own New Molecules.
    Faculty mentor: Jakob Magolan

Graduate Category

  • Deepak Chand (Chemistry),
    Versatile Polyiodopyrazoles: Synthesis and Biocidal Promise.
    Faculty mentor: Jean’ne Shreeve
  • Megan Ruffley (Bioinformatics and Computational Biology),
    Effects of Sampling Effort on Estimates of the Mean of Range Size Distributions.
    Faculty mentors: Dave Tank and Jack Sullivan

Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society Award

  • Cody Parker (Geology),
    Quantifying Sediment Yield Variability for the Fernan Lake Watershed.
    Faculty mentor: Brian Yanites


Geology students investigate geothermal energy potential

Kirk Nuzum is researching geothermal potential on the east coast. Travis Kelsay is investigating geothermal potential in the Rio Grande Rift.

Read more about Kirk's and Travis' projects

Exploring Islands of Life at Craters of the Moon

Katie Peterson will be showing off her research into geographically isolated populations at the upcoming Student Research Expo.

Read about Katie and her research

Studying a Disease Across Disciplines

Math major Erin Johnson's project looks into possible evolutionary changes in the Ebola virus.

Read about Erin and her research

Physics graduate student examines tectonic forces on Titan

Casey Cook's research involve the large dark scars on the face of Saturn's moon Titan.

Read more about Casey's research

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


College of Science

Physical Address:
Mines 321

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3025
Moscow, ID 83844-3025

Phone: (208) 885-6195

Fax: 208-885-6904


Web: College of Science