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C of I hosts annual Student Research Conference

The College of Idaho will host its 7th annual Student Research Conference on Saturday, April 21 in the Langroise Center on the C of I campus in Caldwell. The conference, which runs from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., serves as an open house of student academic achievement, providing an opportunity for the campus and the community to view the accomplishments of students from a variety of disciplines in one place.

“Where else can you go to hear a poetry reading, a scientific poster, and a historical presentation all together?” said Sara Heggland, a professor of biology and member of the SRC committee. “This is the height of liberal arts. It showcases all the great things students can do outside of the classroom. It’s a celebration.”

The conference keynote speaker is Dr. Charles Buck, a C of I alumnus who will address the importance of undergraduate research. Buck will speak following opening remarks by C of I President Marv Henberg, and guests then will watch the documentary Tangerine Dreams: Boom and Bust in Northern Thailand, a short film created by political economy professor Dr. Robert Dayley and four students on a study abroad trip last year. The documentary represents a successful and eye-opening undergraduate student research experience.   

This year’s SRC includes projects in the natural sciences, social sciences, fine arts and more. Notable presentations include Kaitlyn Stewart’s “Cross-Cultural Comparison of Italian and American Cheese Making” project, which will take Stewart to Italy this summer, as well as a project on the effects of water contaminant exposure on redband trout in southwestern Idaho, a study on depression and cyber-bullying, and a look at biological impacts of stream restoration.

The public is invited to view the wide variety of creative and scholarly work, meet the student researchers and faculty advisors and see first-hand the results and impact of undergraduate research at the C of I. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit the official conference web page.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit