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C of I to celebrate student research and scholarship

From the impact of land management practices on biodiversity to the unveiling of a strategy game for Android smartphones, the wide-ranging scholarly and creative work of College of Idaho students will be on display during the 8th annual Student Research Conference on Saturday, April 27.

The conference will feature more than 50 student presentations from 12:30 to 6 p.m. in Langroise Center and Boone Hall on the College’s campus in Caldwell. A detailed schedule is available at www.collegeofidaho.edu/student-research-conference

Sara Heggland, a professor of biology and member of the SRC committee, said the event is a celebration of the C of I’s distinctive liberal arts experience, which provides numerous opportunities for students to engage in undergraduate research and creative work.

“It’s incredible to see everything that students are working on across our campus,” Heggland said. “We have poetry readings, scientific poster presentations, documentary films and musical performances, and they are all mixed together.”

During this year’s conference, research projects in astrophysics, biology, psychology, history and other fields will be presented, in additional to musical performances, art displays and screenings of wildlife documentaries created by biology students who participated in a field study course in Australia this January.

Since the College’s first Student Research Conference, the event has grown to include oral, poster or creative presentations involving approximately 70 students.

“Research and creative work are opportunities for students to really get engaged in their academic disciplines and dig deeper, to go way beyond the textbook,” Heggland said. “These are very significant learning experiences that often help shape our students’ futures.”

The event is open to the public, with opening remarks by C of I President Marv Henberg at 12:30 p.m. in Langroise Center followed by the premiere of “Stories of Australia 2013,” a series of five short documentaries exploring the natural history of some of Australia’s unique fauna and flora, including the lace monitor lizard, rainbow serpent, Lamington spiny crayfish and satin bowerbird.

Oral research presentations will begin at 1:15 p.m. in Boone Hall, followed by two musical performances at 3:40 p.m. and poster research presentations at 4:15 p.m., both in Langroise Center. Attendees are invited to mingle with the student researchers and faculty advisors, and see first-hand the impact of undergraduate research and creative work at the C of I. Refreshments will be provided.

Presentations from previous Student Research Conferences are available on the C of I YouTube channel by viewing the “Student Research & Creative Work” playlist.

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 seven 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 www.collegeofidaho.edu.