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O.J. Smith Museum awards Student Research Grant

The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History has awarded its first Student Research Grant to Anna Chase.

Chase, who graduated from the C of I in May, received $500 for her proposed research project “Lower Boise River Mollusk Inventory.” Her field work is projected to take place in late summer 2016 to take advantage of lower river flows.

The Student Research Grant program was started in the Orma J. Smith Museum during the 2015-16 academic year. The fund was initiated by Dr. Julia Sankey, a C of I alumna, with contributions from current Museum board members and others interested in fostering student research involving the Museum's collections. The intent is to award a grant during each semester (including summer), as long as qualified applicants and projects are available. Successful applicants will be required to manage a budget for their project and present their findings to the Museum as well as to a scientific symposium.

C of I students interested in applying for a grant-funded project are encouraged to contact museum director Dr. Bill Clark at or 208-459-5507.

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