C of I set for 10th Student Research Conference

The College of Idaho will celebrate undergraduate research, scholarship and creative work during its tenth annual Student Research Conference, which will start at noon on Saturday, April 25, in the Langroise Recital Hall on the  C of I campus in Caldwell.

This year’s conference will feature more than 50 student scholarly and creative presentations representing all academic disciplines.

“It’s the only event on campus where you can go see a musical performance, a poetry reading, and then visit a student to learn about the role of polyphenols in sage grouse dietary preferences,” said C of I biology professor Dr. Sara Heggland.

Heggland was one of conference’s founders. Ten years ago, a group of students and faculty wanted to have an event that brought together all of the exciting research happening on the C of I campus. But there were a lot of unknowns for the event—they didn’t know how many presentations would be submitted and they didn’t know if the conference would last.

A decade later, the Student Research Conference is still going strong, with an average of 50 presentations every year submitted by more than 100 student authors and co-authors.

The keynote speaker at this year’s conference will be returning alumnus Travis Guy ’06. Guy presented at the inaugural conference and will speak to C of I students about his life after graduation, which includes 10 years of researching around the world in places such as Australia and Antarctica. Guy currently is researching African wildlife, supported by a prestigious, three-year National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship he received last spring.

After Guy presents “From Coyote to Gator: A Circuitous Journey from Undergraduate to Graduate School” at noon, students will present oral papers in Boone 103 and 101 from 1-3 p.m. The senior art exhibition will run from 3:20-4:20 p.m. in the Rosenthal Gallery of Art and the student poster and display session will run from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Langroise Foyer.

Some of the SRC highlights include: Samuel Bauer’s presentation on 3D printing in chemistry; a statistical analysis of classical music by Miranda Tan, Frank Gigray, and Lauren Polito; a presentation by Ali Dang Ngoc on modern Vietnam through the lens of visual art; and many more.

For more information about the SRC and a complete schedule of the day’s events, visit View videos from past SRC presentations by clicking here.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. The C of I has a legacy of academic excellence, a winning athletics tradition and a history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. For more information, visit