C of I set for 11th Student Research Conference

Since the days of founding President William Judson Boone—who would put on science demonstrations before bright-eyed children in the rural schoolhouses of southwest Idaho—The College of Idaho has enjoyed a 125-year history of students exploring, engaging and examining the world around us.

On May 7, the College will celebrate undergraduate research with a day full of presentations, speakers, posters and more at the 11th annual C of I Student Research Conference.

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“The Student Research Conference is a great event to celebrate the phenomenal research done by our students across campus,” said Dr. Katie Devine, professor of physics. “From math and physics, to the social sciences and music, this year’s conference will feature more than 90 student presentations representing all academic disciplines.”

One of those presentations come from C of I senior McKayla Stevens, who will share her research on the evolutionary history of the plant genus Lomatium, a green parsley-looking plant native to the Pacific Northwest. Originally coming to the College as a pre-med student, Stevens was captivated and inspired by Dr. Don Mansfield’s botany class, which sparked a passion for conservation biology.

“I think the part of my current research that captivates me most is the opportunity to fully immerse myself in a new world,” Stevens said. “There is nothing quite like being out in the field, removed from reality, surrounded by plants that are all unique in their own right and are waiting to spill the secrets of natural history.”

Some other SRC highlights include: Sydney Woods’ presentation on measures of physical activity levels of current C of I students; a musical performance of an original silent movie score by Ashton Jenicek; the distribution of butterflyfish in reef habitats along the Belizean Barrier Reef by Kylie Porter and Holly Moss; and much more!

The event kicks off at noon in Boone Science Hall with opening remarks by C of I President Charlotte Borst. Oral presentations will follow, starting at 12:15 p.m. and running until 2:15 p.m. in Boone. Then, check out music and theatre performances from 2:30-4 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall, and the senior art show, “Epistemology,” from 3:45-4:45 p.m. at the Rosenthal Gallery of Art inside Blatchley Hall. The day concludes with poster presentations from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Langroise Foyer.

For more info about the SRC and a complete schedule of 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