C of I faculty to participate in student research workshop
2008. 02. 15.
CALDWELL Associate Biology Professor Sara Heggland, Biology Professor Don Mansfield, Associate Education Professor Deb Yates and Vice President for Academic Affairs Mark Smith from The College of Idaho have been accepted at a regional workshop by The Council on Undergraduate Research.
The workshop is Feb. 29-March 2 at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. It is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation's Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement program. The workshop will help participating institutions set goals and develop strategies for undergraduate research.
The C of I was accepted into the prestigious workshop after submitting a 10-page proposal that detailed student research on campus. The College has put an increasing emphasis on student research in recent years, including hosting the annual Student Research Conference. The number of students at The C of I participating in student research has more than doubled during the past five years.
Research at the college has also been supported by grants from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation ($17.5 million in 2006-07), the National Institute of Health ($1.4 million from 2004-09) and the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Grant ($50,000 in 2007). The College has also hired science faculty dedicated to undergraduate research in biochemistry, physics, chemistry and physiology.
Smith said he hopes the workshop will help provide a vision and strategic plan for continuing to enhance student research at The C of I.
The third annual C of I Student Research Conference will be held May 3 during Parents Weekend.