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College of Idaho Student Research Conference Features Creativity, Cutting-Edge Science

2010. 05. 13.

This year's conference has a bit of everything--from research on the soil preferences of Southern Idaho ground squirrels to the motivations behind compulsive shopping.

CALDWELL – The College of Idaho will host its fifth annual Student Research Conference on Saturday, May 15, beginning at 12:30 pm in the Langroise Recital Hall on campus. This year's conference is the largest and most diverse ever, featuring four original music and dance compositions, a collaborative film project, readings of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and numerous presentations and posters highlighting student research on topics as varied as the evolutionary change of cheat grass to the effects of relaxation techniques on test anxiety in middle school students.

The College of Idaho's Student Research Conference has grown in student participation every year. It began five years ago as a grassroots effort to celebrate student scholarship, research, and creative activities. It is now an annual event on campus, attracting significant student participation and interest from the public. This year's conference features four performances, 18 oral presentations, 39 poster presentations, and a collaborative film project. A total of 87 student authors with submissions from 13 departments will participate in the conference.

“This conference reflects C of I's liberal arts tradition,” said participating student Adam Nunez who will read an excerpt from a work of fiction based on his family's migrant farmworker past. “I can read my fiction in the same session as a biology major presents his research on the link between NASA and alligator livers. It's an awesome opportunity to showcase significant research from all majors.”

Chemistry major Erick Valenzuela said it was exciting to be part of a campus-wide student research conference and described his work with flavonoids found in local basin big sagebrush. “They have antioxidant protection properties that may be potentially used in the future as therapeutic agents.”

College of Idaho President Marv Henberg will open the conference in the Langroise Recital Hall at 12:30 pm, followed by the student performances and showing of the collaborative film project based on a student research trip to Australia in the 2010 winter term. Following the performances, students will give oral presentations in the Kathryn Albertson International Center. Poster presentations and a reception will follow in the Langroise Foyer.

The conference is free, and the public is invited to attend. For a complete schedule of presentations, visit

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 ten 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 undergraduate minors in four years. For more information on the College of Idaho, please visit