Student research, creativity take spotlight at C of I
2011. 04. 25.
The College of Idaho will host its sixth annual Student Research Conference on Saturday, April 30 at the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts and the Kathryn Albertson International Center. Beginning at 12:30 p.m., students from all disciplines will share their scholarly and creative accomplishments with the campus and the community through performances, exhibitions and presentations that showcase a variety of undergraduate research and creative projects.
“The conference is very interdisciplinary, which makes it a great opportunity for students to see the type of work that goes on here at the College,” said Dayne Filer, a junior from Boise and a member of the SRC planning committee. “For students not involved in research, it's a chance to discover all the excellent research opportunities they have at The College of Idaho. And for those who are involved, it's a great way to gain experience presenting and defending their work in a conference setting.”
This year's conference includes research presentations on the effects of feral horse grazing on southwest Idaho's small mammals, the racial attitudes of today's college students, the characteristics of internet addiction, and the effects of environmental contamination on trout in southwest Idaho. Creative presentations include readings by student writers who participated in the National Undergraduate Literature Conference and a student-composed piano, violin, viola and cello piece entitled “Meditation.”
“The Student Research Conference provides a venue for our students to showcase all the scholarly and creative work that happens on this campus,” said biology professor Sara Heggland, chair of the SRC planning committee. “There aren't too many places you can go and see a musical performance followed by a poetry reading and then a research project on sage brush. It's very reflective of the liberal arts, and it's a nice way for us our students to celebrate scholarship as a community.”
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 six 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 minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.