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Graduate Student Research is the Main Event at Inaugural Symposium March 18

By:    Published 8:52 am / March 7, 2011

For graduate students in the sciences, the opportunity to share hard-won data is invaluable. It enables them to connect with peers, give back to the agencies that fund their research and engage the greater community in conversations about what it means.

In the tradition of Boise State’s Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference, which involves hundreds of students in a massive presentation each spring, the first-ever Graduate Student Research Symposium will showcase impressive work by advanced degree candidates in the departments of Geosciences and Biological Sciences.

Starting at 8 a.m. Friday, March 18, in Simplot Room BD of the Student Union Building, the symposium is supported by the involved departments, the Graduate College and the Biomolecular Research Center.

“I am excited for the event and proud of the effort our graduate students put into organizing it,” said Julie Heath, an assistant professor of biological sciences who provided advice and encouragement to the students behind the symposium. “It’s a great opportunity for faculty, staff and our community partners to connect with students and learn more about the breadth of research going on at Boise State.”

Featured projects involve a wide range of disciplines, from innovative laboratory research investigating disease mechanisms to local fieldwork focused on species interactions to studies of massive changes in Idaho’s carbon budget associated with sagebrush restoration. Results from these projects have implications for managers of land and natural resources as well as policy makers and citizens.

“Knowledge gained by graduate student research at Boise State has real impacts, both close to home and across the globe,” Heath said.

The symposium is free and open to the public. The daylong event will feature the following:

  • Presentations. Twenty select students will make oral presentations in four sessions: Ecology 8-9:40 a.m.; Geosciences 10-11:40 a.m.; Molecular Biology 1-2:40 p.m.; Hydrology/Aquatic Ecology 3-4:40 p.m.
  • Keynote. Visiting professor Alistair Poore from Australia’s University of New South Wales will give the keynote address, “From tiny grazers to global patterns in marine herbivory,” at 11:40 a.m. in conjunction with the Biological Sciences Department seminar series.
  • Posters. More than 25 scientific posters will be on display from 4:45-6:45 p.m., with student researchers on hand to provide more depth and detail.

For more information, visit the event website or contact Danielle Clay at