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April is Research Month at Boise State

By: Sherry Squires   Published 3:40 pm / April 3, 2017

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IBO and Boise State Raptor Research visit to Gorongosa National Park, John Kelly photo.

Boise State will celebrate all things research in April. This month has been designated as the inaugural Research Month at the university. From inside the lab to the performing arts stages, a number of events will highlight the breadth and depth of research happening throughout campus.

“As a metropolitan research university, we enjoy a wide variety of research from across disciplines,” said Mark Rudin, vice president for research and economic development. “We invite the community to help celebrate the impact and benefits of this far-reaching work by joining us on campus this month.”

Students and faculty are encouraged to join in by sharing their research endeavors and promoting their events this month on social media using the hashtags #ThisIsResearch and #BoiseState.

The celebration kicked off April 3 with the Graduate Student Showcase. The one-day conference highlighted the research, work and talents of Boise State’s graduate students and faculty.

A full list of events can be found by searching “Research Month” at Here are some highlights:

April 11: Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. 10 a.m.-noon, Alumni and Friends Center Ballroom. 3MT was developed by the University of Queensland and celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate students. Participants have just three minutes and one slide to present compelling oration on their thesis or dissertation topic and its significance. The competition cultivates student’s academic, presentation and research communication skills, and helps graduate students to effectively explain their research in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Cash prizes will be awarded to first and second place and viewers’ choice.

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April 13: Third annual Honeycomb celebration. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Arts and Humanities Institute Gallery, Ron and Linda Yanke Research Park, 220 East Parkcenter Blvd. This events features dozens of performances, recitals, talks and other presentations by students and faculty in the arts and humanities at Boise State. Join the Arts and Humanities Institute for a reception that features a performance by the Graduate String Quartet of Beethoven’s String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59 No. 3, the opportunity to talk with faculty authors about their newly released publications, and the opening of an exhibition titled Vivid Threads: Moroccan Textiles and Art, collected by Lynne and Forrest Geerken.

April 17: 14th annual Undergraduate Research Conference. Noon-2:30 p.m. Student Union Building. Students from all academic disciplines are invited to participate in the annual Undergraduate Research Conference. This annual conference is a forum for undergraduate students to demonstrate what they have learned through mentored research and creative expression in a scholarly setting. A unique educational and networking event, the conference encourages interdisciplinary exchange, bringing together students from all disciplines at Boise State University. Students present their work in poster, podium presentation or visual formats.