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Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research Flourishes at Boise State

By: Cienna Madrid   Published 2:41 pm / August 7, 2017

Boise State University held the fourth annual Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research (ICUR) on July 26-27 that drew hundreds of students, faculty and members of the community. The conference showcases the leading edge of undergraduate research across the state in all disciplines.

This year’s conference experienced a 30 percent growth since 2016, with 273 undergraduates attending the conference and over 220 undergraduates presenting posters on their research. Boise State students had a strong showing at the conference, with 136 registering to attend and 93 presenting posters.

Undergraduate students from Idaho’s diverse colleges, and representing an array of backgrounds and disciplines, gathered to present the results of their original work in poster presentations to their peers, educators and the public. This high intensity, two-day event also focused on integrating educators to promote student learning at all levels of education.

Along with the poster presentations, students could attend workshops on professional development – from networking tips, to how to apply for jobs and how to craft a competitive graduate school application. In the video below, a handful of students explain their research – how one student is using single-stranded DNA to test molecular biomarkers for cancer, while another is researching why students don’t seek out healthcare when they’re sick:

While ICUR officially was launched at Boise State in 2014, a Summer Undergraduate Research Conference was held at Boise State as far back as 2012. The current annual conference is affiliated with the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.