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Student opportunities: Grad student Rachel Phinney wins conference travel award

Rachel Phinney, a graduate research assistant in the CAHL, was one of six Boise State graduate student awardees of conference travel funding for the summer of 2019. The Graduate College Travel Awards, sponsored by the Graduate College, the Division of Research and Economic Development and the Provost’s Office, cover up to $500 in conference travel costs per award recipient.

Phinney was granted the award to present her research on “Recognizing and Reducing Potential Hazards in Northwest Potato Production” at the Western Regional Agriculture Safety and Health Conference at the University of Washington in Seattle in August. This research was a collaboration between the CAHL and the Idaho and Washington State Potato Commissions to understand potato growers’ perceptions about the frequency and severity of injuries associated with various potato production tasks.

Throughout her graduate assistantship in the CAHL, Phinney has also presented research at conferences in Blaine, WA, Bend, OR, and Las Vegas, NV.