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Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research

July 21-22, 2021
Virtual Conference

ICUR 2021 is a Wrap!

Thank you to all the student researchers, mentors, research supervisors, and our guests for participating in ICUR 2021. The event included Student Lightning Talks, Paired Research Talks, 200+ posters, and an inspiring closing session. View the event site at:

Check out highlights from ICUR 2021 below and please reach out if you have any questions or comments at

We can’t wait for next year!

Discover Undergraduate Research

ICUR 2021 Welcome

The Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research kicked-off with a welcome from Boise State University President Dr. Marlene Tromp, Idaho State University President Mr. Kevin D. Satterlee, and University of Idaho President Dr. Scott Green.

Seven Talks | Three Minutes | Endless Possibilities

Student Lightning Talks

Undergraduate researchers from across the state shares their research projects in an exciting 3-minute pitch setting.

Student Researchers:

Audrey Howe | Biological Sciences | College of Southern Idaho

Colton Burr | Engineering | Northwest Nazarene University

Mackenzie Bennett | Anthropology | Boise State University

Marcus Emmen | Biological Sciences | College of Western Idaho

Rachel Hull | Health & Biological Sciences | Lewis-Clark State College

Tanner Badigian | Biological & Health Sciences | University of Idaho

Treyton Harris | Biological Sciences | Idaho State University

Two Mentor-Student Teams | Two Projects | All the Backstory

Paired Research Talks

Two pairs of faculty and student teams discussed their research projects and shared insights about their experiences.

The Teams:

Dr. Donna Calhoun + Hannah Spero – Boise State University

Dr. Jagdish Patel + Peik Lund – University of Idaho

TJ Bliss | Chief Program Officer | Idaho Department of Education

ICUR Closing Session

In our closing keynote address, Dr. TJ Bliss discusses the power of trust in building mentoring relationships.

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