College of Western Idaho (CWI) student, Jacob Tenorio, won recognition for his poster presentation at Boise State University during the Pacific Northwest Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) conference on March 2, 2018. His poster, about water quality research at Lake Lowell, was named in the top four out of more than 30 posters.
Competing against undergraduate students from schools around the Pacific Northwest – including Washington State, University of Washington, Oregon State University, Boise State University and more – Tenorio was the first community college student to win in the history of the conference.
He completed an internship with Rebecca Flock, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, last fall through the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives (MURI) Program, part of Idaho EPSCoR. Tenorio and Flock built a low-cost device that measured the thermocline (temperature variability with depth) in Lake Lowell, part of Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge. Thermoclines have been a part of the research surrounding harmful algal blooms affecting lakes and reservoir around the globe.
Congratulations to the rest of CWI students and alumni who presented their research during the conference!