Students Present at Statewide Research Conference

Published: August 11, 2017

A group of students and faculty from College of Western Idaho (CWI) recently attended the 2017 Idaho INBRE* Statewide Research Conference, held July 31 – Aug. 2, in Moscow, Idaho. CWI student researchers, who spent the summer in laboratories at CWI, Boise State University, and the Idaho Veterans Research and Education Foundation (Boise VA Medical Center), had the opportunity to present their findings at the conference. Students, Julie Wagner, Brenda Hansen, and Jason Ward, participated in three-minute, “fast pitch”, oral presentations. Hansen and Ward won awards for their presentations on the synthesis of potential new cancer drugs. During the conference, Dr. Suzanne Oppenheimer, Assistant Professor of Biology, served on the "Beyond Baccalaureate” panel, and Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Brian McClain, served as chair for "fast pitch" sessions.

The opportunity to participate in undergraduate summer research was a great learning experience for the students. Not only did it provide students a means to share new knowledge with the scientific community, but gave participants a chance to network with other scientists!

Conference participants included:

Summer Scholars

Bree Hartman
Kimmer Jackson
Paola Palencia
Cole Shaffer
Hannah Theriault
Julie Wagner
Gabrielle Westcott


Brenda Hansen
Jason Ward
Cody Andrus
Brianna Grantham

To learn more about the Idaho INBRE, visit

For information on how you might participate in biomedical summer research in the future, contact Dr. Brian McClain at or Dr. Suzanne Oppenheimer at

Funding for this project was made by the Department of Health & Human Services and the Idaho INBRE Network.

*INBRE= IDeA (Institutional Development Award) Network of Biomedical Research Excellence

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