ISU Headlines

Idaho State University’s Shropshire, DeVeaux receive National Science Foundation Award of $247,000 for undergraduate research

Posted April 24, 2012

The National Science Foundation has awarded Idaho State University physics Professor and Principal Investigator Steve Shropshire $247,732 through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program to support undergraduate research. 

Eight undergraduate students from across the United States will be selected from 113 applications to participate each year for three years in a 10-week nuclear physics, radiobiology, and nuclear engineering research and education experience at ISU. This year, one of the eight students selected is from ISU.

"Competition for this award was highly competitive," Shropshire said. "The NSF awarded ISU this grant because of the unique and internationally recognized interdisciplinary programs and laboratories in applied nuclear science."

His Co-Principal Investigator was Department of Biological Sciences Associate Professor Linda DeVeaux, who is also an affiliate faculty in the Department of Physics.

Students will participate in various research projects, ranging from the production of medical isotopes to issues concerning Homeland Security and gene expression responses which may lead to improved cancer therapy.

"We are excited," continued Shropshire, "to host fine students from across the United States to foster interest and enthusiasm in experimental scientific research. ISU has a successful track record in involving undergraduates in cutting-edge research."

This program will provide talented undergraduate students with valuable experience in progressive research and development at the Idaho Accelerator Center (IAC) and associated laboratories in the departments of physics, biological sciences, chemistry and anthropology at Idaho State University. 

For information on the NSF REU Program, see http://www.nsf.gov/, and for more information on the ISU REU Program, including application materials, see http://www.physics.isu.edu/internships/reu.html or contact Dr. Steve Shropshire at shropshi@physics.isu.edu, or 282-2212.

###