August 3, 2011
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
At Idaho State University, we are proud of the fact that so many graduate students are learning and working at our university, performing research that could change the way we look at the world.
It is not just our faculty and graduate students who are making discoveries, however. In Idaho State University laboratories, undergraduate students work alongside graduate students and faculty members, gaining valuable experiences that will not only help them find employment, but allow them the opportunity to make a difference in their field while learning.
Our faculty members do more than just teach in the classroom and conduct research in the laboratories. For many of our students, these faculty members are mentors, engaging them in real-life opportunities as well.
One of those students is Hillary Swann, an undergraduate student majoring in psychology. Swann has worked in psychology Assistant Professor Michele Brumley’s Developmental Behavioral Neuroscience Lab performing spinal cord research since 2009. Last fall, she received an ISU Undergraduate Research Grant for $2,000. This summer she was awarded a $1,400 Psi Chi Undergraduate Grant and a Psi Chi $5,000 Summer Research Grant, both of which were competitive at the international level.
Swann wrote all three grant proposals, did pilot research for the project, and is currently working on collecting and analyzing data for this research project. She will present data from her project at the upcoming meetings of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology and the Idaho INBRE. In fact, Swann has presented her research at several regional and even international conferences.
She has also received research training in behavioral science with Dr. Brumley and in neuropharmacology with Chris Downing, assistant professor, ISU Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Swann is a senior this fall, and when she graduates, she will be well prepared to make a significant contribution in the fields of psychology and neuroscience and to teach the next generation of scientists as well.
Hillary is an exceptional student and researcher, but she is not the only undergraduate with these opportunities at ISU. Our faculty members provide excellent opportunities, both at the graduate and undergraduate level, for students to learn through research and opportunities in the field. It is one of the many reasons Idaho State University students leave our institution ready for the future.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University