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March 11, 2019

Posted by lindsey.schnelle | September 26, 2019


Congratulations to Courtney Schlossareck, Ewa Pietrysiak, and Yuan Su for competing in CAHNRS 3 Minute Thesis this year! Courtney tied for 1st place in the MS division and Ewa won People’s Choice in the PhD division!

Congratulations to Sasha Barnett for receiving 1st place and Victoria Minette for receiving 3rd place in the Lewis and Clark student poster competition in the graduate student division.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Washington State University will hold a series of event to celebrate women in science, technology, engineering and math from March 18 to 21.  Organizers of WSU’s 2nd Annual Week of Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) aim to inspire students as well as bring them together with professionals for networking, mentoring, and professional development. Lear more on the Wi STEM website.

Save the date, Steve Christiansen with Idaho Milk Products is planning to visit campus March 26, 2019 for an info session and then conduct on campus interviews on March 27, 2019.

Washington State University Transportation Services is transitioning to permitless license plate recognition (LPR) parking next year. This requires adjustments to the reciprocal parking agreement between U of I and WSU. Email if you regularly teach, work or are involved in research partnerships at WSU. We need to understand who will be impacted by this upcoming change so we can work collaboratively with WSU Transportation Services to make it as seamless as possible. Email with your name, position, department, general purpose for your need to access WSU campus and how often you park at WSU.

Registration for the Business Plan Competition opened today. All WSU students, regardless of major, are eligible to participate as long as at least two members are undergraduates. . The screening round of the competition requires registering their team online and submitting a one-pager about their business idea. Teams that advance to the presentation round will be notified April 1 and will then submit a 4-7 page business plan and slide deck. The presentation round takes place on April 25. KT Farms is sponsoring a $5000 Ag Tech/Food Science prize at the upcoming competition. Full competition guidelines, scoring rubrics, deadlines, and the registration link can all be found on the BPC webpage.

A Graduate Student Appreciation lunch will be held on April 3, 2019 in Ensminger time TBD. If interested in attending please let Christina Rede know as soon as possible.

See the below information regarding parking at UI and WSU:

  • Washington State University
  •  University of Idaho

Spring Semester 2019 Important Dates:

  • WSU & UI Spring Break March 11-15th
  • WSU Spring Commencement, Sat., May 4th
  • UI Spring Commencement, Sat., May 11th

UI student, deadlines are approaching for distinguished scholarship applications. Please review the list of distinguished scholarships that are due soon after winter break (January 2019 – February 2019). University of Idaho students have been successful in many of these scholarship competitions. See University of Idaho’s news website for more information.

Nominees for The Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines are due on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 to Alanna Ellis ( in the Academic Programs Office. Full descriptions and eligibility requirements for each award can be found on the Graduate School’s Website.

The 3rd Annual Plant Science Symposium will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019 at Washington State University. The event will be held in the WSU Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center. Registration is FREE! and includes snacks, lunch, and drink tickets for a social mixer. There will be a poster session and prizes for the best posters. There is also an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to apply to present a short talk. Instructions for general registration as well as poster abstract applications are available at the []Plant Science Symposium website.

The Student Section

It’s time to rent regalia in preparation for commencement. Order online at []University of Idaho’s Gradfest website through March 27. For custom regalia, contact Tim Helmke at 208-885-7957 or before March 21. Regalia can also be purchased March 19-20 at GradFest in the Bruce M. Pitman Center, Moscow. Regalia will be available for pickup at the Office of Alumni Relations the week prior to commencement, May 6-10, 2019.

Cougar Career Networking night will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 6PM in Chinook Room 25. More information can be found on WSU’s alumni website.

The application deadline to become a peer mentor in on Sunday March 24, 2019 11:59PM. Apply online at the WSU Peer Mentor website.

The Office of Undergraduate Research invites undergraduate students from all disciplines at U of I to apply for a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). The SURF Program supports students on faculty-mentored projects in any field of study from June through early August. Each award includes a $4,000 student fellowship and $1,000 in research funds to help cover the cost of project-related expenses. The application deadline is March 25. For more information, visit the Office of Undergraduate Research website.

The College of Agriculture of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) at the University of Maryland, College Park is currently recruiting our 2019 Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) cohort.  The SROP promotes research in the agricultural, environmental, nutritional and food sciences while providing underrepresented students an opportunity to develop research skills, and learn about doctoral training and establish relationships with AGNR faculty and graduate students. The application deadline is March 22, 2019. Learn more and apply at University of Maryland’s website.

The Office of Undergraduate Research invites undergraduates from all disciplines to present their work in poster format at the 2019 U of I Undergraduate Research Symposium. The event will take place 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, in the International Ballroom, Bruce M. Pitman Center, Moscow. This event is designed to showcase student research, scholarly work and creative activities from all disciplines at the University of Idaho. Students will present and display their work to the campus community along with campus visitors, family and friends. The abstract submission deadline is April 1. For more information about the symposium, including the online abstract submission form, visit the Office of Undergraduate Research website

UI Students, the University of Idaho has established an Institutional Agreement with Kaplan to allow students the opportunity to complete live, in-person GRE and MCAT preparation courses at a reduced rate. The Kaplan GRE Test Preparation Course survey and the Kaplan Test Preparation Course survey are open if interested in these opportunities.

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture has a prestigious fellowship program known as the FFAR Fellows. You can apply for their upcoming 2019-2022 cohort by February 15, 2018 for the Stipend + Professional Development Fellow ship and April 15, 2018 for the Professional Development Fellowship. For more information, contact the FFAR Fellows Program Director:

Extension Events

The Certificate in Seafood Science program at the Center for Advanced Food Technology in Everett has new dates available. Learn more and register at the SFS CAFT webpage.

Jobs, Internships, and Scholarships

The WSU Creamery is hiring for Warehouse Operator 3 position. This position is responsible for the managing the cheese storage warehouse at the Creamery Annex for the WSU Creamery. The duties of the position include, but are not limited to: receiving and organizing cheese produced by the Creamery as well as dry goods that are delivered to the Creamery Annex; manually packing and shipping cheese; maintaining all necessary paperwork and record keeping; hiring and training the employees that package Cougar Cheeses for shipment through UPS and other carriers; and other duties as assigned. Find more information and apply on Washington State University HRS website.

The Dannon Yogurt facility in Utah is looking to fill their internship position slots. For more information contact Nathan Day, Dannon’s Flow Manager.

IMPA is currently accepting scholarship applications from current U of I / WSU students for the 2019/2020 academic year. While we are somewhat focused on Food Science majors, we are most interested in candidates that are committed to careers in the Dairy Industry in Idaho. Please complete and submit your application by March 15th2019, attach an updated resume and send to Please see the attached application.

Click here to view open jobs, internships, and scholarships on the SFS website.

Other Announcements

Undergraduates, participate in a survey for Furman University. This research will study the types of conflict students experience at their academic institutions depending on the type of institution they attend and their identities on campus. Take the survey on Furman’s Qualtrics site.

Faculty, the WSU Tukey Horticulture Orchard has sweet cherry and apple trees and fruit available for research and class use at the old Tukey Orchard site. If you would like to use any part of the remaining Tukey Orchard for your research or class tours or class demonstrations please fill out the attached Farm Use Request Form so we can make this happen for you.  Requests are filled on a first come first served basis so get your request in ASAP.

The Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad’s small grants competition request for proposals and needs assessment survey to inform upcoming study abroad capacity building activities for U.S. higher education institutions.
Register for free U.S. Department of State (DOS) workshops for the U.S. study abroad community focused on consular safety and security messaging, travel safety and preparedness, and DOS scholarships and study abroad capacity building resources.