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Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research

July 30 – 31, 2014

The Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research (ICUR), the first of its kind in the state of Idaho, is a celebration showcasing the leading edge in all disciplines. A multifaceted, multicultural event every summer, the ICUR makes research accessible, interactive and fun! Undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds and disciplines gather to present the results of their original work in poster presentations to faculty, the public and their peers from across the country. This high intensity two-day event also focuses on integrating educators to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.




All students from across the state of Idaho involved in research are invited to submit an abstract and those not yet involved in research are invited to come and discover that attending the conference is a great way to learn about the broad range of research opportunities. The conference also provides a forum for students, educators and the community to discuss cutting edge research topics and to examine the connection between research and education. The conference includes poster presentations by students from all academic disciplines, workshops for educators and students and invited guests.

What to Expect from this Meeting

  • A comprehensive and rich program geared towards educators of all levels of expertise and students of all ages;
  • Featured lectures that will include the ICUR Lecture by Michal Temkin Martinez, Boise State University; the Public Lectures by Wendy B. Lawrence, former NASA Astronaut and J.R. Tietsort, Director of IT Governance at Micron Technology, Inc.
  • Workshops for High School Educators including the ICUR Interdisciplinary, RET Experience and Mentoring, the ICUR Computational, and the ICUR Life Sciences workshops.
  • Activities for students including the Graduate School Panel for undergraduate students and the Research Methods workshop for high school students;
  • Poster session for undergraduate students;
  • Various Networking Opportunities



Working with the Press

Career Development Seminar Series

Thursday, May 15th, 2014, 3-4 PM
at South Lake Union campus in the Orin Smith Auditorium

Presented by: Joanne Silberner

Joanne will present valuable tips on how to best work with the press when reporting findings in your research. Her presentation is free and open to the public, although an RSVP is requested.

Joanne began her career in medical writing in 1982 for Science News, went on to write for U.S. News & World Report, and then moved into radio at NPR in Washington, DC, where she covered medical research and health policy for 18 years.

In addition to freelance work, she is an artist-in-residence at the University of Washington, where she also teaches journalism. In recent years, she’s received funding from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for stories on cancer in developing countries, non-communicable diseases in Cambodia, and the mental health effects of climate change.

An informal reception will follow the presentation. Please RSVP for this event by clicking here.

Sponsored by ITHS Education

View the complete schedule of the 2013-14 Career Development Series and learn more about we are training the next generation of clinical and translational researchers.

Questions about the presentation?
Contact Leslie Rae Schmitz at

The ITHS is supported by grants UL1TR000423, KL2TR000421, and TL1TR000422 from the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program (CTSA).

The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264 (FAX), or e-mail at


UW Medicine South Lake Union,
Administrative Bldg
Orin Smith Auditorium 850 Republican St.
Seattle, WA 98109Download the driving, parking,
bus, and shuttle directions.

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Biomedical Networking Meeting February 28, 2014


Everyone interested in biomedical research and NIH funding is invited to participate in this networking opportunity. The meeting is informal and provides an opportunity to speak with potential collaborators. Friday, February 28, 2014 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Building Room 201.

Guest speaker Dr. Matt Ferguson, Experimental Biophysicist with the Department of Physics and Graduate Program in Biomolecular Science, will be presenting on Quantifying Gene Expression and Regulation in Living Cells by Fluorescence Fluctuation Imaging.  For more information, please see Dr. Ferguson’s bio.


2014 Undergraduate Summer Research INBRE Fellows

The application period for the 2014 INBRE Summer Fellows Program is now CLOSED.
Applications, transcripts, and letters of reference were due by February 7, 2014.

Please check back next year to apply to the program.
This page is for undergraduate students attending an Idaho institution of higher education.

Students attending institutions of higher education in a Western IDeA Regional Network state (Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Wyoming) are welcome to apply for fellowships in a University of Idaho laboratory in Moscow, Idaho as part of the Western INBRE Visiting Fellow Program.

Are you an undergraduate science major attending an Idaho institution of higher education who wants to do hands-on research? Will you be graduating in December 2014 or later?

The Idaho INBRE Program is offering a 10-week fellowship for students interested in biomedical research. The Program pays $6,000 to each awarded student to work full-time in an established faculty laboratory for the summer. In addition to doing guided research, students will attend weekly training and seminar presentations and attend the Annual INBRE Research Conference to present their work in a professional setting.

The INBRE Summer Fellows program will start on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, and end at the INBRE Annual Research Conference in Moscow, August 4-6, 2014. At some institutions you may be required to attend 1-2 days of pre-Fellowship training sessions (May 27, 2014).

Summer 2014 INBRE Undergraduate Fellowship Program

Applications for the 2014 Fellows program are now available: Application Page

How to apply:

1. Review the 2014 Faculty Mentors list (see quick links to the left) and choose the mentor(s) you would be interested in working with.
2. Contact the Mentor. If he/she agrees to support your application, work together to complete a Summer Research Plan.
2. Complete and submit the application packet. The packet should include the application form, the Summer Research plan, and your most recent transcript. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
3. Request two confidential letters of reference (updated 12/16/2013). One letter may be from your Mentor. Please ask letter writers to complete the reference form online at Once your letter writer creates an account he/she will be able to save the reference form as they work on it. We recommend that the letters be written by current or former science instructors who can write about your character and your interest and capabilities in science and recommend you for a Fellowship award. Submissions are due by the application deadline, February 7, 2014.

The Idaho INBRE Undergraduate Fellowship program is competitive and is offered to undergraduate students attending school at an Idaho institution of higher education. The number of applications we receive will exceed the available Fellowships.  In order to be considered for a Fellowship we must receive your completed application including transcripts and letters of reference by the due date of February 7, 2014.  We cannot consider incomplete packets.

Fellowship awards will be announced in March 2014.

How are students selected to be INBRE Undergraduate Fellows?

The INBRE Fellows are the best and brightest undergraduate students in Idaho. The selection process is competitive and rigorous. Students submit an application packet that includes a few short essays, their GPA, a Summer Research plan, letters of recommendation and their college transcript(s).

Requirements for being a Fellow:  1) Students must currently be enrolled at an Idaho institution or at an institution in a Western IDeA state (Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico,Wyoming). 2) Students must be graduating on or after December 2014. Students graduating in May or August 2014 will not be eligible for Fellowships in 2014.

Criteria for Fellows selection:

The following criteria are used by Idaho INBRE when choosing Undergraduate Summer Fellows. These criteria are considered as a ‘whole’, and not necessarily in the order listed.

1. Interest in biomedical science and research
2. Academic record, including science classes taken and GPA
3. Reference letters
4. Date of expected graduation
5. Current institution – with consideration given for the research opportunities available to you at that institution
6. Family educational background
7. State in which you graduated high school (preference given to those graduating from an Idaho high school or high school in a Western INBRE state)
8. Obstacles you have overcome to obtain your education

*The 2014 Summer Fellows program is contingent upon timely distribution of federal grant funds*

For questions, contact the INBRE office at or 208-885-5373

Extending Your Network: Using SciVal Experts, PubMed Scopus, and as People Finders

Career Development Seminar Series

Thursday, November 14th, 2013, 3-4 PM
at South Lake Union campus in Conference Room 123B

Presented by:

Diana Nelson Louden, MILS
Diana is the ITHS Translational and Collaboration Librarian at the UW Health Sciences Library. Diana has several years experience assisting clinical scientists with complex literature searches.


UW Medicine South Lake Union,
Administrative Bldg
Conference Room 123B
815 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109

Download the driving, parking,
bus, and shuttle directions.

Watch the live Webcast.

Can’t make the webcast?
Check the ithsTV archives after the event.

Sponsored by the ITHS Education Core

View the complete schedule of the 2013-14 Career Development Series and learn more about we are training the next generation of clinical and translational researchers.

Questions about the presentation?
Contact Kathleen Long at

The ITHS is supported by grants UL1TR000423, KL2TR000421, and TL1TR000422 from the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program (CTSA).

The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264 (FAX), or e-mail at


Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health (CEEH)
Pilot Project Funding

Pre-Applications Due November 25th

The UW Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health (CEEH) is dedicated to contributing to science-based changes in regulatory policy and public health or medical practice that result in a reduction in the burden of environmentally induced diseases.

CEEH is offering a Pilot Projects program to provide funding for pilot data necessary to successfully apply for NIH funding relevant to the mission of the CEEH and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Pilot projects applications should directly address scientific questions of interest to both the CEEH and the NIEHS; they strongly encourage applications that focus on the role of human genetic and epigenetic variation as modifiers of environmentally induced diseases.


Award amount: up to $35,000

Eligibility Categories:
Only faculty members from the University of Washington or Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center holding one the following ranks are eligible to serve as Principal Investigator on a Pilot Project proposal:

  • Assistant Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Professor
  • Research Assistant Professor
  • Research Associate Professor
  • Research Professor

Important Dates

Pre-Application deadline:
November 25, 2013

Application deadline:
January 21, 2014

Sigma Xi, global honor society for science and engineering, offers research grants to undergraduate and graduate students.
For more information, please visit the Sigma Xi website or Boise State’s Biomolecular Research Center.Click here to apply!
Application deadline: October 15, 2013To becoming a member of the Boise State Sigma Xi Chapter please fill out your information on a nomination form  (found at and submit it to


ITHS Grant Writing Workshop:

Registration Now Open December 3-4, 2013, South Lake Union

The Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) is offering an interactive grant writing workshop designed for junior faculty who are preparing grant applications to the NIH. The workshop focuses on how to communicate the key elements of successful NIH proposals through the use of didactics and experiential learning.Topics discussed include the following:

  • Orientation to the NIH and Scientific Review: Overview of the NIH extramural mechanisms of funding and reading and interpreting funding opportunity announcements
  • Anatomy of a NIH Grant: Characteristics, content, and function of the various pieces of the proposal including how to write for your reviewers
  • Specific Aims and Hypotheses: Writing a concise and captivating first page: How, when and where do I start?
  • NIH Peer Review: Understanding the review criteria and review format, what actually happens in the study section, how to interpret reviews, and planning for the inevitable resubmission

Attendees will have the chance to submit their Specific Aims to be used as examples during the course.Details:Cost: $150
Eligibility: Open to Junior Faculty only
Location: UW Medicine, South Lake UnionBldg E, Room E103Important Dates:Registration Deadline:
November 2, 20132-day course:
December 3-4, 2013Registration link Contact Kathy Long: klong22@uw.eduThe ITHS is supported by grants UL1 TR000423, KL2 TR000421, and TL1 TR000422 from the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264 (FAX), or e-mail at Applications
Date: Wed, Sep 25, 2013
Subject:  Funding Opportunity: Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research-Concept Proposals Due 10/16/2013We’d like to remind you about the latest round of funding for the “Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research” (CNIHR) program.  The deadline for concept proposals is October 16.The CNIHR program welcomes innovative proposals from early-stage scientists without prior experience in HIV research to answer essential questions in HIV research, including emerging issues of long term survival with HIV infection, prevention of HIV transmission, and research toward a cure.The CNIHR program has two upcoming webinars in October 2013 which will focus on grantsmanship and application/administrative questions.   The first two (previously presented) focused on answering questions about eligibility and scientific topics and recordings are posted on our website ( The presented content is the same for each of the two webinars on one topic.Grantsmanship/Application Administrative Webinars
October 8th, 5:00 p.m. PDT (0:00 GMT on 9 October)
October 10th, 8:00 a.m. PDT (15:00 GMT)If you have any questions about eligibility, the application process, being a CNIHR mentor, etc., feel free to get in touch ( for all questions is Information:The CNIHR program is a joint initiative of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the NIH-funded Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR), and the International AIDS Society.The application process is two-phase: Concept Proposal phase (open to all eligible candidates) and the Full Proposal phase (only successful applicants from the Concept Proposal Phase). Awardees will be selected by April 2014.Concept proposals (2 pages) are due October 16th, 2013 and are submitted via the CNIHR website.Eligibility Criteria:Early-stage investigators who have completed their first terminal research degree or medical residency after October 16, 2003 and who have a faculty or equivalent position at an academic institution or a comparable position at a not for profit research organization or institution at the time of full proposal submission are eligible.Applicants must have not yet been engaged in HIV research. Any previous grant, contract, sub-award, or publication in HIV or SIV research is disqualifying.Funding Available:Awards are funded for 1-2 years, up to $150,000 (direct costs) per year. Funds may be used for salary, technical support, laboratory supplies, equipment, and travel to a scientific conference or other training activities directly related to the proposed research project.Additional funds are provided for each grantee and their CFAR-affiliated mentor to attend conferences and a pre-conference CNIHR networking meeting convened by the International AIDS Society during their award period.Webinars and Additional Information:The CNIHR program will host four live webinars between August and October 2013 which will be recorded and posted on the CNIHR website.  For more details, please see the CNIHR website:


Congratulations to Graduate Student Ken Weekes!

Ken Weekes receives Honorable Mention Award for his Student Oral Presentation at the 94th ANNUAL MEETING of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Pacific Division in the Cell & Molecular Biology Category.University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada
June 16 – 19, 2013Kenneth Weekes, Lindsey Caitlin, Jonathen Reeck, Julia Oxford PhDCharacterizing pluripotency of primary cells derived from Elasmoid Scales of Zebrafish(Danio rerio)Abstract.  Recently, an in-vitro tooth organ culture system was developed using pluripotent stem cells from rat incisors.  This model system recapitulates the reciprocal epithelial-mesenchymal interactions exhibited by all organs during embryogenesis.  Remarkably, the tooth organ culture system gave rise to a tooth, that when transplanted, regained most of the necessary attributes of ontogenic rat incisors.  However, noticeable decreases in dental type protein expression levels were identified in the in-vitro tooth organ. The issue with the protein levels will need resolved in order to develop an accurate tooth replacement organ.It has been suggested that elasmoid scales are derived from odontodal tissues covering ancestral osteichthyan rhombic scales.  Elasmoid scales of Zebrafish express nearly all the same genes known for contributing to tooth patterning in mammals.  These scales also exhibit similar developmental phases including induction through reciprocal epithelial-mesenchymal interactions.  Developing an in-vitro elasmoid scale organ culture system would be beneficial for studying processes to up-regulate protein expression during the induction of reciprocal epithelial-mesenchymal interactions.  Therefore, the aim of this research was to isolate mesenchymal and ectodermal type cells from Zebrafish scales and characterize their pluripotency as potential candidates for use in a scale organ culture system.  Thus, isolated cells were exposed to a variety of growth mediums to influence differentiation.  These cell lines were then analyzed by RT-PCR for osteoblast, epithelial, and nervous tissue cellular markers to measure the differentiation potency.

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