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Past Winners & Participants

2015 Recipients


The 2015 batch of fellowship winners (with projects beginning spring semester 2016) are as follows:

  • Elijah Benson, Biology (Faculty mentor: Tanya Miura)
    “Bound and gagged: effects of tetherin against diverse respiratory viruses”
  • Dorothy Catey, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics (Faculty mentor: Bert Baumgaertner and Steve Krone)
    “Aggregation effects of helping health workers in an agent-based model”
  • Guadalupe Gutierrez, Chemistry (Faculty mentor: Kris Waynant)
    “A novel approach to more effective and longer lasting pharmaceuticals”
  • Alison LaDuke, Physics, Mathematics (Faculty mentor: Francesca Sammarruca)
    “Predictions for the properties of neutron stars in the high-precision era”

Determined to Learn in the Lab

National Merit Scholar uses research to expand his knowledge of biology.

Learn about Elijah's research >

Pushing Back the Barriers of Science

Hill Fellowship winner goes beyond his major in award-winning research project.

Read about Lupe's research >

2014 Recipients


The 2014 batch of fellowship winners (with projects beginning spring semester 2015) are as follows:

  • Alexandra Adams, Geology (Faculty mentor: Elizabeth Cassel)
    Isotopic fractionation of light elements — reconstructing past elevations and drainages in east Idaho and southwest Montana
  • Jonah Bartrand, Physics and Geology (Faculty mentor: Dave McIlroy)
    Formation of silver nanosprings on silica nanosprings
  • Catherine Brands, Biology (Faculty mentor: Onesmo Balemba)
    Effects of palmitic acid and methane gas on gastrointestinal motility
  • Paul Hanna, Chemistry (Faculty mentor: Kristopher Waynant)
    "Investigating the transition states of quinone intramolecular Diels–Alder reactions towards the asymmetric total synthesis of Elisabethin A

Featured Students

Read about a few of our 2014 recipients of the Hill Fellowship.

From Research to Teaching

Catherine Brands

Hill Fellowship winner Catherine Brands plans to translate her research experiences to Idaho’s classrooms

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In the Lab from Day 1

Jonah Bartrand

First-year student earns Hill Fellowship for work with microscopic nanosprings

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2013 Recipients


The 2013 fellowship winners (with projects beginning spring semester 2014) are as follows:

  • Benjamin Anzis, Mathematics (Faculty mentor: Stefan Tohaneunu)
    Using algebraic geometric techniques to error-correct linear codes.
  • Kami Cole, Microbiology (Faculty mentor: Craig McGowan)
    How do they climb the hill? The effect of incline hopping in kangaroo rats.
  • Hailey Knox, Chemistry (Faculty mentor: Jakob Magolan)
    Synthesis of MF-438 and analogs for targeting lung cancer-initiating cells.
  • Duy Duc Nguyen, Biology (Faculty mentor: Peter Fuerst)
    Cell apoptosis and regeneration of axons in association with up regulation of phosphorylated c-Jun in Dscam mutant mouse retina.
  • Joseph Schmalz, Biochemistry (Faculty mentor: Jakob Magolan)
    Synthesis of contrasting agents used for computed tomography (CT) scans.

Featured Students

Read about a few of our 2013 recipients of the Hill Fellowship.

A Different Dimension

Benjamin Anzis

Hill Fellowship winner dives into math classes, independent study, research

Read more about Ben's interest in math >

Hopping into Research

Kami Cole

Hill Fellowship winner Kami Cole studies kangaroo rats to understand locomotion

Read more about Kami and her research >

2012 Recipients

The 2012 batch of fellowship winners (with projects beginning spring semester 2013) is as follows:

  • Steve Holmbo, Chemistry (Faculty mentor: Professor Jakob Magolan)
    Chemical synthesis of the natural compound veranamine
  • Curtis Johnson, Geology (Faculty mentor: Professor Dennis Geist)
    The relationship between igneous activity and mineralization within the Leeville mining complex
  • Daniel LaPorte, Physics (Faculty mentor: Professor Marty Ytreberg)
    Relative fluctuation analysis of wild type human p53 and mutants
  • Rebecca McKenzie, Microbiology (Faculty mentor: Professor Tania Miura)
    Evaluating the use of resveratrol to inhibit influenza virus-induced inflammation
  • Kim Miles, Geology (Faculty mentor: Professor Jerry Fairley)
    Economic mineral deposits as an explanation for anomalous water chemistry at Colgate Lick hot springs, Lolo Pass, Idaho

Featured Students

Read about a few of our 2012 recipients of the Hill Fellowship.

Protein Research Prepares Student for Future as Oncologist

Daniel LaPorte

Daniel will use the Hill Fellowship award to present his work on p53 at the American Biophysical Society’s 2014 conference.

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Fighting the Flu From the Laboratory

Rebecca McKenzie

Rebecca will be using the Hill Fellowship to support her research on a treatment for easing the symptoms of influenza A.

Read more about Rebecca and her work >

2011 Recipients

The 2011 batch of fellowship winners (with projects beginning spring semester 2012) is as follows:

  • Isaac Barber-Axthelm, Biology (Faculty mentor: Tanya Miura)
    Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Resveratrol on Murine Hepatitis Virus-1 Infected Lung Epithelial Cells
  • Emma Ehret, Biology, (Faculty mentor: Gustavo Arrizabalaga)
    Investigating Toxoplasma gondii Mutants to Identify Essential Proteins
  • Jessica Osterloh, Geology (Faculty mentor: Jerry Fairley)
    Geothermal Potential of Idaho’s Snake River Plain
  • Sarah Vukelich, Chemistry (Faculty mentor: Jakob Magolan)
    New Catalytic Oxidations for the Synthesis of Valuable Heterocycles

Featured Students

Read about a few of our 2011 recipients of the Hill Fellowship.

The Snake River Plain's Geothermal Energy

Jessica Osterloh

One of Geology professor Dr. Fairley's classes sparked an interest in geothermal surveys for Jessica leading to her work with existing drill wells on the Snake River Plain with support from the Hill Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Learn more about Jessica and her research >

Green Chemistry

Sarah Vukelich

Sarah’s project is in the field of “green chemistry”, in which newer, more environmentally friendly, methods are sought as alternatives to standard processes in synthetic chemistry.

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Synthesizing Organic Compounds

Nick Weires

A junior Chemistry major finds his research passion

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