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Hill Undergrad Research Fellowships

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Brian and Gayle Hill of Portland, Oregon, the University of Idaho College of Science is able to offer several fellowships each year.

The fellowships support undergraduate research for students working with faculty in the college. Each award has a scholarship component and a research grant component. Research projects will be conducted over a three-semester period.

Fellowship Awards

Each fellowship will include a research grant of approximately $1,500 and a $1,500 scholarship award. Fellowship recipients will have the Spring semester and the following academic year to complete their projects. Shorter time frames are possible upon approval.


Full-time undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to submit a grant proposal. Applicants must be performing or planning to perform research with a College of Science faculty member. See application for more details about eligibility.

Past Participants

See the winners and feature stories of our recipients of the Hill Fellowship

Read about our students

2023 Recipients


After a competitive application process, we're pleased to announce that the following students have been selected to receive these fellowships:

  • Jean Allen, “Determining the age of fossilized bison remains discovered in Soda Springs, Idaho” (Renee Love, mentor)
  • William Auten, “Improving Correlation Between AutoDock CrankPep Scores and Experimentally Determined Values for Biologically Active Peptide Discovery” (Kris Waynant and Marty Ytreberg, mentors)
  • Dayna Buitron, "The investigation of the killer toxin binding interface to the plasma membrane receptor” (Paul Rowley, mentor)
  • Sarah Coss, "The Identification of alpha domains of yeast killer toxins" (Paul Rowley, mentor)
  • Lydia Dresler, "Synthesis and comparison of zwitterionic crosslinkers from functionalizable amino acids for the development of non-fouling hydrogels" (Kris Waynant, mentor)
  • Mason Kilker, “Novel Zinc Complexes Supported by Bioinspired Ligands” (Sebastian Stoian, mentor)
  • Julia Major, "The cell membrane protein Kre1 as a receptor for the K1 killer toxin in pathogenic yeasts" (Paul Rowley, mentor)
  • Madeline Moody, “Synthesis and design of novel azole based small molecules for potential fungicidal and anticancer activity” (Kris Waynant, mentor)
  • Joey Perko, "Visualizations of binary black hole collisions: the great attractors of academic outreach" (Zach Etienne, mentor)
  • Katie Thiessen, “Conducting a Network-Based Risk Analysis for Zebra Mussel Invasion of Idaho Water Bodies Using Watercraft Traffic” (Jennifer Johnson-Leung and Jim Nagler, mentors)
  • Zaira Velasco, "Reference electrode" (Frank Cheng, mentor)
  • Jonathan Webb, "Constructing tight frames for signal processing applications" (Somantika Datta, mentor)

Congratulations to these students, and thank you to all who participate in the Hill Fellowship process. The fellowship applications this year were extremely impressive, and illustrate well the quality of research experience being gained by COS students all across our college.

Campus Locations

Physical Address:
Bruce M. Pitman Center
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4264
Moscow, ID 83844-4264

Phone: 208-885-6111

Fax: 208-885-9119