North Idaho College students Veronica Hendricks and Christin Winniford recently participated in the student poster competition at the Idaho Academy of Science Conference in Idaho Falls alongside undergraduate and graduate students form across the state.
The topic of the tree-day conference was “Energy for the Future: Human and Ecological considerations.” The students were accompanied by NIC instructors Jim Jeiter, Dale Marcy, and Rhena Cooper.
Hendricks captured first place and $75 in prize money for her poster titled “Water Quality Analysis.” Her work was the result of an internship with Accurate Testing Laboratory which was sponsored by the Idaho-Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE). Her internship provided quality hands-on experiences in all phases of water quality analysis under the supervision of co-owner and chemist Walter Mueller. Hendricks received a $6,000 scholarship to Boise State University and a $3,000 scholarship to the University of Idaho.
Winniford presented her poster titled” The Science Behind It-Wine” as a result of her Idaho-INBRE internship with Coeur d’Alene Cellars under the supervision of wine master Warren Shutz. Winniford studied the chemistry of wine making while owner Kimber Gates mentored her in the details of the business. For her work, Winniford received a $1000 scholarship through the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium to be used at the University of Idaho.
Since 2003, North Idaho College has placed 25 students in INBRE-sponsored internships with various businesses such as Kootenai Medical Center, University of Idaho Research Park, Accurate Testing Laboratory, and Coeur d’Alene Cellars.
The INBRE-sponsored internships allow NIC;s best science students expanded opportunities to use their laboratory skills and accumulate approximately 400 hours in supervised lab work.