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Locations

U of I College of Engineering

Mailing Address:

Janssen Engineering (JEB) Room 125
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1011
Moscow, ID 83844-1011

Phone: 208-885-6470

Fax: 208-885-6645

Email: engr-sss@uidaho.edu

Web: College of Engineering

U of I Boise Engineering

Mailing Address:

Idaho Water Center 
322 E. Front Street 
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-6123

Fax: 208-364-3160

Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

Web: Boise Engineering

U of I Idaho Falls Engineering

Physical Address:

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

Phone: 208-757-5400

Fax: 208-282-7929

Email: ui-if@uidaho.edu

Web: Idaho Falls Engineering

U of I CDA Computer Science

Physical Address:
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: 208-292-2509

Email: cmmorrison@uidaho.edu

Web: U of I Coeur d'Alene

Engineering Outreach

Physical Address:

Engineering Physics (EP) Building, Room 312
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1014
Moscow, ID 83844-1014

Phone: 208-885-6373

Fax: 208-885-9249

Email: outreach@uidaho.edu

Web: Engineering Outreach

Durcan Scholar Program

Through the Durcan Scholar Program, you will gain undergraduate knowledge of your discipline and develop research skills by working on faculty-mentored projects for the entire year.

Undergraduate Assistantship Details

Award Amount: $7,500+

Includes:

  • summer stipend of $5,000
  • supplemented by $2500 minimum from a faculty mentor
  • covers stipend, conference, travel or other project-related expenses

Awards available per year: 4
Duration: 12 months

Undergraduate students receiving this award must:

  • Participate in summer research experience and engagement throughout the award period. Recipients will either register for undergraduate research credits or be employed by the faculty mentor during the academic year.
  • A written report consistent with the standards of the discipline of the recipient must be submitted at the end of the program. Project results must also be disseminated through an oral or poster presentation either at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium hosted by Office of Undergraduate Research or a similar public forum.

Questions?

Please email the College of Engineering at engr-durcanscholar@uidaho.edu to learn more about the Durcan Scholar Program.

Past Durcan Scholars

Biological engineering senior Silpa Subedi is using an inexpensive nanoparticle to help our immune systems better recognize cancer cells and fight against them.

“Determining what kind of research you want to do forces you to think about what you are passionate about.” Silpa Subedi, Senior in Biological Engineering

The 2019 Durcan Scholar is working with professor and Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering chair Ching-An Peng, to test gene delivery capacity, or the ability to introduce genetic material into a cell, of these nanoparticles by preparing them in various chemical conditions.

“Our own immune cells could recognize cancer cells in our bodies and fight them without harming the healthy cells,” she said. “With the research going on in immunotherapy, I hope in the future we could develop a cancer treatment that is cost-efficient and accessible worldwide.”

As an undergraduate, Subedi said her research has helped enrich her class work, even if the subjects don't directly overlap, and has provided clarity toward her true academic and career goals.

“Determining what kind of research you want to do forces you to think about what you are passionate about,” she said. “As you engage more deeply in your research, you will soon realize what interests you and what you could do without. Research has helped many people, myself included, confirm their desire to go into medicine.”

Subedi said funding from the Durcan Scholar assistantship and U of I Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship have contributed to her added experience writing grants and presenting at conferences.

After graduation in May 2021, Subedi said she plans to work in oncology research at a pharmaceutical and biotechnology company for a couple years before going to medical school.

Silpa Subedi
Biological engineering senior Silpa Subedi

Locations

U of I College of Engineering

Mailing Address:

Janssen Engineering (JEB) Room 125
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1011
Moscow, ID 83844-1011

Phone: 208-885-6470

Fax: 208-885-6645

Email: engr-sss@uidaho.edu

Web: College of Engineering

U of I Boise Engineering

Mailing Address:

Idaho Water Center 
322 E. Front Street 
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-6123

Fax: 208-364-3160

Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

Web: Boise Engineering

U of I Idaho Falls Engineering

Physical Address:

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

Phone: 208-757-5400

Fax: 208-282-7929

Email: ui-if@uidaho.edu

Web: Idaho Falls Engineering

U of I CDA Computer Science

Physical Address:
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: 208-292-2509

Email: cmmorrison@uidaho.edu

Web: U of I Coeur d'Alene

Engineering Outreach

Physical Address:

Engineering Physics (EP) Building, Room 312
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1014
Moscow, ID 83844-1014

Phone: 208-885-6373

Fax: 208-885-9249

Email: outreach@uidaho.edu

Web: Engineering Outreach