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Dean's Award: Deidrie Briggs

Deidrie dancing with one of the Santa Julia community children during their end of service trip celebration.

Awarded to the outstanding senior in each department.

Deidrie Briggs
Hometown: Marsing, Idaho
Graduation: Spring 2016

Why did you choose the University of Idaho?
Growing up, my parents (who are Vandal alumni) took me and my brother to Moscow for some UI homecoming weekends, and I fell in love with the place. The campus is beautiful, the faculty members are so helpful and Moscow is a great college town. It was an easy choice for me!

Deidrie and her Vandal family - both parents are Vandal alumni and brother is a recent freshman.

An Eye on Her Future

Lab work and activities help biology graduate Deidrie Briggs prepare for a career in optometry.

Read about Deidrie


Deidrie is also the recipient of the Department of Biological Sciences' Pohl Research Award.


Human Anatomy and Physiology

Candi Heimgartner

Human Physiology

Research Project?
In Dr. Pete Fuerst's lab, I traced various cellular structures within retinal images to understand neural development in genetically altered mice, while creating complex 3-D images of retinal neurons.

During a winter break, Deidrie traveled to Hawaii and went scuba diving in the Pacific Ocean.


What is your favorite study tip?
In my planner, I always write down what section of the exam material I need to memorize every day leading up to an exam, that way I don't procrastinate!

What is your go-to study snack?
Ice cream or Ritz crackers dipped in Nutella

Deidrie attempting to climb to the top of the UI Recreation Center climbing pillar.

Campus Life

What UI memory makes you laugh the most?
While on the way to eat dinner at Red Bento, my friend accidentally threw her phone in the garbage dumpster, instead of the garbage in her other hand. She had to climb into the dumpster to retrieve her phone! You can bet that I documented the entire thing.

Dorm or Greek?
Greek life!

Intramural Sports or Student Clubs?
Both! Student clubs are a great way to get involved through the university, while intramural sports allow you to meet some great people and have fun. I was involved in the Pre-Health Club, Student Foundation and intramural basketball.

Deidrie (center) and her Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority sisters, Elizabeth Tran (left) and Silvia Calderon (right).

Tell us

What are your plans for after graduation?
I am very excited to be attending optometry school at Pacific University starting in the fall. I plan to practice optometry in the Pacific Northwest one day.

What should incoming first-year students know?
Find the time to go on an Alternative Service Break with your peers; it was one of the best experiences of my college career. Also, jump on the opportunity to get involved with anything you may be interested in early on. The clubs and activities you're involved in don't have to have something to do with your major. If you have an interest, have fun with it!

What advice to you have for other students in your major?
Anyone interested in pursuing a career in the health field should join the Pre-Health Club and talk to the adviser, Liz Bryant (words cannot explain how wonderful and helpful she is). Also, make sure to develop a biological baseline during your first couple years because upper division classes will be much easier if you remember the basics!

Deidrie went on a Winter Alternative Service Break to Santa Julia, Nicaragua. Pictured is the UI service team holding the coffee that they helped produce with the community members.


College of Science

Physical Address:
Mines 321

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3025
Moscow, ID 83844-3025

Phone: 208-885-6195

Fax: 208-885-6904


Web: College of Science