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Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award: Justin Anast

Awarded to a graduating senior who has performed outstanding original research in science or mathematics.

Justin Michael Anast
Hometown: Athol, Idaho
Graduation: Spring 2016

Why did you choose the University of Idaho?
The university was well recommended and affordable.

Justin Anast
Right before my first rugby game against WSU.

Building an Education

Microbiology major gets valuable hands-on experience in virology lab

Read about Justin and his research


Justin is also the recipient of the Department of Biological Sciences' Undergraduate Research Award.


Pathogenic Microbiology

Allan Caplan (Genetic Engineering)

Genetics lab

Research Project?
Testing modes of transmission of virus DXV in Drosophila Melanogaster.

Justin Anast with his buddy, Blaine, in archery class.
Archery class with my best friend Blaine.


What is your favorite study tip?
The best thing that I have ever done for my studies was creating a highly detailed agenda. Plan studying at least a week before an exam.

What is your go-to study snack?
I don’t really have a study snack, but embarrassingly I drank Redline occasionally when I really need help with late night studying.

Justin Anast in front of the canbinet that hold the uranium
Should I have been worried being this close to Uranium!?

Campus Life

Dorm or Greek?
Greek, Kappa Sigma

Intramural Sports or Student Clubs?
I have participated in the rugby, wrestling and chemistry clubs here at UI.

Justin Anast with his Kappa Sigma
The Kappa Sigma house

Tell us

What are your plans for after graduation?
I will start my Ph.D. work in August at Iowa State University. My Ph.D. will be in microbiology and my major professor will be Dr. Stephan Schmitz-Esser. I am also considering to get a MBA in the future.

What should incoming first-year students know?
Don’t slack off your freshman year it will be a pain to recover the GPA. I would also advise to try to get into a research lab as soon as you get to campus.

What advice to you have for other students in your major?
Start reading scientific papers early, it is something that will help you in this field.


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


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