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.
Building an Education
Microbiology major gets valuable hands-on experience in virology lab
Justin is also the recipient of the Department of Biological Sciences' Undergraduate Research Award.
Allan Caplan (Genetic Engineering)
Testing modes of transmission of virus DXV in Drosophila Melanogaster.
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.
Dorm or Greek?
Greek, Kappa Sigma
Intramural Sports or Student Clubs?
I have participated in the rugby, wrestling and chemistry clubs here at UI.
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.