North Idaho College graduate Veronica Hendricks of St. Maries, Idaho was recently selected for an elite 10-week fellowship this summer at Boise State University.
The $5,000 fellowship is part of a highly competitive undergraduate research program sponsored by Idaho-INBRE (Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) and offered at five colleges and universities across the state. The program gives students with interest and aptitude the opportunity for research experience.
Hendricks, who was class valedictorian at Kootenai High School in Harrison, Idaho, will work with Julia Oxford, Ph.D., at Boise State University, investigating the use of collagen as a naturally-occurring biomolecular nanowire for the detection and sensing of biomolecular analytes.
At the end of the fellowship, Hendricks and other fellows will present their summer research at the annual Idaho-INBRE conference Aug. 6-8 at the University of Idaho.
While at NIC, Hendricks completed two internships, one at Accurate Testing Laboratory and one at BNAL at the University of Idaho Research Park. She received NIC’s Outstanding Freshman Chemistry Award while taking Calculus I, II and III simultaneously. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year colleges, and served as secretary of the Latino Club. Hendricks was also an active member of the Logger Sports Team through the University of Idaho.
Hendricks said she was grateful to her instructors at NIC for initially helping to link her with an internship, which led to a multitude of other opportunities, including this fellowship.
“Things escalated from there and doors and doors of opportunities have opened,” Hendricks said. “I jumped through each door before any were even completely open without looking back.”
North Idaho College graduate Veronica Hendricks works in the lab during her internship at Accurate Testing Labs.