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Representative Maxine Bell Presented with Honorary Jean’ne M. Shreeve NSF EPSCoR Research Excellence Award

The Idaho Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Committee presented the first ever honorary Jean'ne M. Shreeve NSF EPSCoR Research Excellence Award to longtime Idaho EPSCoR Committee member and State Representative, Maxine Bell. The honorary award recognizes Bell’s longstanding support for high quality scientific research at Idaho’s universities and her extraordinary leadership at the State level.

EPSCoR is a federal program that originated at the National Science Foundation (NSF) to partner with states that have historically received smaller amounts of federal research and development funds to enhance science and engineering research and education across the U.S.

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Maxine Bell participating in Idaho EPSCoR’s Legislator in the Laboratory program at the University of Idaho Fish Culture Experiment Station in 2002

Representative Bell was on hand to accept her award during the Idaho EPSCoR Annual Meeting on December 6, 2018. The award was inspired by University of Idaho Distinguished Professor Jean'ne M. Shreeve for her imaginative leadership of EPSCoR in Idaho for more than 20 years. The award highlights the substantial value of the NSF EPSCoR program to the State of Idaho, as well as the individual accomplishments of the recipient. The award normally recognizes the accomplishments of professors at Idaho universities. This is the first time since the award was established in 2011 that an honorary award has been made.

“Representative Bell was an exceptional member of the EPSCoR Committee, always in attendance, always thoughtful. Beyond that, she was devoted to the students and they responded in kind. At meals, she always sat with them and their conversations were animated, and it was easy to observe they were engaged and delighted,” said EPSCoR Committee chair, Laird Noh.

“Whether promising, young students with EPSCoR or the hundreds of thousands of Idaho public school students for whom she constantly advocated in the legislature, Maxine was looking to the future and building a better Idaho.”

Laird Noh
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