Former state rep. from Jerome receives honorary research award

Image of Maxine Bell from 2016.
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(KMVT/KSVT) — Former state representative from Jerome is the first nonfaculty member to receive an honorary award for supporting high-quality scientific research.

The Idaho Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research gave longtime Idaho State Rep. Maxine Bell with the honorary Jean’ne M. Shreeve NSF EPSCoR Research Excellence award.

According to a news release issued Thursday, Bell received the award in December at the Idaho EPSCoR annual meeting. The award “recognizes Bell’s long-standing support for high-quality scientific research at Idaho’s universities and her extraordinary leadership at the state level.”

Idaho EPSCoR Committee Chairman Laird Noh said Bell has always been an advocate for students.

“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,” Noh said in the press release.

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