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BHSU Honors students to present their capstone research projects

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, November 29, 2018/Categories: Events, Students

Capstone projects completed by Black Hills State University Honors students this fall will be presented and defended Thursday, Nov. 29. Two Honors students are prepared to share findings from their personal research projects conducted under mentorship of a capstone committee of BHSU faculty.
William Gottlob, math education major from Salem, and Mikenzie Mikkelson, chemistry major from Belle Fourche, will defend their capstones Nov. 29 from 3-5 p.m. in the Joy Center on the BHSU campus. All are welcome to attend.
Similar to a traditional thesis, capstone projects are rigorous enough to merit credit and an honors designation, but scaled to allow for completion by undergraduate students. Honors students apply what they’ve learned in both major-specific courses and honors curriculum to their capstone projects, as well as conducting and analyzing a significant amount of outside research.

Gottlob is excited to present his capstone titled, “The Paced Classroom: The Advantages and Disadvantages of a Paced Classroom in a Mathematics Setting.” Gottlob set out to research the advantages and disadvantages of a paced classroom, or a classroom in which the students can move through the curriculum at a faster (or slower) pace than would normally be possible for them if the teacher taught in a traditional setting.

Gottlob conducted research through interviews of three educators, then began to identify and describe several of the major advantages and disadvantages for students and educators who use this teaching method.
Mikkelson will present “Vitamin D: Effects of Repletion on Physical Performance.” As a chemistry major, Mikkelson’s project discusses the findings of the Scholten lab, regarding how vitamin D levels repletion affect activity. It also discusses the most effective technique to quantify vitamin D.
The University Honors Program students who have developed their research projects and worked with a faculty committee over the course of a year will be scored and defended. Upon graduation, the Honors students will receive academic distinction on their official academic transcript, which sets them apart and can give them an advantage as they apply for graduate school or further education.
The typical capstone project ties together familiar knowledge on the topic with a new interpretation or proposal. Some students take an alternative route, though, to express what they have learned, especially through the use of creative scholarship, a significant service-learning project, a business plan or proposal, or an extensive literary analysis, to name a few.

About the BHSU University Honors Program:
The University Honors Program at Black Hills State University is dedicated to achievement, leadership, and community, seeking to enrich students' university experiences. The program is designed to provide the university’s top students with the support and individualized instruction they need to pursue their academic and professional goals. The Honors Program adds tremendous value to a Black Hills State University education, including more academic resources and opportunities, individualized instruction and faculty mentorship, and a dynamic academic and social network.

The schedule for fall 2018 Capstone Defense presenters and titles is listed below. All presentations will be held in the Joy Center from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29.
  • Mikenzie Mikkelson, chemistry major from Belle Fourche, “Vitamin D: Effects of Repletion on Physical Performance”

  • William Gottlob, math education major from Salem, “The Paced Classroom: The Advantages and Disadvantages of a Paced Classroom in a Mathematics Setting”


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