BHSU students will showcase research; Heise will present during 18th Annual Black Hills Research Symposium

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, March 15, 2016/Categories: Events, Students, College of Business and Natural Sciences, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, Community, Faculty, Sanford, Research Symposium

Black Hills State University announces that Dr. Jaret Heise, science director of Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, will be the keynote speaker during the 18th Annual Black Hills Research Symposium, where more than 40 BHSU students will showcase their research and scholarly projects.

Heise’s keynote presentation will be held Thursday, March 24 at 2 p.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus in Spearfish, as a conclusion to the 18th Annual Black Hills Research Symposium March 22-24. The Symposium and keynote presentation are free and open to the public.

With a PhD in particle astrophysics, Heise works with world-leading experiments at Sanford Lab that seek to answer some of the most fundamental questions of our time including understanding the synthesis of atomic elements within stars, probing the nature of dark matter, and continuing to understand the mysterious neutrino.

In the days leading up to Heise’s lecture, students at BHSU will present research from a variety of academic fields including biology, psychology, and exercise science during the BH Research Symposium.

Dr. Parthasarathi Nag, professor of mathematics and undergrad research coordinator, said the student presentations highlight the unique research projects underway at BHSU.

“The Black Hills Research Symposium is an excellent forum to showcase undergraduate and graduate research and creative scholarship activity taking place at BHSU by students and their faculty mentors in many different areas of interest,” said Nag. “The forum also allows the members of the community to interact with the researchers and creative scholars and learn about their work.”

The schedule of the BH Research Symposium is as follows:

·         Poster Presentations: March 22-24, all day in the lobby of the David B. Miller Yellow
          Jacket Student Union

·         Oral Research Presentations: March 23 & 24 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Student                   Union Swarts and Trump Conference Rooms

·         Poster Judging, Question & Answer Session: March 23 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

·         Keynote Speaker, Dr. Jaret Heise: March 24, 2 p.m., Clare and Josef Meier Hall

In 1995, faculty at BHSU started the Symposium to create an event where exceptional students from a variety of disciplines could showcase their unique research projects before an appreciative audience. The Symposium has grown over the past 18 years from five student participants to more than 40 in 2015.

The Symposium continues to provide students at BHSU a unique opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor in developing a meaningful research project to present publicly.

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