Five Black Hills State University students had articles accepted for publication in the 2010 Proceedings of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. NCUR Proceedings is a prestigious national journal which features the scholarship of students who have presented papers at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
In recent years, BHSU has placed an emphasis on providing research opportunities for students. The depth and breadth of the research topics are a testament to the variety of research projects that BHSU students are pursuing.
Cara Bandalos, recent English graduate from Guernsey, Wyo.; Eric Zimmer, recent history graduate from Rapid City; Brian Stampe, sophomore outdoor education major from Spearfish; Monika Hotz, senior English major from Hot Springs; and Justine Burggraff, senior English major from Beulah, N.D.; had their articles published in the NCUR Proceedings.
Bandalos’s article entitled The Wife of Bath vs. The Medieval Church, is on Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Zimmer’s article entitled Neutrality, Attack, and Retaliation: Captain Donald G. Smith and World War II, 1941-1942, is about a South Dakota pilot who flew in the” Doolittle Raid” in World War II. Stampe’s article entitled A Clash of Realities: A Study of James Welch's Fools Crow, is about Welch’s Fools Crow. Hotz’ s article entitled Sex and Equality: Anne Bradstreet and The Creation for a Community of Love, and Burgraff’s article Changing Hierarchies in Early America, both examine the poetry of Anne Bradstreet, a seventeenth-century Puritan poet.
Publication in the NCUR Proceedings is highly selective. Students who deliver papers at NCUR are invited to submit their work for publication in NCUR Proceedings. Only 12 to 18 percent of the essays submitted are then selected for publication. In the last four years, 96 BHSU students have delivered papers or made poster presentations at NCUR, and 11 have had their essays published in NCUR Proceedings.
In 2010, NCUR was held at the University of Montana-Missoula, where over 2,800 students from 300 universities and colleges presented their original research. Only a third of those who submit abstracts are invited to deliver presentations. Twenty-two BHSU students attended the three-day event, giving BHSU one of the largest contingents of students at the conference.