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Twenty-two students to present at National Conference for Undergraduate Research

Twenty-two Black Hills State University students will present their research at the 21st National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) April 12-14 at Dominican University in San Rafael, Calif.

NCUR, an annual conference dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study, is the largest professional research symposium of its type. Each year approximately 2,000 undergraduate students from all fields and disciplines gather to share the knowledge they have gained through their research projects. Student presenters also have the opportunity to publish their work in the Conference Proceedings, which are distributed across the nation.

BHSU is one of 250 institutions from across the country that will participate in this year’s conference.

According to Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU, due to the number of submissions this year, the NCUR evaluation committee had to reject a higher percentage of abstracts than they have in the past.

“To have 22 accepted abstracts from Black Hills State University is something about which we are quite proud,” Downing said.

The BHSU students attending the conference will present research across five disciplines – Economics, English, History, Psychology, and Science.

Chandra Lesmeister Miller, sophomore biology major from Spearfish, will present an economics project she conducted under the advisement of Dr. Sheng Yang and Dr. Ron DeBeaumont.

Presenters in the English discipline include: Randi Anderson, senior English major from Nisland, advisor Dr. Vincent King; Joseph Barnes, sophomore from Rapid City, advisor Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein; Samantha Bollwerk, freshman from Rapid City, advisor Dr. David Cremean; Anne Coyle, junior English major from Gillette, Wyo., advisor Dr. Mary Husemann; Leonard Crosby, junior English major from Hot Springs, advisor King; Laura Johnson, sophomore English major from Gillette, Wyo., advisor King; Theresa Law, junior English major from Rapid City, advisor Wallerstein; Jamie Pesicka, freshman from Dupree, advisor Dr. Amy Fuqua; Kali Pistulka, senior English major from Deadwood, advisor Fuqua; Benjamin Reiter, freshman from Riverton, Wyo., advisor King; and Gwen Writer, sophomore art major from Sturgis, advisor Fuqua.

Rachel Nelson, senior history major from Burbank, will present in the history discipline. Her advisor was Dr. David Wolff.

Psychology presenters, under the advisement of Dr. Scott Stoltenberg, include: Krista Highland, senior biology major from Rapid City; Natalie Lecy, junior sociology major from Rapid City; Ben Roman, junior psychology major from Sturgis; Jeanie Stockland, sophomore psychology major from Wakonda; and Joanna Vandever, junior psychology major from Spearfish.

Science presenters include: Laurelin Cottingham, senior biology major from Spearfish, advisors Dr. Brian Smith and Cynthia Anderson; Riston Haugen, senior biology major from Baltic, advisor Dr. David Siemens; Tracy Kobbermann, junior biology major from Benson, Minn., advisor Dr. Daniel Bergey; and Linda Zierer, senior biology major from Spearfish, advisor Dr. David Bergmann.

In addition to the 22 students, two faculty mentors will also be attending the conference.

A reception honoring the NCUR students and their mentors will be held Thursday, April 5 at 3 p.m. in the second floor lobby of Clare and Josef Meier Hall. The reception is open to the public at no charge.

For more information, contact Downing at 642-6056 or see www.ncur.org.

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