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BHSU students and their mentors honored at NCUR reception

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Dr. Kay Schallenkamp (left), Black Hills State University president and Dr. Dean Myers (right), vice president for academic affairs, are pictured with three of the 22 students who presented at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Students are, left to right: Rachel Nelson, senior history major from Burbank; Chandra Lesmeister-Miller, sophomore biology major from Spearfish; and Anne Coyle, junior English major from Gillette, Wyo.

A reception was held recently to honor the 22 Black Hills State University students and their faculty mentors who were selected to present at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR).

According to Dr. Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU, it was quite exceptional to have 22 abstracts accepted from BHSU and is something of which we should be proud. BHSU is one of 250 institutions sending students with accepted research abstracts to this year’s conference. With a high number of submissions this year, the NCUR evaluation committee had to reject a higher percent of abstracts than in the past.

Students who presented at the conference are:

Economics – Chandra Lesmeister-Miller, sophomore biology major from Spearfish, and her faculty mentors – Dr. Sheng Yang and Dr. Ron DeBeaumont.

English – Gwen Writer, sophomore art major from Sturgis, and her faculty mentor – Dr. Amy Fuqua; Jamie Pesicka, freshman English major from Dupree, and her faculty mentor – Dr. Amy Fuqua; Kali Pistulka, senior English major from Sturgis, and her faculty mentor – Dr. Amy Fuqua; Benjamin Reiter, freshman English major from Riverton Wyo., and his faculty mentor – Dr. Vincent King; Laura B. Johnson, sophomore psychology major from Gillette Wyo., and her faculty mentor – Dr. Vincent King; Randi Anderson, senior English major from Nisland, and her faculty mentor – Dr. Vincent King; Leonard Crosby, junior English major from Hot Springs, and his faculty mentor – Dr. Vincent King; Theresa Law, junior English major from Hot Springs, and her faculty mentor – Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein; Joseph Barnes, sophomore English major from Rapid City, and his faculty mentor – Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein; Samantha Bollwerk, freshman English major from Rapid City, and her faculty mentor – Dr. David Cremean; and Anne Coyle, junior English major from Gillette, Wyo., and her faculty mentor – Mary Husemann.

History – Rachel Nelson, senior history major from Burbank, and her faculty mentor – Dr. David Wolff.

Psychology – Krista Highland, senior biology major from Rapid City, and her faculty mentor – Dr. Scott Stoltenberg; Natalie Lecy, junior sociology major from Rapid City, and her faculty mentor Dr. Scott Stoltenberg; Ben Roman, junior psychology major from Sturgis, and his faculty mentor – Dr. Scott Stoltenberg; Jeanie Stockland, sophomore psychology major from Wakonda, and her faculty mentor – Dr. Scott Stoltenberg; and Joanna Vandever, junior psychology major from Spearfish, and her faculty mentor – Dr. Scott Stoltenberg.

Science – Tracy Kobbermann, junior biology major from Benson, Minn., and her faculty mentor – Dr. Dan Bergey; Laurelin Cottingham, senior biology major from Rapid City, and her faculty mentors – Dr. Brian Smith and Dr. Cynthia Anderson; Riston Haugen, senior biology major from Baltic, and his faculty mentor – Dr. David Siemens; and Linda Zierer, senior biology major from Spearfish, and her faculty mentor – Dr. David Bergmann.

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