Research by 27 Black Hills State University students and one faculty member has been accepted for presentation at the 23rd National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) April 16-18 at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, Wis.

“During the past three years Black Hills State University has sent over 20 students to each of the annual NCUR conferences. The acceptance rate, which has increased each year, was 77 percent this year,” stated Dr. Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU. “I am very proud of the success rate of our students and the high quality of their scholarship.”

BHSU will host an annual Black Hills Research Symposium Thursday, March 26 to showcase the research of undergraduate students at BHSU in a variety of topics from the different academic areas.

The BHSU students attending the conference will present research on the subjects of physics, English, sociology, marketing, criminology, education, art and media studies, psychology, microbiology and immunology, and biology.

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.

Students with accepted English abstracts are: Aaron Bauerly, junior composite music major from Spearfish, “Digging with Seamus Heaney;” Athena Threatt, senior English major from Hill City, “Feminist Tendencies in Bradstreet’s Poetry;” Laura Baldwin, senior English major from Spearfish, “Sister Poets Divided by Time: A Comparison of Anne Bradstreet and Sylivia Plath;” Erin Murtha, sophomore psychology major from Spearfish, “Anne Bradstreet: Expanding a Community of Love;” Janette Foreman, former BHSU student, “Building the Community of Love Up on Variety and Equality;” Emily Chiller, junior biology major from Belle Fourche, “Thyme or Parsley Wreaths: Restructuring the Familiar in the Poetry of Anne Bradstreet;” Brian Engler, junior composite English major from Laconia, N. H., “Dual Irony in Interpretation: Cather and Dos Passos as Equals in Satire;” and Benjamin Reiter, junior political science major from Riverton, Wyo., “Beyond War Criticism: Re-reading Dos Passos’ Three Soldiers and Willa Cather’s One of Ours.”

Students with accepted physics abstracts are: Jessica Juhrend, sophomore speech communications major from Spearfish and Anna Hafele, sophomore from Newell, will be presenting their abstract entitled, “How do Students Differentiate Electrical Energy and Electrical Current.”

Sociology abstracts accepted are from: Joshua McDonald, senior sociology major from Sturgis, “A Theoretical Interpretation of Max Weber and the Matrix;” Michelle Kline, junior sociology major from Rapid City, “Self Reported Levels of Life Satisfaction in Children Across Varying Socio-Economic Classes;” and Christopher Weiss, senior composite business administration and speech communications major from Rapid City, “Changes in Cultural Values After September 11 Attacks.”

Students with a marketing abstract accepted are: Jonathan Tait, senior composite business administration major from Rapid City, and Traie Roberson, senior composite business administration major from Spearfish, “Student Involvement in Campus Organizations.”

Criminology abstracts accepted were from Eric Zimmer, junior history major from Rapid City, “Sobriety Program Evaluation;” and Candice Will, recent BHSU graduate from Rapid City, “The Systematic Analysis of Recidivism Rates: As Influenced by Demographics Characteristics in a Cohort of Incarcerated Juveniles.”

Education abstracts include: Wendy O’Lexey, junior special education and art major from Rock Springs, Wyo., “The Relationship Between Word Use Fluency and Reading Comprehension Among Caucasian and Native American Students;” Adriane Bohlender, junior elementary education and special education major from Spearfish, “Teammates in Learning: A Unique Collaboration Between Higher and Lower Education;” and Laura Saucerman, senior elementary education and special education major from Spearfish, “When ‘Smart’ Isn’t Good Enough: Social Challenged of Gifted Students.”

One art and media studies abstract will be presented by Sarah O’Donnell, junior education and art major from Spearfish, “Is Beautiful Art in the Eye of the Beholder, or in the Eye of the Trained Mind?”

Psychology abstracts include: Jeanie Stockland, senior psychology major from Spearfish, “The Associations Between Negative Childhood Experiences, Alcohol Problems, and Risky Sex;” Casey Allington, senior psychology major from Spearfish, ”Examining Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Depression: What is the Correlation?;” Nathanial Diede, senior psychology major from Spearfish, “Are Different Varieties of Impulsivity Associated with Gambling and Drinking Problems?;” Matthew Luebeck, sophomore psychology major from Spearfish, “Are Negative Childhood Experience and 5-HTTLPR Genotype Associated with Alcohol Problems?;” Jim Hellekson, senior psychology major from Faith, “Negative Childhood Experiences are Associated with Higher Impulsivity in Women, but not in Men;” and Laura Nord, recent BHSU graduate from Spearfish, “Gender Moderates the Association Between the Serotonin Transporter Polymorphism (5-HTTLPR) Gene and Eating Problems.”

A microbiology and immunology abstract was accepted by Polly Hall, senior pre-medicine major from Sheridan, Wyo., “Mechanism of Resistance to Silver Compounds in Dermatophytic Fungi.”

A biology abstract will be presented by Mark Mazza II, senior pre-wildlife management major from Spearfish, “Comparing Chronic Wasting Disease Susceptibility of White-Tailed Deer in South Dakota.”

Dr. Len Austin, professor of education at BHSU, will be presenting his abstract entitled, “Creating an Undergraduate Research Conference on Your Campus.”

For more information on NCUR, contact Dr. Holly Downing at HollyDowning@BHSU.edu or call 642-6056. You can also visit the NCUR website at www.ncur.org.