Jaret at SanfordBlack Hills State University will host the 11th annual Black Hills Research Symposium in Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus March 24-26. The symposium includes student research presentations as well as a keynote address by Dr. Jaret Heise of the Sanford Lab at Homestake.

Dr. Jaret Heise is the science liaison director at the Sanford Lab at Homestake in Lead. He graduated with a Ph.D in particle astrophysics from the University of British Columbia in May 2002. His accomplishments include participation in the SNO experiment at Homestake Mine where 1000 metric tons of heavy water and roughly 10,000 light sensors were used to resolve the Solar Netrino Problem; postdoctoral work at Los Alamos National Lab; and consultant on the successor experiment that studied low-energy solar neutrinos as well as neutrinoless double-beta decay. He has been actively involved in underground science since 1996.

The annual research symposium at BHSU is a showcase for undergraduate research conducted at BHSU across various disciplines. The symposium continues to provide students a unique opportunity to work closely with a faculty sponsor in developing a research project suitable for presentation to the public. Posters describing the faculty-mentored research of BHSU undergraduates will be displayed March 24-26, in the main lobby of Meier Hall.

This year’s symposium features 22 students who will make poster presentations and six students who will deliver oral presentations. Poster presenters will be on hand to answer questions in regard to their research Wednesday, March 25 from 3-5 p.m.

The public is invited to join BHSU faculty, students, and staff at the student research oral presentations, which will be delivered in the choir room from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday, March 26. There will be a reception in the Meier Hall lobby following the presentations; at 12:30 p.m. student awards will be presented by Dr. Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU. The keynote address by Heise will then be presented.

The Black Hills Research Symposium is open to the public at no cost. For more information or to request special accommodations for the symposium, please contact Dr. Michael Zehfus, professor of science at 642-6028 or email MichaelZehfus@BHSU.edu.