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Matthew O. Luebeck, Black Hills State University sophomore psychology major
from Hot Springs, was one of
several undergraduate poster winners at the Black Hills Research Symposium held recently at BHSU. His winning poster was titled “Are Negative Childhood Experience and 5-HTTLPR Genotype Associated with Alcohol Problems?” Luebeck was mentored by Dr. Scott Stoltenberg, associate professor of psychology.

Winners have been announced for the Black Hills Research Symposium that was held recently at Black Hills State University.

The winner for best oral presentation was Josh McDonald, senior sociology major from Sturgis, “A Theoretical Interpretation of Max Weber and The Matrix” McDonald was mentored by Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg, associate professor of history and social science.

The best undergraduate posters were awarded to:

  • Jake Miller, senior biology major from Spearfish - “Microsatellite Development and Characterization in finescale dace (Phoxinus neogaeus) and interspecific amplification in northern redbelly dace (Phoxinus eos).” Miller was mentored by Dr. Cynthia Anderson, research faculty in the Center for the Conservation of Biological Resources (CCBR), and by Dr. Shane Sarver, professor and director of CCBR.
  • Wendy O’Lexey, junior special education major from Rock Springs, Wyo. - “The relationship between Word Use Fluency and Reading Comprehension among Caucasian and Native American students.” O’Lexey was mentored by Dr. Lee Pearce, associate professor of education.
  • Matthew O. Luebeck, sophomore psychology major from Hot Springs - “Are Negative Childhood Experience and 5-HTTLPR Genotype Associated with Alcohol Problems?” Luebeck was mentored by Dr. Scott Stoltenberg, associate professor of psychology.

The award for best graduate poster went to Joseph D. Manthey, from Fond Du Lac, Wisc., who is pursuing a masters degree in integrative genomics. Manthey’s winning poster was titled “Methods for Development of PCR Primers for Twenty Anonymous Nuclear Loci in the Brown Creeper (Certhia americana).” He was mentored by Dr. Garth Spellman, assistant professor of science.

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.