The 9th Annual Black Hills Research Symposium will be held in the Jacket Legacy Room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union on the Black Hills State University campus March 13-15. The symposium includes student research presentations as well as a keynote address by Dr. Ben Perryman, assistant director for the Cardiovascular Institute at the University of South Dakota.

The symposium is a showcase for undergraduate research conducted at BHSU across various disciplines. Posters describing the faculty-mentored research of BHSU undergraduates (from all colleges at BHSU) will be displayed from Tuesday-Thursday, March 13-15, in the hallway outside of the Jacket Legacy Room of the Student Union.

Thursday, March 15, the public is invited to join BHSU faculty, students and staff at the student research presentations that will be delivered in the Jacket Legacy Room from 9:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. This year’s symposium features 17 students who will make poster presentations and 13 students who will offer oral presentations. According to Dr. Holly Downing, dean of the college of arts and sciences, the symposium remains true to its roots with a variety of interesting topics from several academic departments. The symposium continues to afford students a unique opportunity to work closely with a faculty sponsor in developing a research project suitable for presentation to the public.

The awards ceremony will be conducted at 2 p.m. in the Jacket Legacy Room followed by a keynote address on the topic of "Biomedical Research: Moving past halfway technology" by Perryman. Dr. Perryman is currently on the Board of Directors, Greater Midwest Affiliate for the American Heart Association in Chicago. He has served on numerous grant review committees for the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health and currently holds three patents. His research interests include studying the function of myotonic dystrophy protein kinase which regulates mitosis and cytokinesis and searching for the defective gene that causes hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a birth defect that interferes with normal heart development. A reception will follow the keynote address.

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 call 642-6091.