Black Hills State University will host the 13th Annual Black Hills Research Symposium in Clare and Josef Meier Hall March 22-24. In addition to showcasing BHSU student research, the symposium will present a keynote address by Dr. Stephen Caliendo, associate professor of political science at North Central College at Naperville, Ill., Thursday, March 24 at 2 p.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall.

Caliendo has earned his master and doctorate degrees from Purdue University and was co-author and co-editor (with Charlton McIlwain) of two recently published books: “The Routledge Companion to Race and Ethnicity,” published November 2010, and “Race Appeal: How Candidates invoke Race in U.S. Political Campaigns.

Caliendo centers his research on political communication and political psychology. He is co-director of The Project on Race in Political Communication, which seeks to provide information through social science research and public commentary, about the way race and politics interact with language. He regularly serves as an analyst for media outlets, and his work has been presented and published widely.

The symposium is a showcase for student research conducted at BHSU and other institutions in the Black Hills across various disciplines. 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.

Posters describing the faculty-mentored research of BHSU students will be displayed Tuesday-Thursday, March 22-24, in the main hallway of Meier Hall. Students will be on hand to answer questions in regard to their respective research from 3-5 p.m. on Wed., March 23.

The public is invited to join BHSU faculty, students, and staff for the student presentations Thursday, March 24 in Meier Recital Hall from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. A reception will follow in the Meier Hall lobby at 1:30 p.m. The student awards ceremony and keynote address will begin at 2 p.m.

The Black Hills Research Symposium is free and open to the public. For more information or to request special accommodations for the symposium, call 605-642-6056 or visit www.BHSU/Research.