Joanna Vandever, a junior psychology major from Spearfish, has been selected to attend the University of Minnesota’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program in Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences.

Vandever will work full-time work in the research lab, attend seminars and workshops and have the opportunity to tour state-of-the-art research labs. At the end of the program, she will prepare a paper and poster on her research and present at a symposium, which includes REU students in other areas.

For the program, Vandever’s mentor will be Dr. William Iacono, associate professor at the University of Minnesota. Iacono’s research involves the study of twins and adoptees at risk for developing substance use disorders, and the accuracy and use of polygraph tests.

Vandever was selected from among more than 200 applicants. Selection is based on application answers, faculty recommendations, transcripts, and the match of applicants’ interests with those of participating faculty. Vandever will earn four upper level credit hours, paid for by the program, and will also receive a $4,000 stipend, as well as housing, a meal plan, and transportation to and from Minneapolis.

Vandever found out about summer psychology research program last summer while attending the American Psychological Association’s Summer Science Institute, a week-long program held at the University of Minnesota.

Vandever, who is a member of the Honors Program and Dr. Stoltenberg’s research team, recently presented at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research. She plans to attend graduate school and obtain a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience or behavior genetics.