Dr. Jose R. Alonso
The 10th annual Black Hills Research Symposium (BHRS) will be held April 1-3 in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room on the Black Hills State University campus.

The symposium will include student research presentations as well as a keynote address by Dr. Jose Alonso, laboratory director for the new Sanford Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory at the former Homestake Mine in Lead. The BHRS Awards Ceremony and a reception will follow the keynote address.

Alonso will present “Creating the Sanford Underground Science & Engineering Laboratory at Homestake” Thursday, April 3 at 2 p.m. in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. In his address, Alonso will speak on the overall progress of creating the Sanford Laboratory, reopening the venerable Homestake Mine, reaching the rising water as safely and quickly as possible, and proposed experiments at various levels underground.

Alonso, who has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from M.I.T., has held positions at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a staff physicist, research physicist, manager, and co-principal investigator.

During this year’s symposium 12 students will give poster presentations and seven students will give oral presentations. Posters describing the faculty-mentored research of BHSU undergraduates will be on display in the lobby outside the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room Tuesday, April 1 through Thursday, April 3. Poster presenters will be on hand to answer questions regarding their research Wednesday, April 2 from 3-4 p.m. Oral presentations will be given Thursday, April 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

The symposium, a showcase for undergraduate research conducted at BHSU, provides students from across various disciplines with the unique opportunity to work closely with a faculty sponsor in developing a research project suitable for presentation to the public.

The Black Hills Research Symposium is open to the public at no cost. For more information or to request special accommodations, contact the BHSU College of Arts and Sciences at 642-6056.