18th Annual Research Symposium:
The Black Hills Research Symposium is an interdisciplinary conference to showcase undergraduate research activity in the Black Hills region being held March 23-24, 2016.
We invite submissions from undergraduate and graduate university students in the Black Hills to present posters or to give oral presentations describing completed scholarly work. Student work must be done in collaboration with a faculty research mentor. An interdisciplinary faculty committee will review submissions for acceptance.
During the Black Hills Research Symposium, a panel of experts will judge student presentations for student feedback. Abstracts for the 18th Annual BH Research Symposium are due February 26, 2016.
Dr. Jaret Heise is the Science Director at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, South Dakota, having joined the project in September 2008. He graduated with a Ph.D in particle astrophysics from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada in May 2002. His accomplishments include participation in the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) experiment at an underground laboratory in Canada, where 1000 metric tons of heavy water and roughly 10,000 light sensors were used to resolve the Solar Neutrino Problem that was first posed by Ray Davis based on results from the Homestake Chlorine Experiment. (Incidentally, the SNO experiment was awarded a share of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics!) Dr. Heise went on to hold a postdoctoral position at Los Alamos National Laboratory followed by a leadership role as the SNO Detector Manager based in Sudbury. After the decommissioning of the SNO experiment starting in late 2006, Dr. Heise was involved in the SNO+ project, the successor experiment to SNO that will study low-energy solar neutrinos as well as neutrinoless double-beta decay. Dr. Heise is thrilled to be involved with world-leading experiments at SURF that are seeking to answer some of the most fundamental questions of our time in a variety of research disciplines, including understanding the synthesis of atomic elements within stars, probing the nature of dark matter as well as continuing to understand the mysterious neutrino. He has been actively engaged in underground science for almost 20 years and counting... Learn More