BH Research Symposium to highlight BHSU undergrad research

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, March 17, 2015/Categories: 2015








           The 17th annual Black Hills Research Symposium is March 24-26 at Black Hills State University. The event, which allows BHSU students to showcase their undergraduate research, is free and open to the public.   



Interested in learning how personality affects job satisfaction? Or, how about the geographical history of the Smooth Green Snake?  

The answers to these and many other research questions can be found during the Black Hills State University 17th Annual BH Research Symposium (BHRS) this month.

The BHRS, an interdisciplinary conference that showcases BHSU undergraduate research, is March 24-26 on the BHSU campus. The event is free and open to the public.

This year more than 40 BHSU students are registered for the event, where they will give either a poster or oral presentation on a wide range of research topics including education, English, math, political science, physics, environmental/physical science and biotechnology.  

"Any topic that students hone in on, this is their chance to present that information to their colleagues, classmates and professors and receive feedback," said Desy Schoenewies, associate professor of art at BHSU and co-chair of the BHRS. She added that presenting at the symposium allows students to take that professional feedback and improve their research before heading to graduate school or entering into the workforce.

Academic research topics that will be presented at this year&rsquos symposium include the effects of personality on job satisfaction, the use of blogs as a social media instructional tools and assessing student attributes in developmental math.

"This symposium showcases our ability to allow students to complete intensive research," Schoenewies said. "It also shows the involvement and impact mentors at BHSU have on the students."

BHSU places an emphasis on providing research opportunities to its students. Students have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor to complete research that can be presented to the public. BHSU students can complete research in areas including biomedical, physics, environmental and physical science, psychology, education and business, among others. The University&rsquos close proximity to the Sanford Underground Research Facility adds more advanced research opportunities for students, as well.

In addition to the research presentations, Diane Papageorge, a former art educator who specializes in educating students with learning disabilities, is featured as this year&rsquos keynote speaker. She will speak on Thursday, March 26 at 2 p.m. in Clare &amp Josef Meier Recital Hall.

Papageorge has more than 30 years of experience in elementary art and a unique approach to teaching the creative process.

"She is a very accomplished educator," Schoenewies said. "She&rsquos very dynamic and engaging. Her presentation will showcase how art really facilitates learning."

Papageorge&rsquos address will include an interactive experience where she will demonstrate how students with learning disabilities think differently. She will also discuss her experience receiving the Robert Rauschenberg Scholarship Award for her work with at-risk students and students with learning disabilities.

Papageorge retired from 31 years of teaching elementary education in the Fort Zumwalt School District in 2010. She has been awarded Teacher of the Year in Fort Zumwalt three times and received the Missouri State Art Teacher of the Year award in 2011. Her personal artwork has been displayed in numerous national exhibitions.

The schedule of events includes:

Tuesday, March 24

&middot         Poster presentations, all day, Student Union lobby

Wednesday, March 25

&middot         3 to 5 p.m., Poster Judging, Question and Answer session, Trump Conference Room, Student Union

Thursday, March 26

&middot         8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oral Research Presentations, Swarts and/or Trump Conference Room, Student Union

&middot         1:30 p.m., Reception, Clare and Josef Meier Hall

&middot         2 p.m., Keynote Speaker, Clare and Josef Meier Hall

For more information on the BH Research Symposium, contact Jami Schoenewies at or Dr. Parthasarathi Nag at

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