BHSU students present research at American Chemical Society conference

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, May 21, 2015/Categories: 2015








           Black Hills state University student Michael Hurst, biology and chemistry major from Spearfish, presented research during a National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Denver recently.



Black Hills State University students presented research to an international audience during a meeting of the American Chemical Society in Denver, recently.  

Six BHSU students presented their research, completed with faculty mentors Dr. Katrina Jensen and Dr. Dan Asunskis, both assistant professors of chemistry at BHSU. Students presented their research posters to undergraduates, graduate students, professors and professionals from around the world, exposing BHSU students to new research and advanced learning opportunities.

"Students get opportunities to present their research in a large setting and work with other graduate students and professors. They get to learn a lot," Jensen said.

For Alicia Benz, biology major from Killdeer, N.D., the ACS conference was her first national conference.

"I loved being able to explain to people our research, why it&rsquos important and then getting their feedback," Benz said.

Benz presented research that she completed with fellow BHSU student Ariana Coover, biology major from Peyton, Colo. Benz added the conference was a great opportunity build public speaking skills and promote the future of science.

Michael Hurst, biology and chemistry major from Spearfish, enjoyed the variety of research from undergraduates to professionals in the chemistry field, he said. He added that the overall theme of the conference, sustainable or green chemistry, offered diverse and interesting research topics.

The BHSU students&rsquo work was well-received at the conference, Jensen said. She added that the students gained positive feedback for their high-quality and competitive research.

Attendance at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society was one of several at which BHSU students have presented recently. Students in a variety of disciplines attended the National Conference for Undergraduate Research in Spokane, Wash., and science students presented research at Capitol Hill during the spring semester.

"The professors at B-H really help us in expanding our horizons and pushing us to the right limits," Benz said. "Experience in the lab is so important for any graduate."

"It&rsquos just so rewarding. It&rsquos one of the best parts of my job. You get to work one-on-one with the students and see them learning in a hands-on setting," Jensen said. "They get to apply the things they learned in class. To see them figure that out and make a connection, it&rsquos amazing."

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