The 26th annual Black Hills Research Symposium (BHRS) hosted by Black Hills State University will be held March 26-28. The symposium will feature a keynote address by Mike Headley, executive director of South Dakota Science and Technology Authority (SDSTA) and laboratory director of Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF).  

On March 27, oral presentations will take place from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Swarts conference room and the Clifford and Karen Trump conference room inside the Student Union. Poster presentations will occur later that day from 3-5 p.m. in the Hive Lobby of the Student Union. Posters will remain on display through March 28.  

The keynote address “SURF: 2035 & Beyond” by Headley will be held March 28 at 4 p.m. in Meier Hall Auditorium. The address will focus on the past, present, and future of SURF. Headley will also discuss the research conducted at SURF and the impact it has on the global and local community. All symposium events are free and open to the public.  

“BHSU students and their faculty mentors work hard on cutting-edge scholarship that contributes to important new knowledge about the world we live in and problems facing it. The BHRS is an opportunity for students to share their work with the campus and community in a supportive and engaging environment,” said Dr. Trenton Ellis, associate professor of human services at BHSU. “It is also an opportunity for community members to visit campus and learn about the remarkable scholarship happening at BHSU across our diverse programs.” 

For more information about the symposium, visit Persons with disabilities requesting accommodations for this event may call Trenton Ellis at 605.642.1283 or email