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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( June 1, 1999)
SDSM& T TO HOST UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROGRAMS
BEGINNING JUNE 1
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T) will host two undergraduate research programs beginning June 1, 1999. Fourteen students from SDSM& T and universities from around the nation will begin two months of research with faculty at Tech. These students are part of the National Science Foundation supported Research Experience for Undergraduates Site ( NSF REU), and the All Nationals Alliance for Minority Participation ( AMP) Undergraduate Bridge Program.
The NSF REU site places students with faculty to study “ Molecular Level Modification of Surfaces.” Tech faculty supporting the NSF REU site as mentors include from the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering department, Professors David Dixon, Steven McDowell, Jan Puszynski, and Robb Winter. Professor Ken Han from the Materials Science and Engineering department will be supporting the site as well.
The NSF All Nationals AMP program’s primary goal is to provide opportunities to Native Americans pursuing science, engineering and mathematics careers. One such opportunity is the Undergraduate Bridge Program where students work with faculty on their research. Mentor’s for the AMP program include Tech Professors Bruce Berdanier and Scott Kenner. Professor Judy Sneller, Humanities, spearheads the communication skills development workshops for both programs.
At the end of the two- month period, the undergraduate researchers will be presenting their work to their peers and the campus community.
Students from SDSM& T participating include Robert Whipple of Rapid City, civil and environmental engineering; Traci Costello of Sioux Falls, chemical engineering; Darrel Gebes of Omaha NE, chemical engineering; Connie Giroux of Rapid City, chemistry; Erik Koski of Rapid City, chemical engineering; and Michelle While of Oakdale MN, chemical engineering. Students participating from Oglala Lakota College include Heather Hatfield, Carly Shangreau, Patricia Hammond, Louie Arguello, and Rana Kingi.
( I: univrel/ pressrel/ 0599 Undergraduate Research Programs)
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