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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( June 1, 1999)
LOCAL STUDENT TO PARTICIPATE IN SDSM& T UNDERGRADUATE
Michelle While of Oakdale is participating in undergraduate research programs at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T). While is a chemical engineering major at Tech. The programs began today, June 1, and will extend through the end of July. 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.
Other students from Tech participating in the programs and their hometowns include: Robert Whipple, Connie Giroux, and Erik Koski of Rapid City; Darrel Gebes of Omaha NE; and Traci Costello of Sioux Falls.
( I: univrel/ pressrel/ 0699 Undergraduate Research Programs local Oakdale MN)
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