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( July 28, 1999)
STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN SUMMER PROGRAM AT SDSM& T TO PRESENT THEIR RESEARCH THURSDAY, JULY 29
For the last two months fourteen students from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) and schools around the United States have been participating in the National Science Foundation supported Research Experience for Undergraduates Site ( REU) program and All Nations Alliance for Minority Participation ( AMP) Research program. On Thursday, July 29 from 10: 00 am- 12: 00 and 2: 00- 4: 00 pm the students will be presenting their research in Classroom Building room 106.
“ The REU/ AMP undergraduate researchers are given the opportunity to work side- by- side with faculty mentors and graduate students gaining invaluable research experience in their field of study,” said Robb Winter, Professor of Chemical Engineering. “ The entire REU/ AMP experience is designed to help the students gain a greater perspective into their career choice and the research enterprise.”
The various projects the students worked on this year focused on surface science and environmental engineering. The surface science projects dealt with understanding and controlling corrosion, synthesizing novel molecules, creating novel polymeric materials using supercritical fluids, synthesizing novel ceramic materials, and investigating fundamental aspects of polymer matrix composites. Tech professors supporting the program include Dr. Ken Han, Materials Science and Engineering, and Dr. Steven McDowell, Dr. David Dixon, Dr. Jan Puszynski, and Dr. Robb Winter, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Drs. Bruce Berdanier and Scott Kenner lead the environmental engineering effort where they have dealt with water quality issues and studied Native American traditional approaches to water and land management.
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