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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( August 4, 2000)
RESULTS OF STUDENT REU RESEARCH PRESENTED IN POSTER SESSION
AT SDSM& T FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2000
The Research for Undergraduates program ( REU) wound up on Friday, July 28 with a Poster Session in the Surbeck Center. The seven students presented the results of their assigned research projects to interested students, professors, and the public.
The REU program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, aims to expand student participation in all types of research, and is open to undergraduate students. The program allows students to experience first- hand how basic research is carried out.
One of the special features of this program is the emphasis on faculty- student mentoring, developing the research and communication skills of the participants. 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.
" The primary focus of our REU site is to provide an opportunity to Chemical Engineering students from across the country and opportunity to experience first- hand the excitement of performing research.” said Dr. Robb Winter, Professor of Chemical Engineering “ Dr. Sneller guides the participants in developing their communications skills which is another important aspect of our program."
Dr. Sneller added “ It is really wonderful to see the students' excitement about actually DOING research, putting their textbook knowledge to the test, as it were. It's also exciting for me, as an English professor, to see the students take their communication skills so seriously and use this REU summer as a chance to practice writing, speaking, reading, researching, and designing documents.”
" This year students came from MIT, Washington State, and Oglala Lakota College as well as SDSM& T,” Dr. Winter continues “ Not only did this group excel in our research labs but they developed strong ties among themselves during soccer, basketball, picnics, and other social events. I hope these ties last for years to come."
Photo Caption: REU students and professors pose for a group shot after the REU Poster Session on July 28. From left: Dr. Judy Sneller, Dr. Robb Winter, Bob Cunningham ( SDSM& T), Misty Rose Mousseaux ( Oglala Lakota College), Keith Flanagan ( SDSM& T), Lindsey Peterson ( Washington State), Danielle Smith ( MIT), Debbie Morgan ( SDSM& T), Ryan Caldwell ( SDSM& T)
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