Students from the 2013 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) sites will present their research ranging from processes to improve medical implants to anti-counterfeiting technology from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Aug. 9 in the Christensen Hall of Fame at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. The event is open to the public and media.
For the past five summers, the School of Mines has offered undergraduate students a chance to experience Back to the Future, a 10-week REU summer program featuring research projects in metallurgical engineering.
Supported by the National Science Foundation, students from around the country explore a range of topics including welding, minerals processing, nanotechnology, alloy chemistry, microstructural interrogation and electronics materials, while weaving in prevailing historical, social or artistic themes.
This year, the university hosted a new 10-week REU site, as well, focused on security printing and anti-counterfeiting technology. Exposing students to four key areas in security printing including advanced materials, advanced manufacturing/patterning technologies, detection and encryption technology and software and database infrastructure, this REU site also hosted a number of technical seminars that showcase important trends in security and counterfeiting issues.
Both sites have made recruitment of underrepresented groups in engineering, including Native Americans and women, a priority through research opportunities that provide a unique historical and cultural framework for current research, such as a project centered on analysis of Native American artifacts using advanced technologies.
As part of the Pre-engineering Education Collaborative program, designed to recruit more Native American youth into engineering fields, high school students will also present their research on Friday.
Dr. Boysen said he thought this year the poster session was from 10-11 a.m. with the ceremony at noon. Which would you like me to put?