RAPID CITY, S.D. (July 23, 2014) – Undergraduate students from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and universities nationwide who have spent the summer on the Mines campus researching metallurgical engineering, anti-counterfeiting and security printing and communications will present their work at a statewide symposium this week in Pierre.
The 29 students who participated in three Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs at Mines will join more than 75 peers from other REU sites Friday, July 25. The first poster session will take place from 9-11 a.m. and the second from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel.
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s SD Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, the sessions are open to the public and media.
State officials, NSF program personnel and Board of Regent members have also been invited to attend, offering students the opportunity to network with leaders in the fields of research and education.
SD Mines is one of only two universities in the state to have three active REU sites, with 17 students from other universities throughout the country joining the 12 Mines students this year.
In its inaugural summer, the REU site ““Bringing Us Together, Improving Communications and Lives” exposed undergraduates to hands-on research in communications related to the country’s economy and defense. Students investigated topics including antennas for use in ground-penetrating radars and land mind detection and analysis of bio-medical imagery, which allows for the detection of tumors. Students also explored wireless communications and networking, aimed at optimizing a frequency spectrum overburdened with wireless devices like cell phones and GPS.
Exposing students to four key areas, the “Security Printing & Anti-Counterfeiting” REU site included research on advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and patterning technologies, detection and encryption technology and software and database infrastructure.
“Back to the Future” focused on metallurgical engineering, exploring a range of topics including welding, minerals processing, nanotechnology, alloy chemistry, microstructural interrogation and electronics materials.
All sites have made recruitment of underrepresented groups in engineering, including Native Americans, women and veterans, a priority through opportunities that provide a historical and cultural framework for current research, such as a project centered on analysis of Native American artifacts using advanced technologies.
Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,640 students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for graduates is $62,020 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sdsmt and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sdsmt.