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Student Research Symposium 

The School of Mines and Technology held the 6th annual Research Symposium on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.  Make plans for next year's Symposium, which will be held on April 5, 2016.


Winners from the 6th annual Student Research Symposium were:

  • Ashley Kern, a sophomore in chemical engineering from Braham, Minn., was awarded Best Overall in the Undergraduate Division, and
  •  Trent Nelson, a graduate in chemical engineering from Sisseton, S.D., was awarded Best Overall in the Graduate Division, each with $500 cash prizes.

Graduate and undergraduate students presented their research on topics including nanoparticle ink for covert printing and anti-counterfeiting; Sanford Underground Research Facility experiments; printed reactive formulations to counter weapons of mass destruction; methods to mass produce Ebola fighting antibodies; and energy-efficient wastewater reuse in power plants.

Students showcased their research in nearly 100 oral and poster presentations.

Other winners were:

  • Undergraduate Poster 1st Place, $500: William Bane, a senior in metallurgical engineering from Norfolk, Neb.
  • Undergraduate Poster 2nd Place, $300: Jevin Meyerink, senior in applied biological sciences from Platte, S.D.
  • Undergraduate Poster 3rd Place, $200 each: (Tie) Donald Skillings, a graduate in chemical engineering from Nassau, Minn., and Jordan Hoops, senior in applied biological sciences from Rapid City
  • Undergraduate Oral 1st Place, $500: Ashley Kern, a sophomore in chemical engineering from Braham, Minn.
  • Undergraduate Oral 2nd Place, $300: Christopher Schiller, a senior in geology from Camas, Wash.
  • Undergraduate Oral 3rd Place, $200: Kristen O’Connor, a senior in civil and environmental engineering from Gillette, Wyo.
  • Graduate Poster 1st Place, $500: Rika Beck, a graduate in chemical engineering from Rapid City
  • Graduate Poster 2nd Place, $300: Erik Vik, a graduate in civil and environmental engineering from Yankton, S.D.
  • Graduate Poster 3rd Place, $200: Mariah Slovacek, a graduate in paleontology from Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Graduate Oral 1st Place, $500: Trent Nelson, a graduate in chemical engineering from Sisseton, S.D.
  • Graduate Oral 2nd Place, $300: Tyler Adams, a graduate in civil & environmental engineering from Newell, S.D.
  • Graduate Oral 3rd Place, $200 each: (Tie) Jacey Wipf, a graduate in atmospheric & environmental sciences from Vermillion, S.D., and Ozan Ozdemir, a graduate in mechanical engineering from Istanbul, Turkey

The Research Symposium is open to all graduates and undergraduates. Separate prizes will be awarded to graduates and undergraduates. Students may apply to give either an oral presentation using PowerPoint slides or a poster presentation, but not both. The subject of the research presentation is left entirely to the individual. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, reports on ongoing or completed research or design projects, or reviews of recent advances in some branch of engineering, science and mathematics, or humanities and social sciences.

1st Prize - $500  -  2nd Prize - $300  -  3rd Prize - $200 

Overall Best Paper - $500 

 
In the case of multiple authors, the prize will be awarded to the author who presents the paper. If students have questions regarding research projects for the symposium, they should check with their department head or chair.