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Release Date Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Symposium Showcases Student Research at SD Mines

RAPID CITY, SD (March 28, 2018) – Students from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will present their research at the 9th annual Student Research Symposium Tuesday, April 3, in the Surbeck Center.

Undergraduate and graduate students will showcase their research through oral and poster presentations on science and engineering topics that include neutrino and dark matter research, dynamic imaging of biological cells, surface modification of nanoparticles, biotechnology and materials processing using cold spray, friction stir welding and other high-tech processes.

This event is open to faculty, students, media and community members. All are welcome to view the posters and attend the talks. Oral and poster presentations will begin at 8 a.m. and continue through 4 p.m. A schedule booklet will be available at the check-in table inside Surbeck with each student’s presentation time noted.

“Strong participation of undergraduate and graduate students in the symposium is the result of a significant growth of research activities on the campus and faculty dedication,” said Jan Puszynski, Ph.D., Vice President for Research at SD Mines.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three presentations in both undergraduate and graduate categories for oral and poster presentations. The awards ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Surbeck Center Ballroom.

The keynote speaker is Dr. John Berdahl, MD. Berdahl earned his medical doctorate, graduating with honors from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., and completed his residency at Duke University in Durham, N.C., where his published work, research, teaching and care of patients has earned him many honors. 

As a fellow at Minnesota Eye Consultants, he received the Claes Dohlman Society Award from Harvard University, which is given to the top cornea fellow in the country. Originally from Hills, Minn., Berdahl received his undergraduate degree from Augustana University in Sioux Falls. Berdahl has published numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles, and his extensive research has been presented nationally and internationally. His commitment to those in need is demonstrated by his leadership role in EyeCare America (which provides free eye care to the underserved) and his numerous surgical mission trips he continues to participate in worldwide.


About SD Mines  

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 2,529 students with an average class size of 24. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $63,350. Find us online at sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Lynn Taylor Rick, (605) 394-2554 , Lynn.TaylorRick@sdsmt.edu

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