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Release Date Monday, March 18, 2019

Registration is open for the 2019 Graduate Women in Science National Conference

The GWIS Black Hills chapter is hosting this year’s conference titled, “Communicating Science to Connect, Lead, and Empower.”


The national conference of the Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) is planned for June 20-22, at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City. The GWIS Black Hills chapter is hosting this year’s conference titled, “Communicating Science to Connect, Lead, and Empower.”

GWIS Black Hills is accepting abstracts for lightning talks and posters showcasing STEM research. Undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who present a poster are eligible to win prizes. Learn more, submit abstracts and register for this conference here.  

National conference attendees can also take in the sights in the nearby Black Hills and Badlands, which are home to multiple state and national parks, including Mt. Rushmore. 

GWIS is also offering free registration for a limited number of students who qualify for sponsorships. Those attending South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Sisseton Wahpeton College, Oglala Lakota College, Sinte Gleska College and Sitting Bull College are eligible. Students should email blackhills@gwis.org if they are interested in a sponsorship. The event is open to members of the public to attend as well, however there is conference fee.

Graduate Women in Science aims to connect, lead and empower women in science. The first GWIS chapter was established in 1921. Today the organization has a global reach.

Conference Highlights Include:

•     Pre-conference networking event includes a scenic drive through the Black Hills, a wine tasting and dinner at Prairie Berry Winery and a visit to Mt. Rushmore.

•     Science Communication Workshop to enhance your science and engineering communication skills. The workshop will guide attendees in effectively engaging audiences of all ages in their area of expertise. This event is in collaboration with the South Dakota Discovery Center and the NSF-funded Portal to the Public.

•      An underground tour of the Sanford Underground Research Facility located in Lead.

•      Multiple opportunities to see rocks, minerals and fossils during tours of the Museum of Geology at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

Featured Speakers:

•     Dr. Scyller Borglum, Engineer, RESPEC; South Dakota House of Representatives, District 32

•     Dr. Laura Chandler, Director, Center for Diversity and Community, University of South Dakota

•     Cabot-Ann Christofferson, Liaison to Sanford Underground Research Facility for the MAJORANA Demonstrator, research scientist at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

•     Dr. Lisa Kunza, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

•      Tatewin Means, Executive Director, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation

Featured Communication Panelists:

•      Dr. Cheryl Chapman, Vice President, Louis Berger

•      Jade Herman, Special Projects Coordinator, Office of the President, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

•      Dr. Katrina Jensen, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Black Hills State University

•      Dr. Namita Shrestha, Instructor, University of Wisconsin - Platteville

•      Dr. Rhea Waldman, Education Director, South Dakota Discovery Center

Contact blackhills@gwis.org for any questions.



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: Mike Ray, 605-394-6082, mike.ray@sdsmt.edu

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