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Release Date Friday, April 5, 2019

Astronaut to Speak at Largest Science Fair in Mines History

RAPID CITY, SD (April 5, 2019) — Astronaut Winston Scott  is the keynote speaker at the High Plains Regional Science and Engineering Fair  at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the King Center on the campus of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. ( map here).

Scott is a retired US Navy Captain and aviator. He was selected to become an astronaut by NASA in 1992. He served as a mission specialist and logged more than 24 days in space including three spacewalks totaling over 19 hours. Scott will speak to attendees at the science fair.

A record number of more than 720 students in grades 6 through 12 will take part in the 64th annual science fair. Science fair projects are open to the public from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and the awards ceremony begins at 3 p.m. The winner of the fair will compete in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair with an all-expense paid trip to Pennsylvania for the student and a chaperone. Last year’s winner, Elsie DuBray, received a fourth-place award in the biochemistry category at the international fair. To see the 2019 winners, click here

Some notable projects this year include Heat Conversion with Thermoelectric Generators, the Effects of Graphene and Other Materials on Vehicle Efficiency, Medicinal Uses of Native American Plants, and Orographic Lift and Snowfall in the Black Hills.

The 10th annual SD Mines Student Research Symposium is also being held on Tuesday, April 9 on campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Surbeck Center.  This year’s Research Symposium showcases 106 undergraduate and graduate students who will present their findings with both poster and oral presentations. The symposium begins at 8 a.m. and continues through 4 p.m. A schedule booklet will be available at the check-in table inside Surbeck with each student’s presentation time noted. Scott will also serve as the keynote speaker for the invite-only symposium banquet that evening. 

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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 2,654 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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