Mines News

Release Date Monday, June 17, 2019

SD Mines Hosts the 2019 Graduate Women in Science National Conference

The Graduate Women in Science Black Hills chapter is hosting this year’s national 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."

The first GWIS chapter was established in 1921, and today the organization has a global reach. Members of the press are welcome to attend and speak with conference organizers about issues pertaining to the mission of GWIS: “To build a global community that inspires, supports, recognizes and empowers women in science. We accomplish that mission by staying true to our three guiding principles: Connect, Lead, and Empower.” The conference will be held at SD Mines’ Surbeck Center. A schedule of events can be found here

Conference Highlights

•     Pre-conference events include: a scenic drive through the Black Hills, a networking social 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 SD Mines. 

Featured Speakers:

•     Cabot-Ann Christofferson, liaison to Sanford Underground Research Facility for the MAJORANA Demonstrator and research scientist at SD Mines. 

•     Tatewin Means, executive director, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation 

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

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

•     Dr. Lisa Kunza, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences, SD Mines. 

Featured Communication Panelists:

•      Dr. Cheryl Chapman, vice president, Banner Associates, Inc. 

•      Jade Herman, special projects coordinator, Office of the President at SD Mines.  

•      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 South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,418 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $68,685. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram and Snapchat.

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

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Jul. 16, 2022
8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
O'Harra Stadium
Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Surbeck Center Ballroom
Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Devereaux Library
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022 - Friday, Aug. 19, 2022
8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.