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Release Date Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Undergraduate, Graduate Student Researchers Awarded

Rika Beck, Chemical & Biological Engineering, was awarded Best Overall Graduate Winner at the 2016 SD Mines Research Symposium for her project entitled “Electrospun Carbon Nanofiber Membranes for Water Treatment Applications.” She is pictured with President Heather Wilson. 

RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 13, 2016) – Student researchers at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology were honored at the 7th annual Student Research Symposium held on campus.

This year 100 undergraduate and graduate students presented 52 posters and 48 oral presentations. Nearly 40 Mines professors from all disciplines served as judges.

The keynote address on “The Role of University Research: Why Is It Important” was delivered by Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Demitris Kouris, Ph.D.

The following students received awards:

Graduates

  • Graduate Best Overall Winner, $500: Rika Beck (Chemical & Biological Engineering, “Electrospun Carbon Nanofiber Membranes for Water Treatment Applications”)
  • Graduate Poster 1st place, $500: Nan Zheng (Nanoscience & Nanoengineering, “Antiphase Domains in GaAs Thin Films Grown on Low-Cost, Flexible Substrates by Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition”)
  • Graduate Poster 2nd place, $300: Tao Xu (Chemistry & Applied Biological Sciences, “Electrospun Polycaprolactone Three-Dimensional Nanofibrous Scaffold with Interconnected and Hierarchically Structured Pores for Bone Tissue Engineering”)
  • Graduate Poster 3rd place, $200: Tie-Eric Schmid (Nanoscience & Nanoengineering, “Mechanical Properties of Reinforced Polymer Foams”) & Amy Hor (Nanoscience & Nanoengineering, “Correlated Fluorescence-Atomic Force Microscopy Studies of the Clathrin Mediated Endocytosis in SKMEL Cells”) 
  • Graduate Oral 1st place, $500: Rika Beck (Chemical & Biological Engineering, “Electrospun Carbon Nanofiber Membranes for Water Treatment Applications”) 
  • Graduate Oral 2nd place, $300: Jon Fisher (Nanoscience & Nanoengineering, “3-Dimensional Imaging of Auxin and Cytokinin Localization in Transgenic Soybean and Medicago truncatula Root Organs via Two-Photon Induced Fluorescence Imaging”)
  • Graduate Oral 3rd place, $200 each: Matthew Wilcox (Chemical & Biological Engineering, “Solution Combustion Synthesized Lithium Cobalt Oxide as a Catalytic Precursor for the Hydrolysis of Sodium Borohydride”)

Undergraduates

  • Undergraduate Best Overall Winner, $500: Walker Hoolehan (Chemistry & Applied Biological Sciences, “Determining the Base Preference for Intercalation of Tryptanthrins in DNA Using a Novel Assay for Drug: DNA Binding Interaction”)
  • Undergraduate Poster 1st place, $500: Conrad Farnsworth (Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, “Development of a Low-Cost Multispectral Imager”)
  • Undergraduate Poster 2nd place, $300: Tait Earney (Geology & Geological Engineering, “Investigation of the Occurrence of Erionite and Potential Enrichment Zones at Reva Gap in Harding County, S.D.”)
  • Undergraduate Poster 3rd place, $200 each: Laura Rochlitz (Geology & Geological Engineering, “A Case Study in Medical Geology: Investigation of the Geologic Controls on Black Hills Radon Rates”)
  • Undergraduate Oral 1st place, $500: Walker Hoolehan (Chemistry & Applied Biological Sciences, “Determining the Base Preference for Intercalation of Tryptanthrins in DNA Using a Novel Assay for Drug: DNA Binding Interaction”)
  • Undergraduate Oral 2nd place, $300: Jason Phillips (Civil & Environmental Engineering, “Green Roofs for a Sustainable Future”)
  • Undergraduate Oral 3rd place, $200: James Mishoulam (Geology & Geological Engineering Department, “Analyzing Stomach Contents and Possible Diets of Mosasaurs in the Western Interior Seaway”)

 

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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 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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