SD EPSCoR to host Undergraduate Research Symposium

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BROOKINGS, S.D. – July 25, 2016 – The South Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (SD EPSCoR) is scheduled to host the third annual Undergraduate Research Symposium Sunday July 31 and Monday August 1, 2016 at the Ramkota RiverCentre Conference Center in Pierre.

More than 150 undergraduate students from South Dakota’s public, private and tribal universities who participated in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and the Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) undergraduate summer research programs will present at Monday’s symposium. Those attending the symposium include researchers, students, government partners and South Dakota graduate school recruiters. The general public is welcome to attend the poster sessions from 9-11 a.m.and 12:30-2:30 p.m. CDT.

REU site programs are awarded by the National Science Foundation and BRIN programs are awarded by the National Institutes of Health to support active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the two agencies.

Sunday’s symposium schedule includes a workforce opportunities panel who will discuss STEM graduate education, workforce and STEM employment opportunities in South Dakota. Monday’s speakers include Joerg C. Schlatterer, NSF EHR program director in the Division of Graduate Education, who will discuss NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program; and Camille Griffith, Black Hills State University graduate student, who will talk about her experiences as a current GRFP recipient.

SD EPSCoR is funded by the National Science Foundation (Grant IIA-1355423) and by the state of South Dakota.

For more information, contact Mj Powers at (605) 688-6245 or mj.powers@sdstate.edu.

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