Two USD students selected for session Two University of South Dakota students are among only 60 nationally selected as presenters for the fifth annual Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Poster Session 2001 to be held Thursday, March 29 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
The two students are senior physics, math and history majors Michael Harkness of Elk Point, son of Dale and Carolyn Harkness, and senior biology/psychology major Joel Farmer of Sioux Falls, son of James and Linda Farmer.
According to USD Dean of Research and Graduate Education Royce Engstrom, the event is designed to help members of Congress understand the importance of funding undergraduate research by talking directly with the students about science and science education programs.
"It is crucial that our policymakers see the results of the funding they appropriate and it is equally important that the students see firsthand the federal legislative process and the role of the government in supporting research activities," said Engstrom. "This event accomplishes both of these and it's wonderful to see USD represented so strongly."
"The Undergraduate Research Council and the Office of Research and Graduate Education were thrilled to hear that Joel and Michael were chosen to participate in Posters on the Hill, especially because this national competition is so selective," said Dr. Kurt Hackemer, acting chair of the USD Undergraduate Research Council.
The CUR Poster Session will include a full day of activities for the student participants and their faculty mentors. The day will begin with a morning orientation session, after which students will visit their state representatives' and senators' offices, as well as have an opportunity to tour the Capitol building.