Student from the U selected for high honor

Student from the U selected for high honor
Luke Hofkamp, a student from The University of South Dakota, is one of nearly 80 undergraduate students from across the United States invited to present at "Posters on the Hill" in Washington, DC on Wednesday, April 25.�

Hofkamp, a senior history major from Rapid City, will present the results of his independent science research as part of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) program. He's the only student from South Dakota to participate in Posters on the Hill. Hofkamp will display his research posters to members of Congress, federal agency funding officers and invited guests in the Rayburn House Office Building.�

"Luke Hofkamp exemplifies the very best of the term 'student athlete,'" described Steven Bucklin, Ph.D., professor, department of history at The U. "As my student, he consistently demonstrated keen insight into the subject matter at hand, whether it was the history of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam or other areas of U.S. foreign policy. I am proud of his accomplishments."

As an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Barry Timms' laboratory, Hofkamp's study consisted of constructing three-dimensional metamorphic images and comparing the volumes of these images to determine if there is a statistical variation. He has also been active in the culturing of cells and the subsequent treatment of these cells.

"Posters on the Hill is an exciting opportunity to draw attention to the talented students and top-notch research that we have in South Dakota," noted Laura Jenski, Ph.D., vice president for research at The University of South Dakota. "We're pleased that our ambassador for this event is Luke; he will represent research well and, in turn, learn a great deal about the atmosphere for research in our nation's capitol."

According to the CUR, students were competitively chosen from just under 400 applicants. Their research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, NASA and many other agencies, including federal, state and private.�

Posters on the Hill offers students an opportunity to share their personal stories and the excitement of their discoveries with members of Congress and professional scientists. They also spend the day visiting the offices of their elected representatives.� The day concludes with a poster session attended by members of Congress, their staffs, and personnel from federal funding agencies.�

� About the Council on Undergraduate Research CUR is a national professional association representing faculty and administrators at nearly 1000 academic institutions.�CUR, and our governmental and private partners, facilitates collaborative research by students and their faculty mentors. We work to provide students with a wide range of opportunities to learn science by doing it.�We provide faculty with opportunities to integrate research into their teaching.�Students with research experience as undergraduates go on to leadership positions throughout our society.

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