Thirteen students from the University of South Dakota were recently selected to participate in the U. Discover Research Scholar Program this summer.
A project of the Council for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, students apply to the program and undergo a competitive selection process. The program is designed to give undergraduate students in any academic field experience in conducting a scholarly research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
Selected students participate as a group in bi-weekly lunch hour presentations on various topics related to conducting research activities and learn from their peers about research in different disciplines.
Research scholars are required to maintain a journal about the process of conducting their research.
In addition, scholars will present their project at the South Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network poster session at the Sanford School of Medicine and IdeaFest 2013.
Summer 2012 undergraduate participants, their faculty sponsors and disciplines include: Adrian Ries of Elk Point and Dr. John Koster (Music Performance—Piano); Christine Rinehart of Tea and Dr. Elizabeth Moore (Biology and Mathematics); Collin Michels of Yankton and Dr. Brian Hensel (Biology and Spanish); Daniel Davies of Vermillion and Dr. Gina Forster (Biology and History); Hanna McElroy of Sioux City, IA, and Dr. Sandy McKeown (Political Science and Criminal Justice); Jennifer Dumdie of Selby, SD, and Dr. Jose Flores (Biology and Mathematics); Jordana Lamb of Vienna, SD, and Dr. Hugh Britten (Biology and Psychology); Kaitlin Branick of Sioux Falls and Dr. Khosrow Rezvani (Biology and Chemistry); Marcus Tjeerdsma of Tyndall and Dr. J. Scott Pattison (Biology); Nate Buchholz of Monroe, SD, and Dr. Cory Knedler (Studio Art); Stephen Bollinger of Pierre and Dr. Evelyn Schlenker (Chemistry and Psychology); Thomas Bickett of Rapid City and Dr. Victor Huber (Biology); Trevor Watson of Sioux Falls and Dr. Victor Huber (Biology and Spanish).
The Council for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (CURCA) is a group of faculty and staff whose goal is to advance research and creative scholarship among undergraduate students at USD.
CURCA oversees the operation of Undergraduate Research Mini-grants, U. Discover Scholars, and IdeaFest, and supports the Pierre Poster Session, Posters on the Hill, and attendance at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR).