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8th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference
The eighth annual Undergraduate Research Conference will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Southwest Minnesota State University.
Research projects from SMSU students representing 17 academic areas will be featured, reports event organizer Dr. Emily Deaver, Professor of Environmental Science. “It’s the largest conference we’ve had yet,” she said. “We will have 223 students presenting, and 18 of those students are double presenting (oral and poster presentations).”
Joe Hauger, a senior pollution control specialist at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, will be the keynote speaker at 8:45 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom. Hauger is a 2003 alumnus of SMSU’s Environmental Science program.
The conference will take place at several locations across campus. Oral presentations will be given in the Conference Center Ballroom and Charter Hall 201, while poster presentations will be held in the Conference Center Lower Ballroom, the upper level of the Student Center and the Library Plaza area.... Read More 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference
Change in Career Path Suits Sharon Carlson
Sharon Carlson decided to go with her heart.
“I was always passionate about the environment. I used to work with the DNR, at a couple of parks, and I really enjoyed those experiences.”
So after eight years working as a nurse, she followed her heart and returned to SMSU to earn her Environmental Science degree, which she’ll have at the end of this semester.
Sharon will be a part of the Dec. 4 Undergraduate Research Conference at SMSU. Her poster presentation is entitled “Investigations of Radon Levels in SW Minnesota.”... Read More Change in Career Path Suits Sharon Carlson
Master's in Education Alumna Earns S.D.'s Highest Teaching Honor
Teresa Berndt, an English teacher at Mitchell High School who earned her Master’s in Education from SMSU in 2009, has been named the 2014 South Dakota Language Arts Teacher of the Year.
“It was the best experience in education I’ve had in my life,” she said of the two-year master’s cohort group, based in Mitchell.
“We met once a month, on a Saturday and Sunday, and I met great people I still have in my world because of the fact we bonded. It put me in a position to really analyze, and make thoughtful and focused decisions.”
Teresa likes to get to know her students on a personal basis, and figure out how each best learns. “Giving a student a ‘0’ doesn’t teach them. I give them extensions, and push them to be accountable. That doesn’t always fit into others’ philosophies.”... Read More Master's in Education Alumna Earns S.D.'s Highest Teaching Honor