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2024 Research Symposium

Join the Office of Research and Economic Development and the Coordinator of Undergraduate Research on March 20, 2024, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Beacom Collaboration Center to celebrate and acknowledge undergraduate researchers, their work, and mentorship!

Applications to participate are open until March 1, 2024.

On March 20, students and faculty will present research to the public at the annual Dakota State University Research Symposium. Celebrating cutting-edge scholarship and creative activity across disciplines, the Symposium brings together students, faculty, staff, and community to showcase the creative and academic achievements at Dakota State University.

Undergraduate Researchers will present a wide range of projects from the STEM disciplines, Economics, and the Digital Arts. Topics include, “Exploring Antimicrobial Potential of Honey from Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) Against Both Human and Alfalfa Pathogens,” “Resonant Landscapes: Soundscapes of South Dakota,” “AI-Generated Political Advertisements' Influence on Voter Opinion,” and “The Effect of Family Background on Wages” as the researchers explore real-world issues and advance innovative solutions.

Symposium presenters provide a small sample of the many undergraduate students researching on the DSU campus. Our students participate in internships, research courses, experiences, and grant-funded projects, and work in many of our 20 applied research labs, including the cyberoperations- and cybersecurity-specific MadLabs®.

Undergraduate research provides opportunities for students to engage in new experiences, such as presenting at conferences and getting feedback from experts in their fields. 2023 SRI Award recipient and graduate, Jay Alexander, said “My undergraduate research project mentored by Dr. Sathoff was the highlight of my bachelor’s degree.”

Undergraduate research is the heart of innovation at DSU.

All students are welcome to participate in this event, regardless of rank, title, funding status, or current project stage. Click here to apply.

Please contact the Coordinator of Undergraduate Research, stacey.berry@dsu.edu, if you have any questions.