2016 Student Research Poster Session

March 2016

Pierre, S.D. - Mount Marty College undergraduate research student, William Lawrence, represented SD BRIN at the 2016 Student Research Poster Session on Tuesday, March 1 in the Capitol Rotunda.  The poster session is an annual event where undergraduate students from South Dakota's public, private, and tribal colleges and universities can showcase their research.

William Lawrence is a junior Biology and Pre-Professional studies major at Mount Marty College.  William is a member of the Cross Country and Track teams, as well as a member of the Ambassadors.  He also volunteers in the Emergency Department at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital.  Upon graduating, William plans to enlist in the military and go on to become a surgeon for the armed forces.  He participated in the SD BRIN Undergraduate Research Fellows Program where he worked in the Department of Chemistry at Mount Marty College with Dr. Chun Wu.  William presented his research, "Kinetic Evaluation of Novel Inhibitor of Acetate Kinase from Methicillin-Restrain Staphylococcus aureus MU 50 Strain".

For a full description of William Lawrence's research, click here.

       2016 South Dakota BRIN Undergraduate Research Fellows Program 
       December 30, 2015

VERMILLION, S.D. (SD BRIN) — Applications for the 2016 South Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (SD BRIN)  Undergraduate Research Fellows Program are due on February 15, 2016.

To apply for the SD BRIN Undergraduate Research Fellows Program, applicants will need to complete the online application, provide current transcripts, and obtain a letter of recommendation.  Current transcripts and letters of recommendations need to be sent to

The online application can be found by going to the Undergraduate page of the SD BRIN website or by clicking here


       SD BRIN Five Year Grant Renewal
       August 2015

VERMILLION, S.D. (SD BRIN) — The National Institutes of Health have awarded South Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (SD BRIN) a five year grant renewal to support research infrastructure at higher education institutions.  In 2001, the federal government began a program to support less funded states, including 23 states and Puerto Rico.  That same year, SD BRIN was awarded its first grant of $2 million a year for three years.  After those first three years, a five year grant was awarded followed by another five year grant.  After a year on a one year interim grant, SD BRIN has been awarded a new five year grant.  Thus far, SD BRIN has been awarded $40.7 million.  The five year renewal will put the total to almost $55 million awarded to the state of South Dakota.

The University of South Dakota, as the lead institution, will receive about $1 million per year and SD BRIN's partner institutions will have access to about $1.5 million each year over the five year period.  The seven predominantly undergraduate institutions are:  Augustana College in Sioux Falls, Black Hill State University in Spearfish, Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, Mount Marty College in Yankton, the University of Sioux Falls and tribal colleges Sisseton Wahpeton College in Sisseton on the Lake Traverse Reservation and Oglala Lakota College in Kyle on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  With the five year grant renewal, the partner institutions will be able to support research efforts of their faculty and students.

"The NIH realized that if you encouraged research learning at predominantly undergraduate institutions, then the likelihood of those students deciding to become research scientists in the future is really high because if they learn by doing research with close faculty mentorship, they are more likely to choose research careers", said director of SD BRIN, Dr. Barbara Goodman.

       Lawrence Brothers Science Camp
       July 2015

VERMILLION, S.D. (SD BRIN) — South Dakota BRIN hosted the 14th annual Lawrence Brothers Science Camp for one week this summer.  From July 12-17, forty-nine middle school students enjoyed many hands-on learning experiences pertaining to this year's theme, "The Science of Sports".   The six camp counselors were undergraduate students from USD while the activity facilitators were volunteer faculty members and staff.  The forty-nine students who attended camp were from fifteen middle schools across South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa.  The campers attended activities and presentations such as:  Prevent & Treat Sports Injuries, Muscles in Motion, Brain Control of Movement & Brain Protection, How High Can You Jump, Fueling for Exercise, and Sport Science.  They also participated in a Lego challenge, rock wall climbing at the Wellness Center and swimming.  To end the week of science fun, the students used various styles of presentation about their experiences to their peers, counselors, and family members at a closing brunch.


       Research Apprentice Program
       July 2015

VERMILLION, S.D. (SD BRIN) — The SD BRIN supported Research Apprentice Program (RAP) ran from June 9 to July 8, 2015.  Eight students from four South Dakota high schools participated in RAP this summer.  The students completed their research experiences in the medical school, social work department, chemistry department, and biology department on the campus of the University of South Dakota. The 2015 Research Apprentice Program students were: Jesse Allen from Todd County High School, Kelsey Barnett from Wagner High School, Courtney Charging Hawk from White River High School, Jensen Holzbauer from Wagner High School, Connor Richards from Red Cloud High School, Morgan Taft from White River High School, Steven Wilson from Red Cloud High School, and Katelin Woods from Wagner High School.

The students ended the program with  final presentations of their summer research experience in the labs to their lab teams and the other students in the TRIO programs.  The presentations were: 

  • Clay County Poverty Study presented by Morgan Taft and Kelsey Barnett
  • RAP Experience with Influenza presented by Steven Wilson
  • A Brain Computer Interface for Augmentative and Alternative Communication presented by Katelin Woods
  • Myostatin Levels Associated with Foraging Cost in Small Birds presented by Jesse Allen
  • Rhodamine Release from Sodium Borate/Sodium Silicate/PVA presented by Jensen Holzbauer
  • Influenza and Strep presented by Courtney Charging Hawk
  • Oxidation of 1,8-oxybis (ethyleneethoxyethylenethio) anthracene-9,10-dione & Optical Properties of Oxidized Product vs. Metal Ions presented by Connor Richards


       2015 SD BRIN Annual Faculty Retreat & Undergraduate Convocation
       July 30, 2015

VERMILLION, S.D. (SD BRIN) — The South Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network will be hosting the annual Faculty Retreat and Undergraduate Research Fellows Convocation for SD BRIN partner institutions on Friday, August 7, 2015 in Vermillion, SD.

To see the agenda for the Faculty Retreat, click here.

To see the agenda for the Undergraduate Research Fellows Convocation, click here.

If you have any question or for more information,  please contact the SD BRIN office at or 605-658-6339.


       2015 Central Region IDeA Conference 
       March 3, 2015

VERMILLION, S.D. (SD BRIN) — The North Dakota IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (ND INBRE) is sponsoring the 2015 Central Region IDeA Conference that will be held at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota on June 1-3, 2015.  The conference will open on Monday, June 1, with an evening reception and IDeA Regional Core Facility Marketplace.  On Tuesday, June 2, the central theme of the IDeA Central Region Conference will be promoting diversity through IDeA programs.  The final half-day of the conference will explore the role of the IDeA program in promoting economic development.

The deadline for Early Bird Registration is May 25, 2015.

Registration, draft agenda, hotel, and program information can be found at the following link:


                   SD BRIN Faculty Fellowship Program
August 2013

Vermillion, S.D. (SD BRIN) - South Dakota BRIN has established the Faculty Fellowship Program (FFP) to support the career development of junior faculty throughout the network, and to encourage the development of network-wide collaborative, interdisciplinary biomedical research.

The SD BRIN Faculty Fellowship Program (FFP) will fund the research projects of 5-7 SD BRIN junior faculty that address SD BRIN's overall scientific emphasis on proteomics, genomics, and that fall under one of the three thematic focus areas:
  • Drug discovery/medicinal chemistry/natural products chemistry
  • Physiological (including cellular) and developmental responses to stimuli
  • Environmental health 
For more information about the SD BRIN FFP including eligibility, submission requirements, proposal review and selection click here or contact:      Dr. Barb Goodman

A letter of intent is due by September 30, 2013. 
An application is due by November 1, 2013.

2013 Central  Region IDeA Conference 
April 15, 2013

VERMILLION, S.D. (SD BRIN) - The Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) and the Kansas Centers for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBREs) are sponsoring the 2013 Central Region IDeA Conference that will be held in Kansas City, Missouri at the InterContinental Hotel on the Plaza from May 20-22, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 will feature three speakers from South Dakota BRIN; Vicki Geiser, Ph.D., John Dixson, Ph.D., and Kristi Egland, Ph.D. 

Early registration to attend this meeting is April 20, 2013.

More information regarding registration and program information are available at the meeting website:

2013 South Dakota BRIN's Undergraduate Research Fellows  Program
January 28, 2013

VERMILLION, S.D. (SD BRIN) - Applications for the 2013 South Dakota BRIN Undergraduate Research Fellows Program are due on February 15, 2013.

To apply for the Undergraduate Research Fellows Program, applicants will need to complete the online application, provide current transcripts, and obtain a letter of recommendation.  Current transcripts and letters of recommendations need to be sent to

The online application can be found by going to the Undergraduate page of the SD BRIN website or by clicking here.


        USD to host South Dakota Academy of Science
       April 10, 2012

VERMILLION, S.D. (SDAS) — The 97th Annual Meeting of the South Dakota Academy of Science will be held at the University of South Dakota's Muenster University Center in Vermillion on April 13-14. In addition to the planned symposia and poster session, this year's agenda includes a keynote address from Science magazine writer Sam Kean, author of The Disappearing Spoon. Kean's work has been featured on "Radiolab" and NPR's "All Things Considered," among others.

Read on and obtain a schedule here...

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        BHSU researchers hope sage can help fight malaria
        March 22, 2012

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) —Researchers at Black Hills State University are looking at whether plants used in traditional Native American medicine could be used to help treat malaria.

Chemistry professor John Dixson (pictured) and a group of students are trying to determine the active ingredient in four sages native to western South Dakota that have been found to have anti-malarial properties. The sages are related to a plant used to make artemesinin, a common malaria drug, Dixson said.

In recent years, officials have spotted an increasing number of malaria cases resistant to artemesinin in parts of Asia, but although scientists worldwide are testing new malaria drugs, there are as yet no realistic alternatives to artemesinin combination drugs, considered the most effective. 

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         SDAS to hold 97th meeting at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. (SDAS) —The 97th annual meeting of the South Dakota Academy of Science is set for April 13-14 at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

The meeting begins with a symposium focusing on “Science and a Sustainable Future” on Friday, April 13, at 8:00 a.m. A second symposium on Saturday, April 14, at 9:00 a.m. focuses on “Science Education and a Sustainable Future.”

Two keynote lectures are scheduled. Jeff Rud of the South Dakota Wind Energy Association will speak first on April 13, at 1:30 p.m., then at 7:30 p.m., the second keynote talk comes from Sam Kean, author of The Disappearing Spoon, and is open to the public.

Papers and posters from South Dakota scientists and students in all areas of science and mathematics are welcome. Presenters/authors must be a member of the South Dakota Academy of Science and must submit their abstracts by March 23, 2012.

For additional information, including membership, please visit the South Dakota Academy of Science Website.

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        UGF fellow selected for Posters on the Hill
        Febuary 21, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Council on Undergraduate Research) — Leah Miiller (pictured with Dr. Mick Watt) of Dakota Wesleyan University has been selected to present her research on Capitol Hill on April 24. Miiller and 73 other undergraduate students were chosen from 850 applicants to travel to Washington and meet with their Congressional representatives, as well as present their research at a formal poster session. Other activities include a reception and awards ceremony. Miiller is the first UGF Program participant to be selected for this honor since Yun (Winnie) Zhou of USD in 2009.Read More...

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        Augustana College announces spring seminar series
        February 2, 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Augustana College) – The Augustana Biology Department announced its spring seminar series today. All seminars are free and open to the public. All seminars will be held in room 101of the Gilbert Science Hall on the Augustana campus at 3 p.m., except for the April 21 seminar (TBD).

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (SD BRIN) – SD BRIN Undergraduate Fellows Research Program (UGF) mentors Drs. Jason Petersen of Avera Research Institute and Steven Matzner of Augustana College talk about mentoring in the UGF program.

Watch their YouTube video here.

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         Kayla Vastenhout talks about her UGF experience
       January 26, 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (SD BRIN) – Two-time UGF fellow Kayla Vestenhout of Augustana College talks about her fellowship experience while at the 2012 SD BRIN Mentors Poster Session.

Watch her YouTube video here.

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         Augustana College hosts mentors and students
       January 26, 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (SD BRIN) – SD BRIN resumed the Undergraduate Fellows Program (UGF) Mentors Poster Session at Augustana College Thursday night with 21 mentors and 45 students from four PUIs and two research institutes attending. The event was created with the thought of giving UGF program applicants the opportunity to meet and talk with the program's mentors about their research. It also gives the mentors the opportunity to meet each other and possibly foster research collaboration...Read More...

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        SD BRIN supports USD Libraries (and vice versa)
        January 19, 2012

VERMILLION, S.D. (SD BRIN) – Ask Barbara Harvey what she can do for you and you may be surprised at the breadth of her answer. The USD Health Sciences Information Services Librarian ...Read More...

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        BHSU reactivates AISES chapter
       January 18, 2012

SPEARFISH, S.D. (BHSU) – After four years of dormancy, Black Hills State University has reactivated their chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)...Read More...

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        BHSU students posters at S.D. Biotech Summit

       January 13, 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (BHSU) – Black Hills State University students Mallory Ageton, Jesse Caron and Chris White presented posters at the Sixth Annual South Dakota Biotech Summit on September 21 in Sioux Falls. The three were UGF fellows at BHSU this past summer. Read More...

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        Augie, USF students attend Autumn Immunology Conference
        January 12, 2012

CHICAGO (Augustant College) – The SD BRIN Undergraduate Research Fellows (UGF) Program has made inroads towards having students leave their home institutions to conduct research under mentors at other PUIs, as evidenced in the poster presented in November by students from Augustana College and the University of Sioux Falls.

Jacqueline Miles of Augustana and Emily Johnson of USF worked for Dr. Jennifer Gubbels of Augustana this past summer as UGF fellows, and their poster, entitled “Characterization of immunomodulatory effects between SUSD2 and Galectin-1 in epithelial ovarian cancer,” was accepted at the Autumn Immunology Conference in Chicago November 18-21...Read More...

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        DOE awards MMC partnership
        January 4, 2012

YANKTON, S.D. (Mount Marty College) – Mount Marty College’s biology department has been chosen as one of just 16 undergraduate institutions internationally to participate in the 2012 The Undergraduate Research Program in Microbial Genome Annotation. The program is sponsored by the United States Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI). The “Interpret a Genome” Program provides students in colleges and universities with access to recently sequenced microbial genomes selected as part of the DOE JGI’s Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea (GEBA) project. The students analyze and annotate the genomes in the context of their own classwork, gaining hands-on knowledge.Read More...

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        Augustana Students Stand Out at ACS
        December 7, 2011

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Augustana College) – In October, faculty members from the Augustana College Chemistry Department traveled with 20 students to the Midwest/Great Lakes Joint Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Each student that attended presented a poster based on their work...Read More...

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        UGF Convocation a Success; Combined with Research Retreat
        August 5, 2011

VERMILLION, S.D. (SD BRIN) – The 2011 edition of the SD BRIN Undergraduate Fellows (UGF) Program officially ended last Friday with a convocation at the Lee Medical & Science Building at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Fifty-three UGF fellows were joined by 11 U.Discover students from USD and students from the Sanford Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) program. Read More...

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