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.

White's poster, "Screening Artemisia Species for anti-Plasmodium Falciparum activity," was of special note. His presentation on the isolation of antimalarial compounds seemed to be especially interesting to those attendees representing biotech companies. A few even exhibited interest in the possibility of developing research collaborations with White mentor, Dr. John Dixson, and his research team after visiting with White.

"I would recommend this conference for any undergraduate doing research in either chemistry or biology," White said. "The audience at this conference is genuinely interested in any research with biotechnological applications and is eager to find out more about the research being preformed at the undergraduate level in South Dakota."

All three students visited with several representatives from biotech companies, and university faculty and graduate students who listened intently and exhibited interest in all of the research projects. White felt this type of exposure was an important element in his training.

"We had no troubles attracting people to our poster," he said. "This experience allowed me to sharpen my delivery and also to answer many different questions."

The Western South Dakota DNA Core Facility, a SD BRIN-supported core facility, and the University of South Dakota, home of SD BRIN, are S.D. Biotech Association members. For more information about the S.D. Biotech Association and the summit, click here to visit their website.