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