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2018 Research Apprentice Program

Vermillion, SD - SD BRIN's Research Apprentice Program (RAP) began its 34th year providing research experiences in working labs to first generation, low-income high school students in 2018.  The program began with orientation on May 29, 2018.  Other than working in laboratories and attending study sessions, the students also participated in a BRIN/SPURA sponsored Responsible Conduct of Research Training presented by Dr. Barbara Goodman, a SPURA sponsored Career Fair, and a SD BRIN sponsored presentation from Dr. Kathleen Eyster entitled "101+ Things You Can Do With A Science Degree".  The Research Apprentice Program accepted three students this summer.  Two students from Wagner Community School, Margaret Barnett and Amari Weston participated this year.  One student from Red Cloud High School was also accepted, Chloe Richards.  The students completed their research experience in labs in the chemistry department, basic biomedical sciences, and the physical therapy department.  The students ended their RAP summer experience with final presentations of their research on Friday, June 29.  Below are the titles of the 2018 Research Apprentice Program Final Presentations:

  • "Affinity of Mechanochemically Functionalized Graphene to Industrial Carbon Fiber" by Margaret Barnett (Mentor: Dr. Grigoriy Sereda)
  • "Stretococcus Pyogenes" by Amari Weston (Mentor: Dr. Michael Chaussee)
  • "Comparing Foot Strike Patterns in Midfoot Runners Between Overground and Treadmill Running" by Chloe Richards (Mentor: Dr. Hanz Tao)
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