State Capitol Hosts Student Researchers on Tuesday, February 7

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PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota colleges and universities will send 10 outstanding undergraduate student researchers to the State Capitol next week to share their research work with lawmakers and the public.


The 2023 Student Research Poster Session runs 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023, in the State

Capitol Rotunda. The public is invited to attend.


These 10 represent students statewide who conduct research in a variety of disciplines. Now in its 26th year, the event showcases research and creative activities of undergraduate students, as well as highlights successful faculty research and commercialization efforts. The session is organized by the South Dakota Board of Regents and SD EPSCoR (South Dakota’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research).


Students competitively chosen to participate in Tuesday’s event are:


  • Xio Robinson (Sheridan, Wyoming) representing Black Hills State University
  • Benjamin Bowman (Fairburn, South Dakota) representing Dakota State University
  • Megan Fastenau (Aberdeen, South Dakota) representing Northern State University
  • John Barbour (Longmont, Colorado) representing South Dakota Mines
  • Jay Holm (Dell Rapids, South Dakota) representing South Dakota State University
  • Madison Fitch (Rapid City, South Dakota) representing South Dakota State University
  • Talia DeWitte (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) representing University of South Dakota
  • Hugo Morvan (Meucon, France) representing University of South Dakota
  • Matthew L. Cole (Kranzburg, South Dakota) representing SD EPSCoR
  • Hunter Shanks (Bennington, Nebraska) representing SD BRIN




About SD EPSCoR:

EPSCoR, originally developed by the NSF, is designed to expand research opportunities in states that have traditionally received less funding in federal support for university research. SD EPSCoR helps build partnerships between K-12, higher education, state government, and the private sector to enrich research, education and economic development throughout the state. SD EPSCoR is supported by NSF/EPSCoR Award OIA-1849206 and by the South Dakota Board of Regents. Learn more at