Four students are currently conducting astrobiology research at Dakota State University in Madison. The students are being led by DSU Associate Research Professor Dr. Michael Gaylor, who serves as a lead investigator for the National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR program.
The EPSCoR program builds training, infrastructure, and talent in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in under-represented states. Dakota State received a five-year grant to conduct research through EPSCoR.
The four students include Jared Dewitt, a sophomore chemistry major from Colman; Christina Mulu, a sophomore chemistry, mathematics, and computer science major from Ethiopia; Christina Maloney, a junior biology and chemistry major at Iowa State University; and Sammy Drummond, a senior physical science major from Melbourne, Australia.
All four students will be contributing authors on two research papers Gaylor will submit to the International journals Astrobiology and Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres.