Each fall, Dakota State University offers funded research opportunities to undergraduate students through the Undergraduate Student
Mentored Research Initiative (SRI) program.
This program allows students to conduct hands-on research with a faculty mentor.
Thirteen undergraduate students were awarded funds to complete their research
projects for the 2023-24 academic year.
The students will present their research results in March 2024 at the annual Research Symposium.
The award winners for the 2023-2024:
College of Arts & Sciences:
- Denyce Bravo, a Biology major mentored by Dr. Andrew Sathoff. Project title:
“Exploring Antimicrobial Potential of Honey from Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)
Against Both Human and Alfalfa Pathogens.”
- Rook Wiese, a Cyber Leadership & Intelligence major mentored by Dr. David Kenley. Project Title: “Is Cybercrime More Prevalent in Individualistic or
- Carter Gordon, a Sound Design major mentored by Dr. Tate Carson. Project
Title: “Resonant Landscapes: Soundscapes of South Dakota.” This project is
linked to Dr. Tate Carson’s Faculty Research Initiative grant.
- Adam Peak, a Biology major mentored by Dr. Andrew Sathoff. Project title:
“Surveying for Ophidiicola ophidiomyces, the Causal Agent of Snake Fungal
Disease in South Dakota.”
- Alex Rachynska, a Biology major mentored by Dr. Kristel Bakker and Dr. Jeffrey Elbert. Project title: “Difference in the Chemical and Molecular Composition of Berries from Introduced vs. Native Woody Species Available During Fall Bird Migration.”
College of Business & Information Systems
- Ephrata Yared Feyissa, a Management & Marketing major mentored by Dr. Robert Girtz. Project title: “The Effect of Family Background on Wages.”
The Beacom College of Computer & Cyber Sciences
- Grace Schofield, a Computer Science and Cyber Operations double major mentored by Dr. Austin O’Brien. Project title: “AI-Generated Political Advertisements’ Influence on Voter Opinion.”
- Joseph Boyd, a Cyber Operations major mentored by Dr. Robert Richardson. Project Title: “Assessing Security Flaws in Modern Precision Farming Systems.”
- John Brumels, a Network Security Administration & Cyber Operations double major mentored by Dr. Andrew Kramer. Project Title: “Assessing Security Vulnerabilities in Wireless IoT Devices.”
- David Medin, a Computer Science major, and Aiden Schramm, a Cyber Operations major mentored by Dr. Andrew Kramer. Project Title: “Designing and Building an Autonomous MicroMouse Robot.”
Beau Miller, a Computer Science major mentored by Dr. Mark Spanier. Project title: “Evolving Language within Natural Language Processing.”
- Tristan Stapert, a Cyber Operations major mentored by Dr. Andrew Kramer. Project title: “Do Online Test Proctoring Services Abide by Standard Data Protections in Collecting Identifiable Information.”