USD student Winnie Zou cited on Capitol Hill for research

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Yun “Winnie” Zou, a student at The University of South Dakota, was one of 75 undergraduate students honored at the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) “Posters on the Hill” reception at Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, April 13.

Zou, a Vermillion High School graduate, presented her research, “Molecular Chaperone Expression,” to members of Congress, Congressional staff and federal government officials as part of CUR’s annual tribute to undergraduate research. Her research, along with the other students in attendance, was displayed on posters and presented on Capitol Hill during a late afternoon reception.

“Winnie has been an extremely dedicated student researcher,” noted Dr. Barb Goodman, director of South Dakota’s Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network, who sponsored Zou’s trip to Capitol Hill. “She has volunteered for leadership positions, including in our Undergraduate Research Fellowship program here at USD.”

In addition to showcasing their research, the students, who represented more than 50 colleges and universities nationwide, and their faculty sponsors also met with Congressional delegations and participated in visits to the Folger Library, National Museum of Natural History, Library of Congress and National Archives.

“I would like to thank Dr. Alexander Erkine, who was at USD when I did my research last summer,” said Zou, a 2009 recipient of the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. She was a fellow in South Dakota BRIN's 2009 Undergraduate Fellow program under the mentorship of Dr. Erkine, a former assistant professor in the division of basic biomedical sciences at USD who is now at Butler University.