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Outstanding research lands USD students in Pierre for poster session

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Two University of South Dakota students will present their outstanding undergraduate research projects at the Capitol Rotunda in Pierre, S.D., on Thursday, March 6.

Erik Muckey, a senior from Corsica, S.D., and Megan Ingebrigtson, a senior from Sioux Falls, S.D., were chosen by USD faculty to display their research, in poster form, during the Pierre Poster Session, which is co-sponsored by the Research Affairs Council of the South Dakota Board of Regents, the South Dakota EPSCoR Office and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Muckey and Ingebrigtson are part of a select group of students from colleges and universities in South Dakota who are annually invited to this prestigious research showcase.

Muckey will present the poster, “The Effects of State and Federal Funding on South Dakota K-12 Small School Consolidation: A Quantitative Analysis and Qualitative Comparison.” His research has been supported, in part, by a Council for Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship grant. Based on his honors thesis, Muckey’s research is under the direction of Kathryn Birkeland, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics at USD.

Ingebrigtson’s presentation is “Surveillance of Influenza Viruses within the Swine Abattoir Population.” She was involved in the Sanford Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) at the Sanford Research Center and her faculty sponsor is Victor Huber, Ph.D., assistant professor of Basic Biomedical Sciences.

The Pierre Poster Session is an opportunity for undergraduate students to showcase their research and for universities to highlight the state’s investment into research and graduate education. In addition, research collaborations between various state institutions, industry and federal agencies will be exhibited with undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral and faculty researchers available to answer questions and meet with legislators, media and visitors to the capitol building.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News