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Two USD Students to Present Research Findings at State Capitol

Sydney Strait photo Sydney Straight is one of two USD students who will present research at the annual Pierre Poster Session in the Capitol Rotunda hosted March 3.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Two University of South Dakota students will present research at the annual Pierre Poster Session in the Capitol Rotunda hosted March 3.

Sydney Strait, a biology major and business administration minor from Watertown, South Dakota, will present findings on the effect of cyclosporine and alcohol consumption. Alex Hanson, a medical biology major and interdisciplinary sciences minor from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will present research findings on the effects of chronic pain inhibitors.

“I chose to work on this project because of what the potential results of our research could mean for people with alcohol use disorders,” said Strait. ”There are over 17 million Americans affected by alcohol use disorders and right now, we are not able to offer very many effective therapies for this disease and other addictive diseases.”

Strait plans to pursue a Master’s degree in genetic counseling while Hanson plans to pursue a medical degree.

Two students each from USD and SDSU and one each from SDSMT, BHSU, DSU, NSU and Augustana will present findings to the South Dakota legislature.


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


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 84 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.