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USD to Host SPURA Seminar on Stress-Related Psychopathology

Photo of Sara Lowmaster Sara Lowmaster, Ph.D., will present a lecture to SPURA students titled, “Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Processes in Stress-Related Psychopathology."

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota’s Summer Program for Undergraduate Research in Addiction or SPURA will host a one hour seminar on June 14 at 12:30 p.m in the Lee Medicine building.

Assistant psychology professor at USD, Sara Lowmaster, Ph.D., will present a lecture titled, “Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Processes in Stress-Related Psychopathology.”

SPURA is offered by the Center for Brain and Behavior Research (CBBRe) to provide a multi-disciplinary summer research program that gives USD undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct mentored, hypothesis-driven research in fields related to substance use and abuse and mental health issues.

SPURA students work with a faculty mentor for 12 weeks over the summer on a dedicated research project. Faculty involved in this program are members of the departments of biology, psychology, addiction studies, psychiatry and pediatrics, the division of Basic Biomedical Sciences, the School of Business and Sanford Research.

In addition to the day-to-day research with a faculty mentor, the summer program includes an initial orientation day, training in responsible conduct of research, weekly meetings with the students and faculty in the program, seminars presented by invited speakers in the area of addiction and mental health, and a career fair to inform student of potential careers in addiction and mental health research.

After the summer of research, students present their work at the CBBRe Annual Research Symposium, held in August. Students also present their work at USD’s annul IdeaFest.

For more information, please visit the SPURA website.


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


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.


Hanna DeLange
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