Davis-Bahcall Scholars chosen

In May, Sanford Lab welcomes nine Davis-Bahcall Scholars. The program allows students to learn from scientists at Sanford Lab, Fermi and Argonne National Laboratories in Illinois, and Gran Sasso and Frascati National Laboratories in Italy. Students will also visit 3M in Aberdeen, where they will tour the plant and participate in a panel discussion. 

“3M Aberdeen is looking forward to partnering with the Davis-Bahcall program this summer,” said Jennifer Black, Human Resources Manager in Aberdeen. “Students will be able to explore the diverse technologies and career paths at 3M.”  

Brianna Mount, Research Assistant Professor of Physics at Black Hills State University and coordinator of the program said, “The exceptional students participating this year will have the unique opportunity to visit some of the world’s leading labs, which are at the forefront of science. We hope the program will motivate them to persevere in their studies.” The scholars are listed below.

Greydon Shangreaux, White River, S.D., is a freshman at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSMT) studying geological engineering. Shangreaux received the 2014 Gates Millennium Scholarship. He is an ambassador for indigenous youth in STEM through the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.

Isaac Rath, Canton, S.D., is a senior at Canton High School. He will attend SDSMT this fall to pursue a degree in computer science or computer engineering.

Mariya Sachek, Sioux Falls, S.D., is a senior at Roosevelt High School. She will attend SDSMT to pursue an electrical engineering degree. 

John Wieland, Aberdeen, S.D., is a senior at Aberdeen Central High School. He will begin college this fall at SDSMT. Future plans include a Ph.D. in physics. 

Joseph Abrahamson, Howard, S.D., graduated from Howard High School. A freshman at South Dakota State University, Abrahamson is majoring in mechanical engineering.  

Karissa Kjenstad, Tacoma, Wash., is a freshman at SDSMT, where she is majoring in Chemical Engineering. She plans to work in research. 

Shouri Dirks, Harrisburg, S.D., is a senior at Harrisburg High School. She will attend the University of Michigan to major in neuroscience. Dirks hopes to work as a neurologist.

Jackson Peterson, Sturgis, S.D., is a senior at Sturgis Brown High School. Peterson plans to pursue a degree in biotechnology.

Jared Bitz, Sioux Falls, S.D., is a senior at Lincoln High School. He plans to pursue a degree in symbolic systems with a minor in music at Stanford University. He hopes to do research in artificial intelligence.