- Associated Press - Sunday, February 1, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A graduate student from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has received the 2015 Science Graduate Research Award from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Anne-Marie Suriano is pursuing a doctorate degree at the school in Rapid City. Her current work includes helping create the purest copper in the world.

Suriano will work for one year at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory located in Richland, Washington, as part of the award from the federal agency.

The goal of the program is to provide graduate thesis research opportunities at Department of Energy laboratories in order to prepare students for critically important careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Suriano says the award will give her access to the necessary equipment and lab space to complete her dissertation.

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