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Student Testimonials

Nick Weinandt
"USD is big enough to have good resources and small enough to have excellent professor relations."

Nick Weinandt - Yankton, SD
Major:  Physics
2013

I chose USD because it is big enough to have good resources and small enough to have excellent professor relations. I'm inspired by Professor Yongchen Sun; in his calculus-based physics course, I gained a greater appreciation for physics and decided to pursue it as my major.

My favorite part about USD is the campus. USD is different from other schools because it allows students both great research opportunities and professor relations. I received a Summer Research Stipend with NASA Space Grant, which helps fund my research within the university.

In addition to my studies, I am involved in the Student Government Association.  My involvement has made a difference in my college experience because I can make important decisions involving campus issues.

My post-graduation plans are to move on to graduate school for physics or medical school.


Iseley Marshall
"I was attracted to the idea of a public university that had plenty of opportunities in research, but was still a personable size."

Iseley Marshall - Papillon, NE
Majors:  Physics, Chemistry
2012 Alumna

I chose USD because I was attracted to the idea of a public university that had plenty of opportunities in research, but was still a personable size.  I selected physics as my major because I was interested in doing research and encouraged by one of my professors to pursue a field in science.

The Honors Program provided a very important backbone to my education and gave me resources that I may not have had otherwise. IdeaFest was also very important to my development as a student.  It gave me experience presenting and helped me realize I wanted my career to be research oriented.

My favorite part about USD is there are just enough people here to enjoy all aspects of the college experience, but not enough to feel overwhelmed or lost in the crowd.

In addition to my studies, I was able to complete internships at NASA-DUSEL and NASA LARSS.

Upon graduation, I plan on pursuing my doctorate in either nuclear physics, aerospace engineering or polymer chemistry.  From there, I hope to go into research for NASA.