USD Hosts Workshops for STEM Graduate Students

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota-Neuroscience and Nanotechnology Network hosts two experts in the fields of biotechnology and patent law for graduate student workshops this fall.

The first workshop on Oct. 4 will be delivered by Christoph Bausch, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer at SAb Biotherapeutics in Sioux Falls, who will discuss careers and entrepreneurship in the biotech industry. The workshop will occur from 3-5 p.m. in Churchill Haines Laboratories, room 118.

The second workshop on Nov. 2 will be delivered by Jean Lockyer, PhD., a patent agent with Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton, LLP, in San Francisco. Lockyer will focus on careers in patent law and technology transfer. The workshop will occur from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Churchill Haines Laboratories, room 118.

The University of South Dakota-Neuroscience and Nanotechnology Network (USD-N3) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant that offers novel interdisciplinary training to prepare graduate students for diverse career paths in STEM professions. A key element of this training program is professional development opportunities including public speaking, career planning, and participation in professional workshops for graduate students. Its aim is to host workshops which will be led by distinguished speakers who are STEM professionals working in industry, government and national laboratories to help graduate students develop knowledge and a better understanding of what non-academic workplace environments are like, and what opportunities exist for Ph.D. students outside of academia.


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 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, 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 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News