USD Chapter of American Indian Science and Engineering Society Recognized for Service and Outreach

Photo of AISES Board. USD AISES chapter officers, left to right:  President Carmelita Shouldis, Treasurer Bethany Kozak, Vice President Alex Dolezal, Secretary Steven Wilson, Media & Creative Director Javier Lara-Ruiz.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota’s chapter of the national American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) has been recognized as the 2017 Chapter of the Year for Outreach and Community Service.

USD’s AISES chapter was awarded the honor for several significant programs including its work with White River Middle School students regarding substance abuse prevention. It also hosts a number of events including a dinner for high school students from Red Cloud Indian School and Pine Ridge High School who participate in USD Sanford School of Medicine’s Native American Healthcare Scholars Program and many local Native American high school students at dinners and programs at USD. AESES also volunteers to serve diners at the Welcome Table, a non-profit organization providing meals to needy community members.  

USD’s AISES chapter is one of 190 chapters in 34 states across the nation. The national AISES organization represents 298 tribes. USD’s chapter represents 14 tribes in the region.

The USD Sanford School of Medicine is the direct sponsor and advisor of the university’s AISES chapter, with faculty advisory assistance from the USD School of Health Sciences.

AISES is a national, non-profit organization devoted to increasing the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, first nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and math studies and careers.


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 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