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Area high school students to get history research help from USD History Department faculty

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Advanced history students from Yankton High School will put their research skills to the test with faculty members from the University of South Dakota Department of History on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the I.D. Weeks building on the USD campus.

This is the third consecutive year that the Department of History at USD and the University Libraries has hosted a research seminar for Advanced Placement U.S. History students from the Yankton School District. In addition to time spent with faculty and staff, students will have access to resources such as computers and printers at the Academic Commons and the library between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Several faculty and staff members from USD will instruct and assist close to 90 high school students, providing help with research papers and National History Day projects. National History Day is an annual competition every spring for elementary and secondary school students. In the fall, students and teachers begin preparing NHD entries based on the annual theme, which is “Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History” for 2012.

“Faculty and staff at USD touch a lot of lives in a positive way and for many, this is the first step on lifelong journey of learning,” said Doug Haar, Yankton School District. “The amount of planning and the individual efforts, and patience of the library staff and History Department are so very much appreciated. This is just a great opportunity for our students.”

For more information, please visit the University Libraries on the Web at or go to to learn more about the USD Department of History.


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 202 undergraduate and 78 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News