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USD recognizes faculty with President's Research Awards

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota recognized three faculty members for outstanding research. The researchers were awarded grants in three categories, including the President’s Awards for Research Excellence for Early-Mid Career Faculty and Established Faculty and the President’s Award for Research Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Recipients were selected through a highly competitive process with both university and external reviewers. The selections are a strong endorsement of each researcher’s creativity and innovation, and an honor for the university to bestow.

This year, the researchers receiving the prestigious awards include:

In each category, candidates were reviewed based on past and current research accomplishments, including criteria such as publications, presentations, successful grantsmanship, serving as a peer reviewer, maintenance of an active graduate and/or undergraduate program, and other competitive research awards. The Innovation & Entrepreneurship award further required demonstrated innovative thinking or research findings that had promising commercial potential as well as a concept that had progressed beyond the theoretical stage to the applied stage.

“Each year, the reviewers for these awards are presented with the challenge of choosing just one winner in each category from a very talented group of faculty,” said Laura Jenski, Ph.D., vice president for research at USD. “USD is honored to recognize these deserving faculty members for their continued excellence in their research endeavors.”

Each award recipient receives a $3,000 grant and a plaque. The President’s Awards for Research Excellence for Early-Mid Career Faculty and Established Faculty, and the President’s Award for Research Innovation & Entrepreneurship are awarded annually and open to USD faculty in each of the three categories.


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