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USD Chemistry Student Wins SDSWMA Scholarship

Photo of Chandra Karki. Chandra Karki won the 2017 South Dakota Solid Waste Management Association Scholarship.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Chandra Karki, a University of South Dakota chemistry major, was honored with the 2017 South Dakota Solid Waste Management Association Scholarship receiving $800.

Originally from Nepal, Karki will graduate in December and begin a master’s degree in chemistry at USD in the spring of 2018. He works at USD as an environmental, health and safety technician training new USD undergraduate and graduate students in proper chemical safety procedures.

“I love the chemistry department,” Karki said. “The main reason I like USD is that the people are so friendly and it’s a safe place to live. I can focus on my studies.”

Given to a student ‘with directed studies relating to the protection and enhancement of our natural resources and environment,’ the SDSWMA Scholarship was founded in 1995, in remembrance of Michael (Paco) Sowers of Belle Fourche and James Pickering of Rapid City. Both died in accidents associated with the solid waste industry in 1994 and 1995.


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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 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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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