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USD Students Awarded Fellowships from National Science Foundation

VERMILLION, SD – Two University of South Dakota students and one recent graduate have been named winners of a fellowship from the National Science Foundation’s annual Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Riley Paulsen, Tyler Seidel, and Jade Fostvedt will receive $34,000 annual stipends and $12,000 cost-of-education allowances for a period of three years as they work toward their research-based master's or doctoral degrees in STEM fields.

Launched in 1952 shortly after Congress established the NSF, the GRFP represents the nation's oldest continuous investment in the U.S. STEM workforce.

"To support U.S. leadership and innovation in science and engineering, we must recognize and nurture talent from all of our nation's communities," said Jim Lewis, NSF acting assistant director for Education and Human Resources in a press release from the foundation. "I am pleased that again this year, the competition has selected talented students from all economic backgrounds and all demographic categories.”

The three USD students were selected from more than 12,000 applicants from all 50 U.S. states, as well as the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. In total, 2,000 students were awarded the fellowship and 1,459 individuals received honorable mention recognition.


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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News