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UDiscover Scholars Research During the Summer

Udiscover scholars photo Students representing multiple disciplines will spend their time researching as part of the UDiscover Scholars program.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Nine University of South Dakota students representing various disciplines and majors were selected to participate in the UDiscover Scholars program sponsored by the Council for Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship.

“The highly selective program is designed to give undergraduate students from any discipline experience conducting a scholarly research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor during the summer,” said Kim Albracht, assistant director of academic engagement.

Students applied to participate in the program during the spring semester and went through a rigorous application review and interview process before being selected as a UDiscover Scholar and awarded a $3000 stipend.

Each student scholar commits to at least 300 hours of research over a 10 week period between May and August. As part of the summer program, the students meet bi-weekly on campus to discuss their experience and attend professional development sessions related to conducting research and creative scholarship.

Students present their findings along with SPURA students during a poster session held by the USD Center for Brain and Behavior Research on August 9-10. Students will also present their research at IdeaFest in the spring, April 3-4, 2019.

2018 UDiscover Scholars
Danielle Brown - Medical Biology
Tasha Determan - Art
Seth Gerberding - Mathematics
Dustin Heiden - Medical Biology
Meredith Jenkins - Music Education History
Lucas Lund - Spanish, International Studies, Political Science
Paris Schroeder - Biology
Megan Swets - Communication Studies, English, Spanish
Elizabeth Skye - Art


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
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