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University of South Dakota Health Sciences Ph.D. Student Awarded Bush Fellowship

Michaela Seiber, Bush Fellowship Michaela Seiber, a Ph.D. student in health sciences at USD, received the 2019 Bush Fellowship.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Michaela Seiber, a graduate of the University of South Dakota’s Masters in Public Health program and currently enrolled in USD’s Ph.D. program in health sciences, has been awarded a 2019 Bush Fellowship.

A Bush Fellowship provides up to $100,000 to recipients over 12 to 24 months to pursue learning experiences that help them develop leadership skills. Fellows can use the funding to pursue advanced education, networking and to access leadership resources, worships and trainings. Seiber intends to advance health equities for LGBTQ people and will connect with experts around the country regarding health disparities of this population.

A total of 684 people applied for a 2019 Bush fellowship and only 24 were selected. Candidates must be at least 24 years old and be a resident of North Dakota, South Dakota or Minnesota, or one of the 23 Native nations within those states.

Seiber, a Sisseton, South Dakota, native, is an enrolled member of the Sisseton - Wahpeton Oyate tribe.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


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