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Beacom School of Business Hosts 15th Annual Summer Accounting Institute

VERMILLION, S.D. – High school students from across the Midwest attended the Beacom School of Business’ Summer Accounting Institute at the University of South Dakota July 11-15.

The five-day event provided students with the opportunity to learn about the accounting profession and featured lectures and presentations from USD faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the Beacom School of Business. Program attendees also had the opportunity to visit with representatives from local, regional and several leading accounting firms, including Deloitte, KPMG, Ketel Thorstenson, POET, Raven Industries and Eide Bailly.

“The Summer Accounting Institute is a program that offers high school students an enhanced educational experience by connecting them with successful accounting executives,” said Dean Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D. “These real-life opportunities are the key to their future success in accounting.”

“The Summer Accounting Institute is an exhilarating time on campus when we get to welcome high school students and introduce them to the world of accounting in an unconventional but enlightening way,” said accounting instructor Erin Cornelsen. “It offers a tremendous opportunity for students to experience the opportunities available for accounting through the various facets.”

The following students were awarded $500 scholarships for their outstanding enthusiasm and knowledge of the accounting profession.

  • Camryn Lund; Hartford, South Dakota
  • Alyssa Goble; Blunt, South Dakota
  • Haley Merrow; Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Asher Hake; Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Attendees stay in USD dorms during the event, and enjoy social programs, as well as more formal learning sessions. Scholarships to the annual institute are available by contacting the Beacom School of Business at USD. High school sophomores and juniors interested in accounting or business are eligible to attend.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


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