The 2022 awardees will work on research projects in art history, computer sciences, conservation and ecology, medical biology, health care, and kinesiology. Their hands-on research experience will be supplemented by a series of professional development seminars that cover a variety of topics relevant to academic and research careers.

Including this year’s 11 scholars, 186 students have participated in UDiscover since the program's inception in 2006. Undergraduate research experiences have proven to have a strong positive impact on students and their post-graduation paths, with many finding the experience and skills gained invaluable.

Applying for UDiscover is open to USD full-time undergraduate students in any discipline. Each cohort of UDiscover scholars presents their projects at the annual USD symposium, IdeaFest, the following spring.

The 2022 UDiscover Scholars and Faculty Sponsors

  • Brylie Hartwig, a medical biology major from Cortland, Nebraska, will work with Jake Kerby, Ph.D.
  • Nicholas Rasmussen a computer sciences major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will work with KC Santosh, Ph.D.
  • Benjamin Kulesa, a medical biology major from Ipswich, South Dakota, will work with Victor Huber, Ph.D.
  • Hugo Morvan, a computer science major from Vannes, France, will work with KC Santosh, Ph.D.
  • Emily Eisenbraun, a medical biology major from Rapid City, South Dakota, will work with Jake Kerby, Ph.D.
  • Veronica Knippling, a graphic resign major from Mitchell, South Dakota, will work with Lauren Freese, Ph.D.
  • Allison Peplowski, a medical biology major from Williamston, Michigan, will work with Andrea Liebl, Ph.D.
  • Aidan Gantenbein, a kinesiology major from Valley Center, Kansas, will work with Doug Peterson, Ph.D.
  • Grant Budden, a medical biology major from Pipestone, Minnesota, will work with Jake Kerby, Ph.D.
  • Shayla Kelly, a conservation and biodiversity major from Elma, Washington, will work with Jake Kerby, Ph.D.
  • George Nimely, a biology major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will work with Sabina Kupershmidt, Ph.D.

For more information about the UDiscover Scholars program email the Office of Undergraduate Research at undergraduateresearch@usd.edu.


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