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Dr. Sherwood and Elizabeth Berg Young Faculty Award

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Dr. Sherwood and Elizabeth Berg

Dr. Sherwood and Elizabeth Berg, late President and First Lady of South Dakota State, established an endowment to identify young, promising faculty members with an award that will provide “seed” money for research and scholarly activities. The monetary portion of the award is to be used to support the recipient’s research and scholarly activities, such as support of undergraduate or graduate students working on research with the award winner, travel, operating expenses, equipment or other items that will enhance the research efforts and production of the faculty member.  The funds may not be used for salary for the recipient. 

During the Fall Semester, a Call for Nominations is sent to the College Deans, from whom the nominations must originate. Nomination materials are then reviewed by a selection committee, consisting of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the Graduate School, Chair of the Research and Scholarship Committee and President of the Faculty Senate. The award recipient is announced during the Celebration of Faculty Excellence, typically held in February of each year.


Award YearRecipientCollegeDepartment
2023Dr. Alison CoulterCollege of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES)Department of Natural Resource Management
2022Dr. Yue ZhouCollege of EngineeringElectrical Engineering and Computer Science
2021Dr. Alham AbuatiqCollege of NursingUndergraduate Nursing/Graduate Nursing
2020Dr. Nicholas ButzinCollege of Natural SciencesBiology and Microbiology
2019Dr. Staci BornCollege of Education and Human SciencesCounseling and Human Development
2018Dr. Joy ScariaCollege of Agriculture and Biological Sciences*Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
2017Dr. Rebecca K. BrittCollege of Arts and Sciences*Journalism and Mass Communication
2016**Dr. Cedric NeumannCollege of EngineeringMathematics and Statistics

Jennifer Anderson

Patel Hasmukh

College of Arts and Sciences*

College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences*

Communications Studies and

Theatre Dairy Science

2013Jeffrey JacquetCollege of Arts and Sciences*Sociology and Rural Studies
2012Wei WangCollege of EngineeringElectrical Engineering and Computer Science
2011Adam HoppeCollege of Arts and Sciences*Chemistry and Biochemistry
2010Erin CortusCollege of Agriculture and Biological Sciences*Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
2009Haifa Abou SamraCollege of NursingUndergraduate Nursing
2008Amanda WeaverCollege of Agriculture and Biological Sciences*Animal and Range Sciences*
2007Kelley TilmonCollege of Agriculture and Biological Sciences*Plant Science
2006Solomon HarrarCollege of EngineeringMathematics and Statistics
2005Jihong Cole-DaiCollege of Arts and Sciences*Chemistry and Biochemistry
2004Ann Michelle DanielsCollege of Family and Consumer Sciences*Counseling and Human Development
2003Alan YoungCollege of Agriculture and Biological Sciences*Biology and Microbiology
2002Matthew VukovichCollege of Family and Consumer Sciences*Health and Nutritional Sciences
2001Kendra KattlemannCollege of Family and Consumer Sciences*Health and Nutritional Sciences
2000Scott GardnerCollege of Family and Consumer Sciences*Consumer Sciences


*Name of the College/Department has changed


**Beginning in 2016, the award year was changed by the selection committee to reflect the year in which the award is presented, however, the recognition is for the prior calendar year. This resulted in, what appears to be, a missing year.