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Graduate School Newsletter - March 2022

Graduate School Spotlight

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Kerry McDowell


We would like to welcome to the Graduate School team, Kerry McDowell! Kerry started her position as the Graduate Student Services Program Assistant on February 22nd. Kerry earned her bachelor’s degree from Northern State University and began her career as a high school English teacher and Student Services Coordinator for a small private school. She also has experience working for an Education Tour Program in their logistics department. Last spring, Kerry moved to Brookings and joined the SDSU community as a Library Technician at Briggs Library. Kerry is excited to join the Graduate School and looks forward to serving and working directly with the faculty, staff, and students! When Kerry is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, taking her new puppy on walks, cooking with her Instant Pot, and traveling (specifically to National Parks).


7th Annual Three Minute Thesis

3MT Group 2022
Jadah Morrison - 3MT winner 2022
1st Place Jadah Morrison
Bhaswati Chowdhury 3MT second place 2022
2nd Place Bhaswati Chowdhury
Ruchika Kashyap 3MT 3rd place 2022
3rd Place Ruchika Kashyap











A Special Thanks to Balawanthrao Jadhav, SDSU alum, for sponsoring the 3MT awards!!




Graduate Student Awards

SDSU Distinguished Dissertation Award

     Deadline: April 15, 2022

To submit a nomination, please use this link:

Upcoming Events

The Eastern South Dakota Research Symposium which is scheduled for June 15, 2022. This event brings together researchers from Sanford, SDSU, USD, and Augustana to showcase current work and build collaborative relationships. The symposium is also a great networking opportunity for graduate students.

Event website:

Registration is free! Registration: (Registration Deadline: May 21, 2022). If you have any questions, please contact Amber Letcher at


Webinar titled Confidentiality—How-to Have Discussions about Your Technology Without Jeopardizing IP Rights

This presentation by Dr. Christopher Curfman from Meunier Carlin & Curfman will take place Monday, March 14th at 2:00pm CST

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 879 9463 8360       Passcode: 667853


Assessment Lightning Talks

The SDSU Assessment Committee cordially invites you to Spring 2022 Assessment Lightning Talks series.  The series includes 6 weeks of trending assessment topics presented in 30 minutes or less.

Wednesdays and Fridays starting March 23rd.

Share with a colleague - all are welcome!

Register here:

Important Upcoming Dates:

March 25, 2022 - Request to Participate Form Due (Summer/Fall 2022 Graduates ONLY)

April 14, 2022 - Final Oral Exam Completed 

April 29, 2022 - Thesis/Dissertation Deposited to the Graduate School 

Additional Information:

The recorded three part lecture series presented by Dr. Joseph Robertson is now available.The Impact of Data Sovereignty on American Indian Self-Determination: Bridging Federal Indian Law, Data Sovereignty and the Challenges of Developing Community AI Principles

Internships, Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities

Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

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