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10 students receive Schultz-Werth Awards

Schultz-Werth certificate

Rebecca Bott-Knutson, dean of South Dakota State University’s Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College, announced the 10 recipients of the 2020 Schultz-Werth Award.

The award was established to promote and recognize the scholarly achievements of undergraduate students. Applicants must be enrolled as a senior student in one of SDSU’s seven degree-granting colleges. Awards shall be given to the students who, in the opinion of the committee, present papers best exemplifying original research, scholarship and creativity. Papers are judged in one of two categories: 1) social sciences, humanities, fine arts and education; and 2) natural science, agriculture, engineering, nursing, home economics and pharmacy.

“The Schultz-Werth senior paper competition recognizes excellence in the scholarly endeavors of undergraduate students, especially their ability to disseminate their work,” said Bott-Knutson, who added the winning papers are archived in the Hilton M. Briggs Library. “Students from all disciplines are encouraged to submit their work for consideration. This is a tough competition, and thus, a great honor for those selected as well as their mentors. The quality of these papers is a testament to SDSU's commitment to undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity.

“The time the students put into their projects is remarkable,” she continued. “I’ve been fortunate to announce the winners the last several years and continue to be impressed by the quality and breadth of their work.”

The winners (name, hometown, major, paper title and mentor), by category, are:
Category 1: social sciences, humanities, fine arts and education

  • Matthew Berg, Brookings, business economics and entrepreneurial studies, “Earning, Taxing, Spending, Saving: Tracking South Dakota Incomes,” Evert Vander Sluis;
  • Olivia Knippling, Gann Valley, communication studies, “Protest Music and Public Discourse: How P!NK uses “Dear Mr. President” to Create Conversation,” Rebecca Kuehl;
  • Hannah Kremer, Keystone, music education, “Cole Porter: Harmonious Hedonist,” Tammy Yonce;
  • Clara Burns, Brookings, history, “Harvey Dunn: The Dakota Homesteader,” Leda Cempellin and Jodi Lundgren;
  • Emma Williams, Emporia, Kansas, speech communication, “Mentoring in An Impostor World: An Analysis on the Effects of Mentors on Mentee and the Impact of Mentor Disclosure,“ Kelli Chromey; and
  • Freddy Moran, Brookings, history with a specialization in secondary education, “Missionary Work and Assimilation,” William Prigge.

Category 2: Natural science, agriculture, engineering, nursing, home economics, and pharmacy

  • Molly Kroeger, Lennox, microbiology and biotechnology, “Development and Diagnostic Application of Monoclonal Antibodies Against Swine Acute Diarrhea Syndrome Coronavirus (SADS-CoV),” Steve Lawson;
  • Jace Waybright, Elkhorn, Nebraska, physics and mathematics, “Structural and Magnetic Properties of Bulk Ti2MnAl,” Parashu Kharel;
  • Bryanna Chipley, Mitchell, geography, “Assessment of Pollinator Preference of Native and Nonnative Perennial Flowering Plants in South Dakota’s Grasslands,” Lora Perkins; and
  • Juliana Pederson, Westbrook, Minnesota, human biology, “Evaluation of Anterior Pituitary Leptin Receptor Expression in Pregnant and Non-pregnant Gilts,” Jeffrey Clapper.