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Spring/Summer 2015

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AROUND CAMPUS

Three students at the University of South Dakota have been

awarded J. William Fulbright scholarships, one of the most

prestigious academic awards in the world. The program

recognizes top students and provides opportunities for

advanced study, research and teaching.

HOLLY BAKER,

West Lafayette, Ind., is completing her

Ph.D. in English at USD. Baker will travel to Romania to

expand and enrich her knowledge of that nation’s political

unrest during the 1990s and the related crisis regarding

children and orphans. She plans to write a novel about this

historical event.

LUCIA CARLSON,

Rio Ricos, Ariz., is completing her

M.A. in political science. She will travel to Germany to

further her knowledge of that country, including building

her skills as a German speaker and as a teacher of English

to Germans. Carlson intends to pursue a career in the U.S.

Foreign Service.

BREANNA HELLAND,

Frederick, S.D., is an undergraduate

with a double major in criminal justice and political

science. Helland will use her Fulbright award to travel to

South Korea and study the democratic transformation

happening there. Her goal is to become a teacher.

Since 1951, 36 USD students have been awarded

Fulbright scholarships, and this year’s three winners marks

the most in any single year since 1957.

“Having three Fulbright winners at the university in a

single year is extraordinary,” said USD President James W.

Abbott. “This level of recognition to our student scholars

reflects the dedication of our university and its faculty to

academic achievement. I am very proud of the winners,

and I congratulate and commend them for their successes

and accomplishments.”

USD STUDENTS

AWARDED

SCHOLARSHIPS

THREE

Holly Baker, Lucia Carlson, Breanna Helland