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The South Dakotan


Tamee Livermont

Martin, South Dakota

medical biology major/interdisciplinary sciences,

communication minors

Tamee Livermont has been selected

as a 2016 Udall Scholar. A member

of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who grew

up on the Pine Ridge Reservation,

Livermont was chosen for the

scholarship based on her interest in

becoming a neonatologist serving

Native American newborn infants

and their mothers. She plans to use her education and

background to counter drug and alcohol abuse through

prevention education programs and work as a medical

specialist in an Indian Health Services hospital or in a

location with a large Native American population.

Livermont works in the laboratory of Lisa McFadden,

Ph.D., assistant professor of basic biomedical sciences at

USD, studying how to reduce drug-seeking behavior in

rats in relation to methamphetamine addiction. She is

also a member of the American Indian Science and

Engineering Society and the USD Medical Biology Club.

The Udall Foundation selects scholarship recipients

based on their commitment to careers in the environment,

American Indian health care, or tribal public policy;

leadership potential; record of public service; and

academic achievement.


Jenna Hayes

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

English, anthropology majors/Russian minor

Kaleigh “Rose” McLaughlin

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

international studies, history majors

Two USD students have earned

scholarships from the U.S. Department

of State to learn or expand their ability

to speak Russian and Azerbaijani.

Jenna Hayes, a junior who’s

pursuing a double major in English

and anthropology, will go to Russia to

further her learning of the language and

culture. Kaleigh (Rose) McLaughlin

will go to Azerbaijan this summer.

The trips are funded through the

Critical Language Scholarship Program

in the State Department’s Bureau of

Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Scholarship recipients are expected

to continue their language study beyond the scholarship

period and later apply their critical language skills in their

professional careers.

Martin Muñoz, a political science and

international studies major, earned

a fellowship through the National Science Foundation’s

Research Experience for Undergraduates program to study

civil conflict management and peace science at the University

of North Texas this summer.

Muñoz, who will be a senior at the University of South

Dakota in the fall, is researching civil-military relations and

political violence in Colombia and his native country, Peru,

as part of his honors research thesis. He will work with senior

faculty at the program’s host university to develop theoretical

propositions that are tested empirically using tools such as a

geographic information system, which allows users to analyze

and present geographical data.

Through his job as an undergraduate researcher at USD’s

Government Research Bureau, Muñoz already has firsthand

experience with various data analysis tools. He plans to attend

graduate school in international relations.

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates program

supports active research participation by undergraduate

students in any of the areas of research funded by the

National Science Foundation.



Martin Muñoz

Vermillion, South Dakota (originally from Lima, Peru)

political science/international studies major