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Joshua Arens

Yankton, South Dakota

chemistry, math majors/Spanish minor

Joshua Arens’ academic success and

leadership accomplishments have

earned him a 2016 Harry S. Truman

Scholarship, which provides up to

$30,000 for graduate study. He is one

of only 54 college juniors nationwide

who were named Truman scholars this

year out of a pool of 775 candidates

nominated by 305 colleges and universities.

Arens’ research interests focus on the effects of climate

change on agricultural communities worldwide. On campus,

Arens works in the chemistry lab of Associate Professor

Haoran Sun, Ph.D., developing novel fluorinated compounds

that have applications in solar cells, batteries and various

sustainable technologies. This research makes up the

backbone of his honors thesis. During summer 2016, he is

performing research at the University of California Berkeley

Center for Sustainable Polymers.

Capitalizing on his interest in politics—he has also

interned in the Sioux Falls office of former U.S. Sen. Tim

Johnson—Arens said he hopes to use his scientific training

to inform policy decisions while working at a public policy

institute or a non-governmental organization.

The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established

by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to our 33rd

president. The foundation awards scholarships for college

students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers

in government or elsewhere in public service.


Christina Bushinger

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

anthropology, international studies majors/biology minor

An interest in nutrition and

anthropology garnered Christina

Bushinger a Benjamin A. Gilman

International Scholarship to travel

to Peru this summer and participate

in an internship at Potato Park, a

conservation organization dedicated to

preserving native potato diversity and

traditional agricultural knowledge.

In May, Bushinger began her summer travels by studying

on a USD faculty-led trip to Lima and Cuzco, where she took

part in an intensive Spanish-language program, after which

she began a month-long internship in Potato Park, a land

reserve outside of Cuzco dedicated to preserving hundreds

of varieties of native potato varieties and home to 6,000

indigenous Quechua who manage the land and share their

traditional knowledge.

Bushinger is one of more than 1,150 American

undergraduate students from 377 colleges and universities

across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious scholarship,

sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of

Educational and Cultural Affairs. Gilman scholars receive up

to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship

program costs.


The South Dakotan


10 National Scholarships

University of South Dakota students landed 10 national scholarships or fellowships

this spring, including a Truman, two Fulbrights and two Goldwaters. National

scholarships and fellowships, which offer significant prestige, educational and

networking opportunities in addition to monetary benefits, are highly competitive

and often draw hundreds of applicants for only a handful of such scholarships.