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Angela Luedke ’13

Omaha, Nebraska

international studies, French majors/political science minor

Christopher Zimmer ’16

Rapid City, South Dakota

political science, history majors

Two recent graduates of the University

of South Dakota have received Fulbright

U.S. Student Program grants from the

U.S. Department of State and the J.

William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship

Board. Angela Luedke ’13, and

Christopher Zimmer ’16, will serve as

English teaching assistants in Morocco

and Greece, respectively.

Luedke’s Fulbright experience

will mark the second time she has

lived in Morocco; she spent a semester

studying abroad in the country during

her junior year. She is currently working

in an AmeriCorps agency in Omaha

assisting low-income students in getting into and succeeding

in college.

Zimmer, a history and political science major originally

from Rapid City, has also spent some time in Greece, where

he will teach English at a high school in Athens.

Luedke and Zimmer are two of more than 1,900 U.S.

citizens who will teach, conduct research and provide

expertise abroad for the 2016-2017 academic year through

the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright

awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional

achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated

leadership in their respective fields. English teaching

assistants spend 10 months in their assignments.

Both Luedke and Zimmer will begin their assignments in

September 2016.


Jade Fostvedt

Vermillion, South Dakota

chemistry major/mathematics minor

John Slunecka

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

medical biology, chemistry majors/

interdisciplinary sciences minor

Two science students from the

University of South Dakota are

among four South Dakotans and

252 sophomores and juniors nationwide

to receive Goldwater scholarships for

next year.

Jade Fostvedt’s career goal is

to obtain a doctorate in inorganic

chemistry and conduct research in

alternative energy and catalysis, teach

at a university level and lead a research

team comprised of both graduate and

undergraduate students.

John Slunecka’s career goal is to

obtain master’s and doctorate degrees

in biochemistry and conduct research on protein structures

and their effects on macroscopic functions of organisms

with a focus on the human species, especially as it applies

to diseases.

The scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees,

books, and room and board up to $7,500 per year. Congress

established the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence

in Education Program in 1986 to honor Sen. Barry

Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier

and statesman, including 30 years in the U.S. Senate. The

purpose of the foundation is to provide a continuing source

of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers

by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to

pursue research careers in these fields.

Spring/Summer 2016


‘Not only is this a record year for USD in terms of breadth of scholarships awarded, but no other

regional institution came close to having this many different national scholarships awarded

to their student body in 2016. It reflects well on both the excellence of our students and the

education they receive at USD. ‘ —James W. Abbott, USD President