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Winter 2015/16




Given President’s



The University of South Dakota has awarded grants for

outstanding research to three faculty members who were chosen

by external reviewers for their research accomplishments,

publications and grant success. Each award recipient received a

$3,000 grant and a plaque.

Candidates were reviewed based on past and current research

accomplishments—including criteria such as publications,

presentations, successful grantsmanship, peer reviewer experience,

maintenance of an active graduate or undergraduate program

and being conferred other competitive research awards. The

Innovation & Entrepreneurship award further required that the

winner demonstrate innovative thinking or research findings that

had promising commercial potential as well as a concept that had

progressed beyond the theoretical stage to the applied stage.

“Research is an essential component of USD’s mission and one

of many ways USD contributes to the economic development of

the state,” said James W. Abbott, USD president.

Z. Rick Wang, Ph.D., was given

the President’s Award for Research

Excellence: New-Mid Career Faculty.

A tenure-track assistant professor of

chemistry, Wang works primarily with

inorganic chemistry while actively

mentoring his post-docs, graduate and

undergraduate students. His research

has received recognition from a variety

of distinguished organizations;


Journal of the American Chemical Society

has circulated his findings, and last year

the National Science Foundation (NSF)

awarded him a $650,000 grant.

Amidst his work and research, Wang

stays active in all the chemistry field’s

major research programs.

The President’s Award for Research

Excellence: Established Faculty was

given to Yuhlong Lio, Ph.D. Lio is a

tenured mathematical sciences professor

who demonstrates a consistent record of

publication, particularly in international

peer-reviewed journals; his work has been

circulated more than 50 times by such

press. External agencies such as the NSF

have sought his scholarly expertise on

proposals and international conferences,

and he has served as editor for various

prestigious journals—some of which

invite him to review manuscripts. His

work includes theoretical, pure, applied,

industrial and medical mathematics, as

well as computational skills for the field.

The President’s Award for Research

Innovation & Entrepreneurship was

bestowed on Grigoriy Sereda, Ph.D.

Sereda is a tenured professor of chemistry

whose work focus is chiefly organic. His

abilities have allowed for development

of diverse and valuable research

collaborations within both the university

and South Dakota. The professor is

presently working with the biomedical

sciences faculty in the Sanford School

of Medicine and the Biomedical

Engineering (BME) Program in

Sioux Falls, as well as a Siouxland Smiles

dental, on multiple projects. In addition,

his work has resulted in the receipt of

personal and department awards.

Yuhlong Lio, Ph.D.

Grigoriy Sereda, Ph.D.

Z. Rick Wang, Grigoriy Sereda and Yuhlong Lio

Z. Rick Wang, Ph.D.