University of South Dakota Articles


Early career spotlight: From Coyote to researcher...and beyond

Tell us about yourself, including where you are from, why the University of South Dakota was the right fit for you, and what led you to pursue the major you selected at USD.

My name is Katrina Hosley. I was born in Sioux Falls, and I graduated from Lennox High School. Originally, I was interested in forensic pathology and contemplated pursuing a career as a coroner, which led me to look for good schools with good medical programs close to home. USD had the best medical school in the region, and I also had friends there and experienced the campus with those students, and I liked it. USD also had a good biology program.

As part of my biology major and chemistry minor, I worked in a lab at USD, and that’s how I fell in love with lab work. I quickly knew that this was the best career path for me.


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Molecular geneticist takes the helm of USD Discovery District

It’s been a few short weeks since Dr. Mark Brown stepped to the podium at the USD Community College for Sioux Falls and, as the new USD Discovery District president, helped to announce the forthcoming expansion of LifeScape’s future hospital, school and rehabilitation center. Housed on 31.6 acres of the USD Discovery District, the new LifeScape campus will be well suited to spark collaboration and innovation amongst students, medical professionals and researchers.

And given his diverse education in molecular genetics and microbiology and his background in the areas of public health and undergraduate research, Dr. Brown, too, is uniquely equipped to make a tremendous impact in his new role.

The Sioux Falls Development Foundation recently sat down with Dr. Brown to learn more about him and the innovation he plans to bring about to build upon the success of the USD Discovery District


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USD meets growing demand for health care workers with hands-on, high-tech programs

Whether they’re using dental instruments or 3D printers, doing patient simulations or digital image analysis, students at the University of South Dakota likely have health care-related jobs waiting for them when they graduate.

“We have a really powerful system of health care in South Dakota, without question, and they’re also really good jobs,” USD president Sheila Gestring said. “They’re high-demand jobs, and the employment growth projections going forward are also significant.”

The appeal and availability of those jobs is driving student interest in both USD’s School of Health Sciences and its emerging biomedical engineering program within the College of Arts & Sciences.

In many cases, students graduating with degrees from these programs will find their occupations projected to experience double-digit percentage increases.


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