USD biology students receive national award Two students pursuing Ph.D. degrees in biology from The University of South Dakota recently received prestigious national fellowships to aid them in their studies. These awards were the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Research Service Award.
The NIH recipient is Wayne J. Corzan of Hartford. Corzan is the son of John and Karen Corzan. He received his B.S. degree in biology from The University of South Dakota in 1998 and his M.A. in biology from USD in 1999.
He is now pursuing a Ph.D. in biology and neuroscience. Corzan is studying how social interaction affects an individual's brain and behavior.
His $69,000 fellowship covers expenses such as tuition, fees, travel, health insurance and a research assistantship for three years. This is the first award of this type given by NIH to a doctoral student from South Dakota.
The NSF recipient is Jay Carlisle of Vermillion, and Boise, ID. Carlisle is the son of Holley Carlisle of Redding, CT, and Jonathan Carlisle of Essex, CT. He is studying the migration habitats of songbirds in southwestern Idaho. Carlisle received his B.S. degree from Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.