NSU announces 2022 Northern Edge Awards, undergraduate research grant winners

Portraits of four student research grant winners

Pictured, left to right: Matej Cip, Hannah Kiernan, Melissa Ulber and Camryn Wipf; not pictured: Kai Brisk, Gabrielle Grieme and Jessica Malchow.


ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University has announced the 2022 winners of the Northern Edge Awards and Undergraduate Competitive Research Grants.

Winners of the Northern Edge Award—which is designed to aid student projects in under-represented disciplines—are as follows:

  • Kai Brisk, from Buffalo, Minn., who is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts, for a project titled, “Skopelos Foundation for the Arts Residency." 
  • Matej Cip, a Music Performance major from Hodslavice, Czech Republic, for a project titled, "Connections between European Cimbalom and Chinese Yangqin.”
  • Gabrielle Grieme, for a project titled, “Gaining Insight into Culturalism and Feminism Through Art."
  • Melissa Ulber, a Music and Criminal Justice major from Riverside, Calif., for a project titled, "Student Music Composition and Conducting Project."
  • Camryn Wipf, an Elementary Education major (B.S.Ed.) from Aberdeen, for a project titled, “Golf Fore All: A Golf Clinic for Youth with Disabilities."

Winners of the NSU Undergraduate Competitive Research Grants are as follows:

  • Hannah Kiernan, a human performance and fitness major from Bradford, Ontario, Canada, for a project titled, A Correlational Study on the Effects of Socialization on Motor Development."
  • Jessica Malchow, for a project titled, "Site differences in demographic structure and trapping efficacy of Western Painted Turtles in environmentally distinct sites on Clear Lake, Marshall County, S.D." 

To learn more about student research at Northern, visit NSU Undergraduate Research.

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a student-centered institution that provides an outstanding educational experience, preparing students through the liberal arts and professional education for their future endeavors. A regional university, Northern offers rigorous academics; diverse civic, social and cultural opportunities; and a commitment to building an inclusive environment for all points of view. Northern also offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sports that compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC). The university strives to enrich the community through partnerships such as its Educational Impact Campaign, which opened a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; new athletic and recreation fields; and an on-campus regional sports complex. With the $55 million campaign, NSU has been the recipient of more than $150 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions