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Doctoral Residency

Welcome to Ph.D. Residency

Our Residency program is an annual on-campus event held for students in our Beacom College of Computing and Cyber Sciences Ph.D. programs in Computer Science, Cyber Defense, and Cyber Operations. The Doctoral Residency is an opportunity for our doctoral students to converge on topics relevant to our field. Activities will include doctoral dissertation proposal defenses, final dissertation proposal defenses, program meetings, and a selection of guests who will discuss topics ranging from doctoral program progression to research themes in our field.

Doctoral students are required to attend our Residency events. Each student should enroll for CSC 890 (one credit each, three separate years). If students are unable to travel to the Residency please contact your program coordinator. You will also find information about our annual Research Symposia which runs concurrent to the Residency, and DakotaCon which succeeds it.

Residency Information

Graduate Students

The links below will provide the information you need to make preparations for Residency participation. After registering for credit and making travel plans, please contact student services to acquire a student identification card. Identification will help you manage some of your university access privileges. Information—especially the agenda, will be updated often. If you have any questions, please contact your advisor or program coordinator, or feel free to contact us at the Graduate Office ((605) 256-5799). We look forward to having you on campus for a few days. And, we know you will enjoy meeting and networking with other doctoral students.

Before you arrive on campus you need to have your ID badge created.  We want this ready for you on the first day of your residency.  Simply use the link below, sign in and follow the instructions.  If you have issues you can always reach out to Kim Wermers by email at Kim.Wermers@dsu.edu.  Your student ID will be needed for Trojan Silver and possibly discounts at other places around town. 

Please plan to fly into the Sioux Falls Regional Airport which is about 45 miles from Dakota State University.  Once you have your travel arrangements made please let us know so we can arrange for airport pick up to take you to DSU.

Travel to and from DSU to the Sioux Falls airport.  If you are flying to and from Sioux Falls airport there is no commercial shuttle between the communities of Sioux Falls and Madison.  However, car rental is available.  Also, DSU Graduate Studies will have a shuttle available.  Please contact Erin.Blankespoor@dsu.edu if you need a right from the airport to DSU.  You will be asked for your arrival time, flight number, and contact information.  There may be some wait time, but we will do our best to accommodate travelers who request assistance.  We will also have a shuttle to and from hotels to DSU each day.

We want your stay for residency to be comfortable and convenient. We have a couple of very nice hotels in our town.  Please see the list below for available options. You will just need to mention that you are part of the DSU Ph.D. Residency March 22-24 when you call to make your reservation.

  • AmericInn is holding a block of rooms for residency students at a rate of $70/room. Includes breakfast bar and swimming.
  • Super 8 will give residency students a rate of $59/night single bed room. Includes a breakfast bar.
  • Best Western Plus Lakeview Hotel  will honor state and government rates for official employees. Includes a breakfast bar, swimming, and amenities.

While you are here, we hope you will enjoy the conveniences of small town dining.  Most of the listings below are just a short walk or drive from campus.  We do also offer dining on campus through Sodexo.  You can purchase Trojan Silver while you are attending residency to pay for your meals at the Marketplace on campus.  Trojan Silver is easily loaded onto your Student ID card.  Easy and convenient!  If you want to experience other dining options, please see the list below for other opportunities. 

Sundog Coffee has been very generous and provided coupons for our PhD Residency students.  Go check them out!  Make sure to wear your DSU student ID badge. 

To help you become more familiar with your classmates, the following doctoral students have consented to share their professional information by sharing the address to their “Linked-In” bios. If you would like to list your “Linked-In” professional information, please send that link to the DSU Graduate Office at gradoffice@dsu.edu.

Charles Begian

Justin Burr

Robert Cannistra

JP Cheenepalli

Jonathan Cole

Jude Ejiobi

Micah Flack

Eli Fulkerson

Leron Gray

Malik A. Gladden

Corey Hartman

Kurt Jarvis

Jason Jenkins

Michael MacFadden

Sean McElroy

Daniel Nash

Brian Vasquez

Paul Wagner

Tobi West