South Dakota, 2018
Current Place of Residence: South Dakota
University: University of South Dakota
Current/Recent Course: BSc Chemistry
Joshua T. Arens, Yankton, graduated from the University of South Dakota in 2017 with a B.Sc in Chemistry, summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA. Joshua researches a wide range of environmental problems and solutions, from reexamining the role of automobiles in society to discovering greener synthetic routes for polymers. Joshua is an evangelist for science-based policymaking. He is both a Truman Scholar and a Fulbright Scholar. During his time at the University of South Dakota, Joshua brought TEDx to campus and led a campaign to name the University a sanctuary campus. A fifth generation South Dakotan, Joshua grew up on a cattle and crop farm.