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Center for Ultra-low Background Experiments at Dakota (CUBED)
CUBED is a newly designated South Dakota Governor's Research Center which allows USD and collaborators to more fully participate in experiments planned for the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) under development at the former Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, SD.

Disaster Mental Health Institute (DMHI)

This entity provides graduate and undergraduate academic programs in disaster psychology and disaster response, which are recognized nationally and internationally for their quality. Students and faculty deliver emergency disaster mental health services around the world for business and government.

Government Research Bureau (GRB)

Created in 1937 by an act of the South Dakota State Legislature, the GRB conducts applied research through application of the most modern and innovative analysis tools, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Current high profile GRB projects include the National Science Foundation project, entitled "EAGER: The Creation and Classroom Application of a Web Portal for Social Science Methods Education." Most recently the GRB has contracted with Avera Health to conduct an evidenced-based evaluation of the Avera Health eConsult Program. The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the extent to which the program objectives have been met and to what extent these achievements can be attributed to the implementation of the project.

Heimstra Human Factors Laboratory

The Heimstra Laboratory provides the infrastructure and organizational support needed to conduct state-of-the-art research in ergonomics -- the science of designing tools and environments to optimally fit the capabilities and limitations of human operators. Heimstra Lab research sponsored by government agencies and corporations provides expanded training opportunities for students pursuing advanced degrees in applied psychology.

Missouri River Institute

The University of South Dakota established the Missouri River Institute (MRI) to develop and promote research, education, and public awareness related to the natural and cultural resources of the Missouri River Basin.

South Dakota Oral History Center

The South Dakota Oral History Center collects and preserves voices of the people of the Northern Plains. The acquisition and preservation methods are a major part of the Native Studies program, allowing students to have an active role in the Oral tradition. 

Photo Activated Nano Scale Systems (PANS)

The Photo Active Nanoscale Systems (PANS) Research Group includes over forty faculty, research staff, graduate and undergraduate students from Augustana College, Black Hills State University, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, South Dakota State University, and the University of South Dakota. Project participants are creating new devices in the area of photo-active nanoscale systems and will address research challenges associated with photovoltaics and solar energy, directwrite electronics, and the use of nanostructured materials for converting solar energy into chemical fuels.

USD Speech & Hearing Center

This is a clinical education center for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in speech-language pathology and audiology. It serves as a clinical service center for children and adults in need of diagnostic, therapeutic and counseling services for a wide variety of communication disorders. The center provides outreach services across the state.

W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership

As part of its mission to offer high-quality academic, enrichment and outreach programs, the Farber Center prepares citizens for civic leadership as well as assists public and non-profit organizations resolve difficult problems.