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    LEAD, S.D. -- Two University of South Dakota graduate students in physics are working on experiments this summer nearly a mile underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in the Black Hills.
  • Top Producer

    The Department of Physics was recognized by the American Physical Society as being a Top Producer for having females earn a large fraction of Master’s degrees awarded  during the time period from 2010 - 2012, which ranked them in the top five nationally for all master’s producing institutions.  

  • Germanium
    Born inside distant, pulsating stars, germanium is a rare element on Earth most closely related to silicon and tin. Researchers at USD are working on ways to turn this shiny, grayish white metalloid into extremely sensitive sensors that may someday reveal the secrets of dark...

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