College of Arts & Sciences Missouri River Institute

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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. 

Components of the MRI:


The MRI promotes interdisciplinary research on the Missouri River. To enhance this research, the MRI contributes faculty, student, equipment, and funding resources toward research projects that address issues related to the Missouri River system. 


The MRI is developing new curricula and academic programs for introductory and advanced river studies at USD. This includes undergraduate courses and graduate programs centered on riverine and environmental studies. 


The MRI is active in projects to promote understanding of and interaction with the river. 

ContactUs  Missouri River Institute Director

David Swanson
(605) 677-6175