Research & Sponsored Programs

Research & Creative Activities

The University of South Dakota prides itself on a diverse portfolio of scholarship, from artistic performance to medical inventions.  In many ways, USD's modest size but significant scholarly diversity presents an excellent opportunity to engage faculty in focused, distinctive interdisciplinary work.  Such efforts push the boundaries of imagination and discovery, and enrich students' experiences.

Results & Trends

Our annual Grants and Contracts Report summarizes extraordinary progress USD is making toward growing and diversifying our sponsored grants and contracts portfolio.  >MORE

A Few Extraordinary Examples 

An outstanding illustration of interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary effort at USD is the Missouri River Institute, which supports biological and chemical measurements of water quality and assessment of river ecosystems.  The Institute engages faculty and students in exploration of river culture, such as the impact of the river on Native populations and the history of steamboat travel.  Artists capture the beauty of the river in dramatic photographs while information scientists capture river data from satellite images.  Policy for use and conservation of natural resources is an additional area for Institute study.

Interfacing groups in chemistry, engineering, and bioscience create another collaborative hub:   

  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR-supported Photo Activated Nanoscale Systems
  • Governor's 2010 Center for Research & Development of Light-activated Materials
  • DOE-funded South Dakota Catalysis Group
  • NSF-designated Northern Plains Undergraduate Research Center 
  • New PhD program in Biomedical Engineering. 

Not only do these collaborations cross USD departments and programs, but the groups have partnerships with other SD institutions and with national labs.

New leadership of the Department of American Indian Studies and the Institute for American Indian Studies offers opportunity for enhancing projects of regional relevance.  USD's involvement in issues of importance to Native American communities includes projects in Indian law, health disparities and health science training, computer technology in art and language, natural products chemistry, literature, journalism, and preservation of oral histories of the Northern Great Plains. 

Looking for Answers

Looking for answers "Research is to see what everyone else has seen, and think what nobody else has thought." -- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Looking Within

painted figure on wood "Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties." -- Erich Fromm