Research & Faculty
Innovation and discovery happen here. USD provides students and faculty with the resources, facilities and support they need to be thought-leaders in research and creative scholarship.
Turning Ideas into Impact
USD is a vibrant research institution where thought-leaders ask questions and find high-impact solutions. With expert faculty, robust facilities and centers committed to strong research activity, USD generates knowledge that has real-world impact on our global and local communities.
By getting involved in our research community, you'll not only be able to pursue your interests – you'll also gain unique, hands-on experience that enriches your understanding of our world.
Leaders in Research
Carnegie Classification: Doctoral University – High research value.
Graduate research programs have had a significant impact on the economy of South Dakota, through grants, business creation, and innovative science.
Of research investment in South Dakota over the past 5 years.
Make a Difference
Our passion for learning drives us to ask important questions and find transformative solutions.
As a part of our research community, you'll engage in research and creative scholarship that has real-world impact. From exploring global issues to serving our home state of South Dakota, you have an opportunity to make a difference here.
The Thought-Leaders Behind Our Research
USD is home to internationally recognized scholars whose research and creative scholarship have real-world impact.
By supporting our faculty's research endeavors and connecting students with opportunities to learn from the experts, we cultivate a community of leaders and learners who never stop asking questions that matter.
Recent Research News
JoElla Kleinhesselink, a junior economics and political science double major at the University of South Dakota, was named a 2022-2023 David L. Boren Scholar and will study Afrikaans at the University of Cape Town in South Africa next spring.
Two University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences faculty members have collaborated on an enterprise to help dental patients curb the risks of alcohol and drug addiction and have been awarded a grant to implement their idea.
The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment has released the first “State of South Dakota Children’s Wellbeing Data Initiative Report.”
Departments & Facilities
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs supports and expands competitive research and creative scholarship at USD. The office oversees USD's research function, assisting faculty and researchers, generating student opportunities, and establishing and administering policies governing the conduct of research and overseeing the management of research programs.