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Graduate Research

Research or creative scholarship may be the cornerstone of your graduate education. Study what interests you most at a university dedicated to graduate student research.

Your Research is Our Priority.

Through research and creative scholarship, you can maximize your educational experience and create meaningful contributions to your field of study. This is your opportunity to make your mark.

At the University of South Dakota, you'll have the support you need to follow your curiosity and find answers to your questions about the world. Faculty and students pursue research in virtually all academic departments on campus, and in many cases, research or creative scholarship is a required portion of a graduate degree program. Whether you are on a research team, leading your own project or contributing your skills to a mission-oriented institute, you'll gain invaluable experience and have opportunities to share your findings with the larger research community.

Make a difference and pursue your passion through research and creative scholarship at USD.


Leaders in Research

Through strong partnerships and support of bright minds, USD's research centers foster academic excellence and spur economic growth. 
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Let's Hear Your Research Question

You have questions worth exploring. We're here to help you answer them.


Join a vibrant research community at USD that supports your ambitions. From grants to state-of-the-art facilities, we've created a rich research environment to help you pursue your unique questions about our world through Graduate Research and Creative Scholarship Grants.


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Share Your Discoveries

Graduate students are encouraged to participate in the annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition, which is an opportunity to communicate the significance and impact of your research project to a non-specialized audience in just three minutes. You can also present at IdeaFest or other conferences around the country.


Your research can have an impact beyond our campus. Conduct research at sites around the world, connect with other scholars and share your voice as a student at USD.


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Mentorship & Learning

USD is home to nationally- and internationally-recognized faculty who are making a difference through their research. You'll have the opportunity to learn from experts in your area of study and get involved in faculty-led research projects. 


Here are just a few examples of the research and creative scholarship activities our faculty have been involved in:


  • Using NASA Space Grant funding to study how virtual reality (VR) systems can support STEM education.

  • Contributing to a momentous study on one of the world’s rarest chameleon species.

  • Devising mathematical models to predict the spread of viruses and anticipate resource needs.


Meet Our Faculty
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Research Opportunities Abound

The Medical School promotes and supports the engagement of USD medical students in a wide variety of research and scholarly activities with the recognition that research plays an important role in the field of medicine.

Opportunities for Incoming and Current Medical Students

Departments & Facilities

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to helping you access your research goals. Check out the departments and offices focused on supporting graduate research at USD.
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Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

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.

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