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Sustainable RIVER REU Gives Students a Chance to Study Missouri River

Sustainability Missour River Students from the Sustainable RIVER program listen to instructions before kayaking down the Missouri River.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota is hosting a new National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program called Sustainable RIVER or Remediating InVasives to Encourage Resilience.

Supporting 10 students for 11 weeks during the summers of 2017-2019, Sustainable RIVER REU participants will examine the functioning and management of the Missouri River.

“Conducting undergraduate research is high-impact practice in education,” said Meghann Jarchow, coordinator for the Sustainability Program and principal investigator of the Sustainable RIVER REU. “These experiences are often transformative for students."

Through individual research projects with faculty mentors from USD’s Missouri River Institute, students will address the question of how invasive elements in the Missouri River and its uplands affect the sustainability of the river and the humans who depend on it.

“USD is well-suited for this project because we have a depth of multidisciplinary research expertise on the Missouri River, and we have systems-thinking trained faculty members through our Sustainability Program,” said Jarchow.

A list of the faculty and research projects can be found on the Sustainable RIVER homepage.


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


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