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USD's Center for Ultra-low Background Experiments at Dakota (CUBED) is a South Dakota Governor's Research Center. CUBED allows USD and collaborators to more fully participate in experiments planned for the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) under development at the former Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, SD. More information regarding specific research topics is available on University Research.

Research Objectives

  • Develop a critical mass of expertise in the state to contribute to large-scale collaborations planned for SURF.
  • Increase the number of research faculty members and other research personnel in nuclear physics and materials sciences.
  • Compete effectively for external funding by maintaining a focus on areas of interest congruent with planned SURF experiments, in such areas as underground crystal growth, counting facility, purification/depletion facility for noble liquids and underground electroforming of copper.
  • Train and educate graduate and undergraduate students as a way to develop the scientific workforce for the state of South Dakota.

Information about CUBED Research


Dongming Mei leads a strong and diverse team of researchers from a wide range of collaborating institutions, including:

  • University of South Dakota
  • South Dakota State University
  • Dakota State University
  • South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
  • Augustana College
  • Black Hills State University
  • South Dakota Science & Technology Authority
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • University of North Carolina
  • Brown University
  • Princeton University

Please access the CUBED SharePoint site for collaborator information and additional links.


Name Department & Office Contact
Dongming Mei
  • Director, CUBED / Professor
Patterson Hall 103