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On February 26, 2016, twenty American Indian students and chapter advisors from five of the state university’s American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) chapters came together as part of SD EPSCoR diversity efforts to strategize ways to increase the retention and graduation of American Indian students.  This one day session focused on key obstacles that American Indian students face when they enter college.  The group as a whole shared successes that they have had in an effort to put forth a list of recommendations that can be adopted by all South Dakota universities and colleges.

Faculty members at Dakota State University participated in computer science education in their community by supporting an outreach program called “Hour of Code” December 7-8. The Hour of Code event is a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to show that anyone can learn the basics of programming. It is run by Code.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding computer science. Jennifer Nash and Rob Honomichl participated in the two-day event at Madison Elementary School (MES). They attended multiple classes to talk about the possibilities of careers in computer science and assisted students if they needed help. Nash, who is…

South Dakota NASA EPSCoR is eligible each year for competitive research awards from NASA, providing $750,000 over a three-year period. SD NASA EPSCoR research teams have received 10 of these awards since 2007 totaling in $7.5 million. David Salem, Director of the Composites and Polymer Engineering Laboratory at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, has received funding through NASA EPSCoR for a project titled “Structural Thermal Insulation Composites.” The project, led by SDSMT in collaboration with the University of South Dakota in Vermillion and the NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Materials Science Division, is to develop lightweight, structural…

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The top-scoring South Dakota School of Mines & Technology student programming team placed ninth out of 223 teams in the North Central North American Regional Programming Contest, which included both United States and Canadian teams. SD Mines had five of the top seven teams in South Dakota, with the best four finishing in the top 10 percent of the region and all five teams in the top 20 percent.The invitational contest prepares teams for competition in the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) World Finals, known as the Olympics of computer science, to be held in Thailand…

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded the South Dakota NASA EPSCoR program a $750,000 award to develop materials to be used in the future exploration of other planets. The goal of the project, titled “Development of Direct-Write Materials, and Electronic and Electromagnetic Devices for NASA Printable Spacecraft,” is to develop the necessary research base that will enable printable spacecraft to become a reality. “NASA reviewers described the proposed research as unique and innovative, and aimed at solving a critical problem for NASA,” said Ed Duke, director of the SD NASA EPSCoR program. The research team was originally…

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