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The South Dakota Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (SD EPSCoR) has lauched a free database of curriculum enhancement resources for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) teachers serving middle and high school students. The education portal, located at sdepscor.org/edportal, offers curriculum modules based on current scientific research occurring in South Dakota’s higher education institutions and are aligned with the new South Dakota Science Standards. “We know how busy teachers are”, said Dr. Rhea Waldman, Education Outreach Specialist with SD EPSCoR. “Our education portal will help teachers get students excited about STEM and transition them to the new South Dakota Science…

BROOKINGS, SD – Dr. Jim Rice, the Executive Director of the South Dakota Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (SD EPSCoR) Program will retire after 16 years of service to the state and 28 years as a Professor of Chemistry at South Dakota State University. He served as Head of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry from 1999 until 2015. Under Dr. Rice’s leadership both SD EPSCoR and the Department saw significant growth. SD EPSCoR evolved from an institution-based program to one that now involves every public, private and tribal college and university in South Dakota. Rice has helped the organization…

An experienced and skilled workforce is a critical element in ensuring the success of new, start-up businesses. Bridging the gap between workforce supply and industry demand has for years, been an ongoing challenge. The 2020 Vision: The South Dakota Science and Technology (S&T) plan addresses this need through a unique strategic initiative; the Dakota Seeds Program, a program that assists South Dakota businesses in funding internships to build, nurture and retain the state’s young talent following college graduation. Established in 2008 as a partnership between the South Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (SD EPSCoR) and the Governor’s Office…

More than 700 students from across western South Dakota traveled to Rapid City, South Dakota Tuesday, March 28 to compete in the 62nd Annual High Plains Regional Science and Engineering Fair (HPRSEF), hosted by South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSM&T) on the SDSMT campus. A science fair research project is a capstone learning activity that helps students understand and apply the scientific method, develop their problem-solving skills and serve as the basis for exploring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. The fair showcased research projects from 25 schools in grades 6-12. The HPRSEF saw an increase in…

Aberdeen, S.D. — Students from across northern South Dakota gathered in Aberdeen, South Dakota Thursday, March 23, 2017 to showcase their student research projects in the 34th Annual Northern South Dakota Science and Mathematics (NSDSMF) hosted by Northern State University. A science fair research project is a capstone learning activity that helps students understand and apply the scientific method, develop their problem-solving skills and serve as the basis for exploring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. The fair showcased research projects from more than 230 students in grades 6-12. The NSDSMF also included 48 volunteer judges to evaluate 191…

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