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Brookings, SD – Research institutions across South Dakota have become the birthplace of new innovations, technologies and start-up businesses thanks to a statewide collaboration in research investments. A report recently commissioned by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) links university research with economic growth in areas surrounding university towns. The study conducted by the Brookings Institution for the WSJ, found that strong economic resiliency correlated with the presence of a major research institution, in particular, land-grant institutions where the focus is on applied research, agriculture and engineering. In the Wall Street Journal’s article There’s an Antidote to America’s Long Economic…

BOOKINGS, SD — Tomorrow’s scientists, researchers, engineers and mathematicians are getting their start with hands-on, inquiry-based problem solving thanks to school science fair research projects. “Right now, South Dakota is facing a real shortage of people who are trained in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines,” according to Dr. Jim Rice, SD EPSCoR Director. “We are trying to use South Dakota’s science fair programs as a platform for strengthening the ability of K-12 STEM educational programs to guide students onto a career path that will be an important part of South Dakota’s future STEM workforce.” Rice is the director…

Rapid City, SD – A unique collaboration between South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT) researchers, the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the Army Research Lab has resulted in a technology-driven manufacturing process that is changing the way metals are repaired and maintained. VRC Metal Systems was founded in 2013 by Rob Hrabe and Christian Widener after obtaining an exclusive license for the commercialization of a patent-pending innovation for a hand-held, high-pressure cold spray system. Located in Rapid City, VRC currently has 36 employees and is actively hiring additional staff with the goal of reaching 50…

October 21, 2016 BOOKINGS, S.D. — South Dakota’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (SD EPSCoR) recently completed the first series of its 2016-2017 Educator Academy programs that provide professional development activities to encourage and support science fair participation among K-12 students. This fall’s SD EPSCoR Educator Academy series took place at six campuses across South Dakota throughout September and October engaging 45 middle and high school science teachers representing 33 school districts. The workshops were the first segment of the annual academy that focuses on providing teachers the knowledge, skills and tools to assist students in the development of…

–FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE– Brookings, SD — From biopharmaceutical companies that are leading the fight against disease to industry-leading electronics companies that light venues throughout world, South Dakota is home to hundreds of science and technology businesses thanks to a unique partnership of state government, higher education and the private sector. The result of this partnership was the South Dakota Science and Technology (S&T) plan, first created in 2010 at the request of Governor Mike Rounds. In 2013 Governor Dennis Daugaard tasked the SD EPSCoR Advisory Committee to update the plan to help guide and focus infrastructure development investments, as well…