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A Message from VP Daniel Scholl - April 17, 2020


About the Division of Research and Economic Development

The Division of Research and Economic Development works closely with university researchers, business leaders, and other sponsors to promote faculty expertise aimed at solving real-world problems in society and industry. The university has positioned itself as a leader in agriculture and precision agriculture, remote sensing and life sciences. The research enterprise also capitalizes on expertise in digital technology related to agriculture and resource management.

The precision agriculture initiative brings together experts from computer science, statistics, engineering, remote sensing and agriculture, as well as industry partners to increase the profitability and the sustainability of agriculture.

  • Research expenditures increased by more than $4 million from $63.5 million in fiscal year 2018 to $67.6 million in fiscal year 2019. This 6.5% increase moves the university closer to its Imagine 2023 goal of increasing research productivity by 40%.
  • SDSU's National Science Foundation ranking for total research and development expenditures has improved from 185th in 2008 to 178th in 2017.
  • Faculty researchers provide scientific leadership through different research centers: 
    • North Central Regional Sun Grant Center 
    • Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence
    • Ethel Austin Martin Program in Human Nutrition
    • Biosystems Networks and Translational Research (BioSNTR)
    • South Dakota Center for Biologics Research and Commercialization 
    • In addition, SDSU researchers will play a key role in the state’s newest research center, the South Dakota Biofilm Science and Engineering Center.
  • SDSU has the most active research program in the state with nearly $68 million in research expenditures.
  • More than 800 undergraduates are engaged in research through the Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College.

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Deepak preparing to fly drone over soybean field

NSF project to build farmers’ confidence in precision ag technologies

Building farmer’s confidence in precision agriculture technologies is the goal of a National Science project led by Maaz Gardezi, an assistant professor of sociology and rural studies and an affiliate faculty of natural resource management at South Dakota State.

Zachary Lehmann making half-metallic alloy

NSF grant puts spin in semiconductor materials

Associate physics professor Parashu Kharel received a three-year, nearly $160,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop and test new semiconductor materials.

NIH project seeks to improve cancer-fighting therapeutics

Professor Adam Hoppe is working with researchers at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom to improve the effectiveness of antibody therapeutics designed to fight cancer and target autoimmune disorders, such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.