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Division of Research & Economic Development

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 ranked 182nd for total research and development expenditures in 2019, according to the National Science Foundation. 

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SDSU researchers working to fill in educational gaps for rural students

In the United States, roughly one-sixth of all K-12 students attend rural school districts. These students face many challenges and are often hampered by both a lack of funding and resources. ...

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Samitinjaya Dhakal, a South Dakota State University graduate student, recently won the American Society for Nutrition’s Graduate Student Research Award Competition. This award is the highest possible honor for graduate students pursuing research in the nutrition science discipline. ...
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SDSU soccer team collaborates with researchers, WHOOP for study

Throughout his time coaching, South Dakota State University women’s soccer coach Brock Thompson has always looked to provide his team an edge.