As an undergraduate student at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, you can take part in research projects, an honor often reserved only for graduate students. The projects you will be working on will allow you to use your skills and imagination to solve science challenges.
A Proud Tradition of Research
Whether it’s a manned voyage to Mars, using DNA-based forensics to fight terrorism, or simply designing a truly environment-friendly SUV, the simple fact is that tomorrow’s leaders will be those skilled enough, curious enough, intelligent enough, to research ... discover ... and invent tomorrow. At the School of Mines, these are the kind of scientists, engineers, and leaders we’ve been graduating since 1885.
More than a hundred years later, our commitment to research and development continues to result in powerful economic, social, and lifestyle benefits for the region, the state, and the nation. In fact, we receive nearly $21 million annually in research funding from a variety of organizations including NASA, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the National Science Foundation, and the State of South Dakota.
The Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL)
The School of Mines is proud to be a leading partner in bringing the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) at the former Homestake Mine in nearby Lead, South Dakota, from an extraordinary vision to a phenomenal reality. Today, as we continue to prepare leaders in engineering and science, we are collaborating with our colleagues to transform Homestake into a world-class laboratory to further exceptional research and discoveries not yet imagined. The opportunities available for faculty and student research at the DUSEL are amazing.
What do you have in mind?
As an undergraduate student at the School of Mines, you’ll work in high-tech laboratories and routinely collaborate with faculty on cutting-edge scientific research and development initiatives in the fields that interest you. Our students research everything from national defense to nanotechnology to remote sensing, global warming, fiber-reinforced composites, ultra-lightweight space systems, futuristic transportation, energy resource development, and mineral extraction and processing.
Students design, build, and test alternative fuel vehicles at our Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (CAMP), win international engineering competitions, make presentations at national conferences, and conduct research at off-campus sites as far away as Norway, Guatemala, Mozambique, and Mongolia.
Eager to build a better world?
At the School of Mines, we believe that the next big leap in the quality of human life could very well depend on you. So if you’re curious about tomorrow, why not help invent it?