Research at DSU

Innovation starts with creative minds.  

We immerse those creative minds in an environment that celebrates and rewards new thinking and new ideas. Dakota State University is proud to nurture that environment -- to be the catalyst -- for rewarding creation, invention and opportunity for growth.

Research in the College of Business & Information Systems

The key to our success: DSU has some of the best faculty minds in technology, information systems and analytics. We have positioned ourselves as the experts in IT security with recognition by federal agencies, notably the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the NSA. DSU also hosts the annual security conference, DaktoaCon, which brings the nation's best cyber security experts to South Dakota. 

Faculty members in the College of Business and Information Systems are building a recognized research portfolio in cyber security, health informatics and data analytics.

DSU is proud to be a national leader in accessible learning as our faculty and staff continue to educate our campus and others around the world about assistive technologies that ensure all students have access to a quality education.

Research in the College of Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts & Sciences continues to provide leadership in demonstrating the application of technology to the arts, humanities, science, math, music and theatre.

An innovative creation between faculty and students led to a pairing of vocal music with video games in a one-of-a-kind performance for the DSU Music Program.

Art students created a site-specific sculptural installation bridging DSU's rich history and technology mission. Books were the chosen medium for the project as they represent the tradition method of transmitting information, i.e., the printed word. They refer to the education mission at DSU, speaking to the history of the institution. The students chose RGB as the project's theme, using only books from those colors. RGB stands for red, green and blue, the primary colors of light and the color model for electronic devices like tablets, scanners and monitors.

DSU undergraduate students have been commended on their research in the sciences with awards and recognition from NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium and the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National Center for Environmental Research.

Research in the College of Education 

In the College of Education, faculty are conducting interdisciplinary research at the intersection of the humanities and technology, and their application in the classroom. Currently, research is underway investigating the effects of multitasking on learning and interventions that potentially impact classroom learning.

Faculty and students in the exercise science program are studying the effects of nutrition and over-the-counter medications on human performance, both athletic and non-athletic.

Our research culture

Student and Faculty Research Initiative awards are a catalyst on campus for exploring new directions and germinating new ideas. The University Research Committee continues its work to build the culture of research at DSU so that both students and faculty have the means and the opportunities to be agents of innovation in South Dakota.