There is more to a college education than simply coursework. Students can learn important skills and life lessons from academic team activities.
Students interested in computer science have the opportunity to hone their programming, teamwork, and problem-solving skills through programming competitions. DSU competes in the North Central region of the Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC).
DSU's defensive security teams meet and practice weekly to prepare for various defensive security competitions, both regionally and nationally. Students are able to apply topics discussed in classes – networking, security, and administration – to real-world scenarios. The competitions charge the teams with defending a small computer network from attack while keeping the network functional. DSU teams have competed in the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC), the Department of Energy Cyber Defense Competition (DoE CDC), and the ISEAGE Cyber Defense Competition (CDC).
Dakota State has plans to re-establish a debate team beginning in the fall of 2019.
In the 1930’s, DSU had a successful debate program coached by faculty member Karl Mundt. Mundt later went on to become a U.S. Congressman from South Dakota. A professor of economics, psychology and speech, he helped found the National Forensics League, now known as the National Speech and Debate Association. A South Dakota high school speech tournament named after Mundt is still held every year on campus.
In 2019, a newly hired experienced debate coach/speech instructor will build a team to participate in collegiate Lincoln-Douglas and/or parliamentary style debates throughout the Midwest region. The new coach will also teach the debate course, SPCM222 Argumentation and Debate, which satisfies the S.D. Board of Regent’s goal for oral communication.
DSU's offensive security teams put their skills to the test in offensive-focused competitions. These competitions showcase the students’ abilities with reverse engineering and malware analysis, software exploitation, penetration testing and ethical hacking, and web application security. Teams compete in various capture-the-flag (CTF) events as well as National Cyber League and the Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC).