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That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

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Undergraduate Research

2024 Research Symposium

Join the Office of Research and Economic Development and the Coordinator of Undergraduate Research on March 20, 2024, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Beacom Collaboration Center to celebrate and acknowledge undergraduate researchers, their work, and mentorship!

Applications to participate are open until March 1, 2024.

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Explore your ideas in a world brimming with limitless discoveries at DSU.

Research students gathered around a computer.

Our unique opportunities allow students to work with faculty to produce original contributions to the knowledge or activity of a particular academic discipline. Our mission is to establish services and programs that support students and faculty mentors in their pursuit of inquiry, creativity, scholarship, and research.

We encourage you to become involved in undergraduate research and scholarship, no matter what year you may be in your program. It takes time, effort, and collaboration to discover a research project, so the sooner you start the better! 

As a researcher, you’ll divulge in experiences that lead you to new knowledge, improve your ability to solve problems, think critically, result in new theory, create new art, or artistic performances. Faculty members are also at your service, as they will work closely with you or monitor your milestones throughout your research process.

Interested? We thought you might be!

To get started, follow these steps:

  • Find a subject that interests you – was there anything in your classes that left you wanting more? Was there a topic you enjoyed learning about?
  • Find a faculty mentor – make an appointment with faculty members and share your idea(s), prepare for your meeting by outlining your idea and your question, ask for advice and guidance
  • Identify funding opportunities – brainstorm with your mentor to identify grants, awards, or scholarships that may benefit your project
  • Develop a plan of action – including goals, steps, timelines, budgets, and objectives
  • Attend the annual DSU Research Symposium – every March or April, we host a research fair; plan to attend or present
  • Have fun! – your research is an invaluable investment in your education and future career. Having fun throughout the process will make it even more memorable

Expanding upon research

undergraduate student researcher

As a researcher, you can enhance your learning and critical thinking, develop an understanding of research methodology, improve collaborative working skills, explore and expand areas of interest, build communication skills, and develop other numerous skills that will play an important role in your career.

Every spring, we host the DSU Research Symposium. This allows students to share their discoveries and showcase their work through oral presentations, fine arts exhibits and performances, poster presentations, and more.

This event is an excellent way for students to sharpen their presentation skills and gain confidence.

Stacey Berry

Stacey Berry

Professor/ Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences / Coordinator of Undergraduate Research / Institutional Review Board (IRB) Chair


College of Arts and Sciences


Office Location: Beadle Hall
Phone: (605) 256-5270

Research News

Denyce Bravo holding a pipette in the biology lab at DSU.

Alfalfa research expands to honey

A new project at Dakota State University shows why honey is useful to treat infections on a molecular basis by looking at honey produced by bees that gather nectar from alfalfa and its antimicrobial properties.

Students utilizing flexible seating options in Dr. Scott Klungseth's Exercise Science class.

Klungseth researching flexible seating in college setting

Pedal. Glide. Stand. Balance. These are a few of the options available in flexible seating classrooms, or classrooms that allow for student movement. While there has been plenty of research on flexible seating in the K-12 education environment, that hasn’t been the case in higher education, so Dr. Scott Klungseth, Associate Professor in Exercise Science at Dakota State University, is looking to change that.

DSU student David Siemienas pictured with a blue background that has dots connected with lines.

DSU student sees latest tech at trade show

Dakota State University junior Cyber Operations major David Siemienas attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), an annual trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association, in January.

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“Being able to do research and hopefully have technical articles published as an undergraduate is a unique honor, and I’m incredibly thankful to DSU for all these opportunities.”

Sara Stehlik, Network and Security Administration (BS) - ''21