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NASA awards $750,000 in experimental research funds to Mines
Release Date Thursday, June 26, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (June 26, 2014) – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is among a select group of universities each awarded $750,000 in NASA experimental research funds, NASA announced today.

“Mines has a record of success with NASA and we will use these funds to stimulate research in areas important to the NASA mission for the nation and the region,” said Heather Wilson, president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

Below is the announcement from NASA.

RELEASE: 14-181

NASA Announces Education Research Program Award Recipients 

NASA is awarding $11.25 million to 15 colleges and universities across the United States to conduct basic research and technology development in areas including climate change, nanotechnology, astrophysics, aviation and other areas relevant to the agency’s missions.

The awards, each valued at $750,000, are made through NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

One proposal was selected from each of the following universities and organizations:

  • College of Charleston, South Carolina
  • Maine Space Grant Consortium
  • Montana State University, Bozeman
  • New Mexico State University
  • South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Rapid City
  • University of Hawaii, Honolulu
  • University of Idaho, Moscow
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington
  • University of Mississippi, University
  • University of Missouri, Rolla
  • University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of Oklahoma, Norman
  • University of Puerto Rico, San Juan
  • University of Vermont, Burlington

EPSCoR is managed by NASA’s Office of Education. The program helps develop partnerships among NASA research missions and programs, academic institutions and industry. It also helps the awardees establish long-term academic research enterprises that will be self-sustaining and competitive, and contribute to the institution’s economic viability and development.

To view an abstract from each of the 2014 EPSCoR education research selectees and to learn more about EPSCoR in general, visit:

For more information about NASA’s education programs, visit: 


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