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Bjorn Vaagensmith presents his current research at SDSU

Welcome to the South Dakota Program for Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (SD IGERT). This program provides an opportunity for doctoral candidates at the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, or the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with research interests in solar energy.

The SD IGERT is centered within the Photo-Active Nanoscale Systems (PANS) research collaborative and provides students with financial support and an opportunity to work within a broadly interdisciplinary group of scientists and engineers engaged in a coordinated effort to solve problems with tremendous societal impact. Students may choose from among over thirty faculty mentors on the three campuses and from dozens of different approaches to improving the cost and efficiency of capturing solar energy.  

This website provides you with links to participating faculty and projects, describes coursework available to participants, and provides information to opportunities for internships and mechanisms for sharing your knowledge through outreach. If you don’t find the information you need on the website please contact me (mary.berry@usd.ed), our Program Assistant, Laura Kuschel, or any of the faculty mentors listed within.


Dr. Mary T. Berry
IGERT Program Director
Churchill-Haines Laboratories
Room 115
University of South Dakota
Vermillion, SD 57069
Tel: (605)677-5487
Fax: (605)677-6359
Email: mary.berry@usd.edu