Academic Research at USF

Scholarly and creative research fosters a positive, collaborative environment where students thrive. The University of Sioux Falls fully engages students at the undergraduate and graduate level through transformational research opportunities that enhance critical thinking skills and provide real-world experience for students entering the job market or pursuing advanced degree programs.

The University of Sioux Falls also offers opportunities for students to work with faculty scholars in a variety of fields. Listed below are several research opportunities available to undergraduate and graduate students.


Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges

The purpose of the Consortium is to promote the betterment of computer-oriented curricula in two- and four-year colleges and universities; to improve the use of computing as an educational resource for all disciplines; to encompass regional constituencies devoted to this purpose; and to promote a national liaison among local, regional, and national organizations also devoted to this purpose.

USF Research Symposium

The Research Symposium provides opportunities for undergraduate students to hone their professional skills especially in speaking and writing, to grow as scholars, add to their resumes and cultivate relationships from different disciplines. Learn more.


USF is a partner institution of the South Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) which provides natural sciences students with an opportunity to be involved in research projects on campus. Learn more.

Math on the Northern Plains

The University of Sioux Falls participates in the Mathematics on the Northern Plains Undergraduate Conference and recently hosted the 19th annual conference on campus. This event allows undergraduate students from all universities in the region to present results of their mathematical research or projects. Learn more.

Researching at USF has prepared me for the future as I now know what capability I have for pursuing my career as an actuary. I’ve been told before that the actuarial exams are difficult to pass, but I have more confidence in myself than I did before because of my ability to sit down and work on something that I am dedicated to.

-Applied Mathematics major Austin Nordike

Fulbright Student Program

The Fulbright Student Program is a program that offers fellowships abroad for one academic year to graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals, scientists and artists. USF recently hosted a Fulbright Day, where a Fulbright Outreach Representative met with students who were interested in applying for the program. Learn more.

I can confidently say that my time spent in the nursing program, the honors program and throughout my liberal arts curriculum has really equipped me with the ability to consider things from different perspectives—to think critically and to ask more probing questions. Hopefully, these skills will give me the ability to adapt and adjust in a new culture, and also to remain open-minded about the new things that will inevitably be coming my way during my time in Bulgaria!

-Nursing major Moira Duffy, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Bulgaria


Graduate Research Conference

The Fredrikson School of Education hosts the Graduate Research Conference which gives education students an opportunity to present their research in the field of education. The event is hosted every spring on USF's campus.

Johnson Leadership Forum

The Johnson Leadership Forum gives MBA students the opportunity to present their research findings to the USF campus community. It also celebrates the accomplishments of professional studies graduates and the 11 students that completed the first-ever 12-month MBA Program. Learn more