South Dakota professors meet with congressional staff

South Dakota professors meet with congressional staff
Three South Dakota professors will travel to Washington, DC this week to meet with congressional representatives and display the importance of South Dakota research.

Dr. Ranjit Koodali from The University of South Dakota, Dr. Brian Logue from South Dakota State University and Dr. Andrea Surovek from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology will attend the Annual Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Coalition meeting being held in Washington, DC.

The EPSCoR Coalition meeting is open to congressional staff, agency officials, and participants of the EPSCoR and the Institutional Development Award program (IDeA).

The EPSCoR Coalition meeting gives states the opportunity to show Congress the importance of programs, like EPSCoR, that support and fund state research, faculty and student programs. The South Dakota EPSCoR program received $6.75 million in April 2006, which will be used to strengthen South Dakota's research infrastructure and reinforce the state's research in Photo-Activated Nanoscale Systems (PANS). Some of the funded activities and participants include university research equipment, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, the Women in Science Conferences and the annual Student Research Poster Session.

"The workshop will ? provide an opportunity for me to interact with federal policy-makers and to impress upon them (the need) to continue strong support."

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