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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.07
Liaison Kathy Johnson
Submission Date April 21, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Black Hills State University
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Dan Asunskis
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Chemistry
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that is one week or more in length?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution, including how each program addresses the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainability:

This project funded by the REU Sites Program in the Chemistry Division and the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) both at the National Science Foundation (NSF) supports a Research Experience for Undergraduates Site that will support two students at BHSU during the ten week summer program. It is focused on environmental and green materials chemistry and provide the students with multi-disciplinary research experiences. The goal is to provide cutting-edge research experiences, mentoring, and research-themed professional development to increase the students' preparedness to pursue graduate school or environmental/green chemistry careers.

Additionally, BHSU Geography students in Spring of 2017 studied how the history and geography impact the foodways of Italy. Students in the class traveled to the Tuscan region of Italy over Spring Break to see the food system first hand. They presented research projects based on their field work. Topics in this class involved the slow food movement and how Italy's culture and politics vary from the United States. Students learned about the local food work happening in Spearfish and compared and contrasted current local issues with those of Italy.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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