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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
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STARS v2.1

Black Hills State University
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Dan Asunskis
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Chemistry
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :
Yes

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The university takes part in two programs, in which students can apply for research stipends to work under the direction of BHSU faculty. The two programs are the BRIN program and the EPSCoR program, both of which have sustainability at the core at BHSU. Students through the EPSCoR program research and test new materials for solar cell applications. Through the BRIN program students work on one of several projects at the Center for the Conservation of Biological Resources housed in the School of Natural Sciences at BHSU.


Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:
Yes

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The university has a seed grant program to initiate and support faculty research. In addition to this, the faculty have access to the South Dakota Board of Regents competitive research grant program. Both of these programs have always had an emphasis on the states and the universities research initiatives for which sustainability is a common thread. Recent examples are the emphasis on renewable energy and biofuels.


Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
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Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
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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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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.