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As the link between NASA and the citizens of South Dakota, SDSGC's mission is to instill the spirit of exploration and discovery in students, educators, and the general public, with a special focus on the fields of STEM that are essential for the development of the nation’s workforce. SDSGC maintains a statewide network of 22 affiliate organizations representing six public, one private, and two tribal universities, a technical institute, informal science education centers/museums, technology-based industry, and the state’s two federally funded research facilities (USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science “EROS” Center, and Sanford Underground Research Facility “SURF”). Despite ranking 24th overall in per capita income, five of the 25 poorest counties in the nation are in South Dakota, all of which are located on or adjoining the state’s nine Indian reservations. The unique demographics and state research infrastructure serve to shape two of the major themes of SDSGC research and training efforts: 1) increasing representation of women and Native American students and tribal colleges in STEM, and 2) promoting university student and faculty opportunities at EROS and SURF, both of which have significant NASA Science Mission Directorate research activities. Among numerous university students who were funded by SDSGC to participate in NASA internships and then went on to gain employment at NASA Centers and aerospace industry over the past 25 years, one recent graduate is now a certified flight controller at NASA Johnson Space Center’s Mission Control in Houston.
The National Space Grant Foundation is a 501(c)3 Corporation. The Foundation Tax ID number is 52-2288711