- Associated Press - Sunday, June 28, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Undergraduate students from across the country are gathering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology this summer to study ballistics and other topics thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation.

The foundation has given the Rapid City school $360,000 to host a new “Research Experience for Undergraduates” site.

Students participating in this research site will focus on modeling projects that include designing grenade timers, measuring the accuracy of weather forecasts, and increasing the efficiency of ethanol purification by minimizing biofouling.

The 10 students participating in this research site are spending their summer in Rapid City and will return to their colleges to finish the project during the school year.

The Science Foundation funds over 600 undergraduate research sites in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

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