Jewett Regional Science Education Center

Enhancing research and science education for the region

Two students working in the Jewett Regional Science Education Center.

In 2018, Northern State University broke ground on a state-of-the art center that would enhance research and science education for the entire region. 


The NSU Jewett Regional Science Education Center opened for the fall 2019 semester, providing a new home for Northern's biology and chemistry programs. 


Group photo of faculty and students with shovels

It also provides a place for conducting cutting edge research and community outreach to area K-12 students. All of the labs, with the exception of the cadaver lab, will include glass walls so that high school student tours and others passing by can see science in action.


With its prominent placement at the corner of 12th Avenue Southeast and South State Street, the two-story facility serves as a gateway to the Northern campus. 


The center will have a classroom fitted to contain a GIS lab, and an imaging suite that will house Northern’s confocal microscope and two fluorescent scopes. An additional greenhouse will be used primarily by students, while the current greenhouse, connected to Mewaldt-Jensen, will be more for faculty use.


Outside, landscaping will include Dakota native prairie grasses, and green space featuring benches and picnic tables. There will also be an outdoor classroom that could be used by courses such as ecology or plant systematics, as well as possible summer programming.


Take a look at the inside of this facility as this campus construction project neared completion:



Man working on wolf statue
A New Wolf At Northern

A brand new wolf now watches over the Jewett Regional Science Education Center at Northern State University.


The Aberdeen couple who made the new wolf sculpture possible were honored at the science center ribbon-cutting ceremony.  Ka and Sally Squire also got to meet South Dakota sculptor John Lopez, who created the sculpture that now stands in front of the main entrance.


The life-sized wolf sculpture is fabricated out of found objects and shapes of steel that Lopez cut with his plasma cutter. Since it was installed, it has already gotten a lot of attention.


“I’m thrilled,” said Lopez, a Northern alum. “I think it really pops out in front of the building. It’ll be a good thing for people to take pictures with.”


The Squires are thrilled with the outcome. They’re also very happy that others are so excited about the wolf.


“We’re glad it’s so well-received,” Sally said.


“It’s more than we expected,” Ka said.