Regional Science Education Center

Enhancing research and science education

Architectural drawing of the sign and front of 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 is set to open 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 nears completion:



Man working on wolf statue
A New Wolf At Northern

A brand new wolf will soon be watching over the Jewett Regional Science Education Center when it opens this fall at Northern State University.


South Dakota sculptor John Lopez is creating the wolf sculpture, which will stand in front of the main entrance of the science center.


“My inspiration was the wolf itself – the strength and power they possess,” Lopez said. “I like to find a motion or design within all the animals I do and a wolf has so much long hair that I could really go for it with a different kind of texture than I have attempted before.”


The sculpture is the size of a life-sized wolf, Lopez said, and is fabricated out of found objects and shapes of steel that he cut with his plasma cutter.


“I use materials that I find on local farms and ranches near my studio in Lemmon,” he said.


A Northern graduate, Lopez said he discovered his gift for sculpture at Northern. 


“I fell in love with the bronze casting process and cast three of my very first castings in the foundry on campus,” he said. “I was hooked and pursued a career in sculpture from then on.”


Lopez said the sculpture – which was made possible by the generosity of a donor family – is complete and ready for installation.