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  • The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees with more than 325 affiliates in roughly 190 communities around the country. These local affiliates work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. This program helps the world’s most vulnerable refugees find permanent homes, and it demonstrates the immense generosity of the American people. (Source: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/bureau-of-population-refugees-and-migration/ 
  • 119 South Dakota residents hosted or supported 93 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 1,850 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • OES has assisted the Department of Energy (DOE), in securing commitments to the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility and associated Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (LBNF/DUNE) from CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), India, Italy, France, Poland, and the United Kingdom. DOE is planning infrastructure construction in coordination with the Department of State and is inviting foreign partners to participate in the construction of the LBNF/DUNE facility in Lead, South Dakota. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://www.fnal.gov/pub/science/lbnf-dune/international-partnerships.html 
  • A researcher from South Dakota State University received a grant from the U.S.-Egypt Science and Technology Joint Fund for research projects with Egyptian scientists. Selected through a peer-reviewed process, the Joint Fund enables American scientists to conduct high impact research in the fields of agriculture, energy, health, and water and promotes U.S. – Egypt science and technology cooperation. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/Egypt/pga_156529 

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  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Kristin Stewart): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers or Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (Source: Bureau of Human Resources) More: http://careers.state.gov/connect/dir 
  • Two Scholars, Students and Teachers from South Dakota were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 2 international students received a Fulbright to study in South Dakota. (Source: Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • Three students from South Dakota received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, awarded to students of limited financial means. (Source: Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs) More: https://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program 
  • 2,096 international higher education students studied abroad in South Dakota. (Source: Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs) More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 96 exchange visitors from overseas visited South Dakota and 18 South Dakota residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (Source: Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs) More: https://exchanges.state.gov/ 
  • University of South Dakota (USD) and Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya (Peru) are developing new courses taught by USD faculty in Latin America and offered to smaller campuses in the South Dakota Board of Regents system. This partnership is part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public/private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. universities and colleges in the United States to team up with higher education institutions in the rest of the Western Hemisphere region. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 

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