The National Science Board will hold its Fall 2010 Meeting on the Black Hills State University campus Friday, Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. until noon in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union, Jacket Legacy Room. Seating is limited.

The National Science Board (NSB) is a 25-member policy-making body for the National Science Foundation and advisory body to the President and Congress on science and engineering issues. Representing a variety of sectors, science and engineering disciplines and geographic areas, NSB members are selected for their eminence in research, education, or public service, and records of distinguished service. NSB members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The NSF Director serves as an ex-officio member of the Board.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2010, its budget is about $6.9 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam through grants to nearly 2,000 universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 45,000 requests for funding of which over 11,000 are funded. NSF also awards over $400 million in professional and service contracts yearly. The Foundation accounts for about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research. South Dakota presently has 88 active NSF awards totaling $50,701,520.