Since its founding, Savannah State has engaged in cutting-edge research. Early classes included agricultural and technical training. The college had a working farm that investigated the best fertilizers and crop seeds. Students learned how to work with stone, build electronics and conduct experiments.
Curriculum adapted to the needs of the era. During WWII, radio repair was a main course offering.
From the federal research program on phosphates in the 1930s to the solar project of the 1970s with the U.S. Department of Energy to faculty-led biochemical experiments that traveled onboard the International Space Station, SSU has brought together curious minds and leading science.
Currently, students and faculty are studying under more than $10 million in grant-funded research. The findings are reported to partners like the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
This article first appeared in Impressions, Fall 2015