Midas or King Midas is popularly remembered in Greek mythology for his ability to turn everything he touched into gold. This was called the Golden touch, or alternatively, the Midas touch — Robert Graves (1960). The primary goal of the STRG borrows an analogy from the idea of the MIDAS touch by encouraging students to share research ideas, methods, and critiques with each other while conducting research in related areas. One student can provide the golden touch for another, who in turn can pass it on. During the process, each individual becomes stronger, and the group becomes more effective in its mission.

Member Outreach

Attract new student researchers by providing a collaborative environment of highly motivated members that are encouraged to explore and discuss new ideas dealing with present issues around software testing, software metrics and security.

Industry Migration

Foster relationships and partnerships with software development companies, particularly in the Fargo-Moorhead area, and leverage these relationships to allow testing techniques primarily used in academia to migrate to industry.


Share the experimental results, experiences and lessons learned from performing case studies with the research community. This includes publishing findings in research papers, making prototypes available for download, and presenting our research at seminars and workshops.


Improve the current state-of-the-art in software testing based on the evaluation of "real-world" software systems. If an existing system cannot be located for applying new testing techniques, prototypes are developed for evaluation purposes.

Student Innovation

Create a collaborative environment for students to perform new and innovative research in software testing and other related areas. This includes providing the infrastructure and resources necessary for group members to conduct their research investigations.

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