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The Daystrom Institute was a scientific research and teaching organization, one of the most respected institutions in the Federation. Named for Dr. Richard Daystrom, the Daystrom Institute supported research and development in the fields of warp propulsion, cybernetics, astrophysics, archeology, and many others. The Daystrom Institute had several annexes across Federation space, including one at Galor IV.

The institute was also called the Daystrom Institute of Technology. The Soong Foundation was a group within the Institute. (ST websites:, The Path to 2409)

When it came to artificial lifeform self-awareness and full sentience, even the experts at the Daystrom Institute were unsure where the line was between mimicking self-awareness and actually achieving it. (DS9 novel: Valhalla)


In 2294, the Institute produced a study for consideration by Starfleet Command about the suitability of starship captains leading landing parties. This in part was based on the results produced by the M-9 computer after it was fed data on hundreds of landing party assignments, and in only 10% of cases did it indicate that it was correct for a commanding officer to accompany a landing party. (TOS novel: The Captain's Daughter)

By the late 24th century, the Institute participated in a "faculty exchange program" with Starfleet Academy. (Last Unicorn RPG module: Starfleet Academy Handbook)

In 2368, thanks to funding bequeathed to the Institute by Dr. Marjorie Devarona the Institute funded archaeological digs across the quadrant. (TNG comic: "Captain's Pleasure")

In 2374, a member of the Daystrom Institute travelled to Deep Space 9 to work on Project Blue Sky. (DS9 short story: "The Devil You Know")

In 2376, a fellowship in the Daystrom Institute was available and Charivretha zh'Thane told Thavanichent th'Dani he should apply. (DS9 - Mission Gamma novel: This Gray Spirit)

By the year 2387, the Institute along with famed engineer Geordi La Forge were responsible for the creation of the Jellyfish, an experimental craft for exploratory missions that was designed with trans-metaphasic shielding. (ST website: The Path to 2409)

In the 2390s, the Institute (or at least one major Institute facility) was located in Okinawa, Japan, on Earth. Dr. Agnes Jurati worked there in the Division of Advanced Synthetic Research. (PIC episode: "Remembrance")

In an alternate reality, Benjamin Sisko was a member of the Daystrom Institute. (DS9 novel: Fearful Symmetry)

The DS9 - The Lives of Dax short story: "Infinity" establishes the Daystrom Institute existed as early as 2284. This is only sixteen years after the events of TOS episode: "The Ultimate Computer".

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Star Trek Adventures RPG module: The Sciences Division
  2. TNG episode & novelization: All Good Things...
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 DS9 - The Lives of Dax short story: "Infinity"
  4. NF novel: Gods Above
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 TNG - Double Helix novel: Double or Nothing
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Decipher RPG module: Worlds
  7. 7.0 7.1 TNG episode: "The Offspring"
  8. 8.0 8.1 PIC episode: "Remembrance"
  9. TNG novel: Infiltrator
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Last Unicorn RPG module: Starfleet Academy Handbook
  11. TNG episode: "Data's Day"
  12. STO novel: The Needs of the Many
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 NF novel: Stone and Anvil
  14. 14.0 14.1 TNG novel: The Genesis Wave, Book 1
  15. TNG novel: The Stuff of Dreams
  16. TOS novel: The Case of the Colonist's Corpse
  17. TNG - Slings and Arrows novel: The Oppressor's Wrong
  18. DS9 novel: Fearful Symmetry
  19. TOS - Strange New Worlds 9 short story: "The Smallest Choices"
  20. DS9 reference: Legends of the Ferengi
  21. TNG episode: "Booby Trap"
  22. 22.0 22.1 Last Unicorn RPG module: Starfleet Academy Handbook addendum
  23. Star Trek Adventures RPG module: The Operations Division
  24. Last Unicorn RPG module: Star Trek: The Next Generation Players' Guide
  25. TOS - Strange New Worlds IV short story: "A Little More Action"
  26. Last Unicorn RPG module: The First Line: Starfleet Intelligence Handbook
  27. 27.0 27.1 TNG - Shattered Light novel: The Embrace of Cold Architects
  28. Last Unicorn RPG module: Planets of the UFP
  29. TNG - Strange New Worlds VI short story: "The Soft Room"
  30. PIC novel: The Last Best Hope
  31. Last Unicorn RPG module: Star Trek: The Next Generation Core Game Book
  32. 32.0 32.1 Last Unicorn RPG module: The Price of Freedom
  33. Last Unicorn RPG module: A Cadet's Guide to Sector 001 Earth

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