Upcoming Due Dates for Preproposals for NSF Programs NRT, FSML and MRI

The National Science Foundation has issued the following program announcements which allow UND to submit only a limited number of submissions. Thus, if you are interested in submitting a proposal to NSF for the program, please let us know as soon as possible (barry.milavetz@UND.edu or 777.4280).

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program #16-503
The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track. Read more

UND Chemistry Club Makes Learning Fun for Elementary Kids

Studio One Video

Chemistry can be tough to understand for a lot of people. But it can also be easy to learn if it’s taught in a fun manner. The University of North Dakota Undergraduate Chemistry Club found a way to do that with elementary kids in second to fourth grade. see script below

Studio One is a live television show produced by the University of North Dakota’s Television Center. The Television Center offers an extensive internship program through Studio One. An internship with Studio One provides valuable on-the-job experience, a chance to make professional contacts and the opportunity to work on an award winning project. Visit studio1.UND.edu for more information. Read more

Lineup Announced for UND Writers Conference

The lineup for UND’s 47th annual Writers Conference has been finalized.

Among the six featured authors appearing at the event are Brian Greene, Frank Huyler and Kim Stanley Robinson. Greene is a leading theoretical physicist whose work has been featured on the Public Broadcasting Service program, “Nova,” Huyler is a novelist and emergency room doctor, and Robinson is an award-winning science fiction writer.

Also appearing this year are poet Katharine Coles, award-winning multimedia artist Allison Leigh Holt and author Tania James.

The conference, “The Art of Science,” will be April 6 to 8 at UND and feature readings, workshops and films, according to its website.

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Grant Opportunities Available as of November 25, 2015


Title: Deployed Warfighter Protection Program FY 16 Call For Research, Funding Opportunity #: DWFP-16-S-01, Department: DOD, Closing Date: 1/8/2016

Solicit pre-proposals for original, innovative research designed to develop new interventions for protection of deployed military personnel from diseases caused by arthropod-borne pathogens and to improve control of filth flies.

Eligible: Unrestricted Read more

Seeking a Better NET Result – NIH Grants $1.7 million to UND Scientist to Study Possible Cause of a Life-threatening Reaction in Pneumonia Patients

The National Institutes of Health has granted $1.7 million to Assistant Professor Jyotika Sharma, Ph.D., in the Department of Basic Sciences at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, to pursue research on a possible mechanism that causes a life-threatening reaction in pneumonia patients. The five-year R01 grant is the highest level of research supported by the NIH.

sharma-jyotika-11-24-15-hsFunded by two R21 grants, an American Heart Association grant and a UND Faculty Research Seed grant since she joined UND in August 2011, Sharma’s research focuses on sepsis, which is a life-threatening medical condition that results from a systemic inflammatory response by the body to fend off a severe infection or to recover from a traumatic injury.  Read more

2016 Founders Day Honorees Sought

The 2016 Founders Day banquet will be held Thursday, February 25, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. A reception will begin at 5:15 p.m. with the banquet beginning at 6:00 p.m.

In the Founders Day tradition, faculty and staff retiring between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 with at least 15 years of service, those with 25-years of service to UND, and department and faculty award winners will be recognized during the banquet. Read more

Grant Opportunities Available as of November 20, 2015


Title: Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Navy and Marine Corps Science, Technology, Engineering, Funding Opportunity #:N00014-16-R-FO03, Department: DOD – ONR, Closing Date: 12/31/2016

Provide solutions that will establish and maintain a diverse pipeline of U.S. citizens who are interested in uniformed or civilian DoN (or Navy and Marine Corps) STEM related workforce opportunities, targeted primarily towards the future DoN (naval) STEM workforce in High Schools, all categories of Post-Secondary institutions, the STEM research enterprise, and efforts that enhance the current naval STEM workforce and its mission readiness.

Eligible: All responsible sources from academia, the nonprofit sector, and industry Read more

GRIP Opportunities: USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) is pleased to offer two National Science Foundation GRIP opportunities on climate change adaptation and prioritization of conservation efforts for fish and wildlife.

Interested NSF Graduate Research Fellows, please email the contacts below for more information.  Remember the deadline to apply for a GRIP opportunity this cycle is December 4th!

​Opportunity #1: Climate Change Adaptation for Fish and Wildlife

Contact email: Doug Beard, dbeard@usgs.gov

Location: National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center & Dept. of Interior Climate Science Centers (Reston, Va & 8 National Locations) Read more

Atmospheric Sciences Seminar December 3, 2015

Dr. Adam Clark, Meteorologist and research scientist at NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory, Norman, OK, will present a seminar on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in Streibel Hall, Room 106.  The seminar is titled “Paving the Way for High-Resolution Ensemble Prediction: Recent Activities and Future Plans for NOAA/Hazardous Weather Testbed Spring Forecasting Experiments.” Read more