Engineering Students Score at NASA Robotics Competition

Back Row: Naima Kaabouch, Jerod Nelson, Daniel Smith, Nicholas Allen, Erik Peterman, Ryan Ahrens and Jack Heichel. Front Row: Bryan Koenig, David Laurion and Bradley Messer. Not pictured: Charles Foxworthy and Travis Winter.
Back Row: Naima Kaabouch, Jerod Nelson, Daniel Smith, Nicholas Allen, Erik Peterman, Ryan Ahrens and Jack Heichel. Front Row: Bryan Koenig, David Laurion and Bradley Messer. Not pictured: Charles Foxworthy and Travis Winter.

The University competed with more than 50 universities from around the United States in a NASA robotics competition May 16-21, 2016 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. UND took first in outreach and second in presentation and demonstration, and placed fifth overall. Read more

Grant Opportunities Available as of May 31, 2016


Title: Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program, Funding Opportunity #:SDVETP-2016-01, Department: SBA, Closing Date: 6/19/2016

Further build capacity to market and deliver existing entrepreneurship training program(s) to service-disabled veteran, veteran entrepreneurs and Reserve Component members who aspire to be small business owners or currently own a small business.

Eligible: Non-profits; state and local government; institutions of higher ed. Read more

UND, CAE Sign Contracts with General Atomics for UAS Training

General Atomics is building a UAS training academy at the Grand Forks (North Dakota) Air Force Base which also serves as an operating base for MQ-9s flown by Customs and Border Protections.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. is partnering with the University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation and Canadian flight simulator company CAE to expand the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for commercial applications. Read more

U.S. Death Investigators Pursue Courses through UND Department of Pathology

Working as the eyes and ears for forensic pathologists, death investigators require special training to reconstruct accident or crime scenes. The Department of Pathology at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, along with the Office of Extended Learning, offer a series of online, enroll-anytime courses designed to train a wide variety of candidates.  In September 2010, the National Institute of Justice awarded a five-year, just under $1 million grant to the Department of Pathology to develop and deliver the courses. The original goal of the NIJ grant was for UND instructors to reach 1,000 to 2,000 online participants. Although this grant is completed, during the grant, UND had over 15,000 registrations from all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, several U.S. territories, and 46 countries, from Antigua to Zambia.

death-scene-investigationThe six courses were expanded and modernized and are now offered through the Office of Extended Learning.  They are designed for physicians, rural coroners, aspiring candidates for employment and certification as a death investigator, EMS/first responders, law enforcement, nurses, physician assistant students, other forensic scientists, morticians, and full-time ABMDI death investigators. ABMDI is the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators, a voluntary national, not-for-profit, independent, professional certification board that has been established to promote the highest standards of practice for medicolegal death investigators. Read more

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Awards UND $10.7 Million for Infectious Disease Research

Brij Singh
Brij Singh

New federal COBRE grant recognizes UND’s biomedical science capabilities

Recognizing the already notable reputation of University of North Dakota’s biomedical research enterprise, the federal government just authorized a $10.7 million grant to a group of scientists based at UND’s School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) to dig deeper into the many questions surrounding infectious agents. Read more

Important Information on Graduate Assistant Health Care and Stipends

Over the past few weeks, several meetings (open to all) have been held on campus involving graduate assistants and members of the university administration. Several important concerns were expressed at these meetings by graduate assistants, particularly around the availability and affordability of health insurance.

Health Insurance: As you may know, due to provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the university is no longer allowed to pay for graduate assistant health insurance. Instead, graduate assistants are required to obtain their own health insurance.  The university has been working for several months to arrange services for graduate assistants that will help them identify the insurance that best fits their individual needs and their ability to pay. Read more

Two UND Students Receive NSF Support to Continue Grad School Education, Solve Real-World Problems in the Process


University of North Dakota graduate student Leslie Yellow Hammer is buzzing with excitement — or perhaps that’s just the bees.

Yellow Hammer studies in UND’s Department of Biology and recently was named recipient of a 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), which provides support to graduate students pursuing research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Read more

2016 Teacher Quality Partnership Program (TQP) Grant Competition

On May 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education launched the FY 2016 TQP grant competition to award approximately $5 million to support high-quality teacher preparation and professional development for both prospective and current teachers. The Federal Register contains the complete FY 2016 TQP Notice Inviting Applications (NIA). Read more