Geography to host Augmented Reality Sandbox demo Sept. 1

Augmented Reality Sandbox

The Department of Geography & Geographic Information Science will host a live demonstration of the Augmented Reality Sandbox (ARS), 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, O’Kelly Room 125.

The Augmented Reality Sandbox is a real-time, interactive landscape visualization tool. Users construct a landscape in the sand and the ARS responds by drawing contour lines and colorizing elevation. You can also make it “rain” and then watch how runoff flows across your landscape. Read more

Undergraduate Students Showcase Summer Research Thursday, August 11, 2016

Fifteen undergraduates from across the country and one North Dakota tribal college instructor will present the results of their research this summer at the Interdisciplinary Renewable and Environmental Chemistry (IREC) Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) poster session from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Thursday, August 11, on the second floor of Abbott Hall. Light snacks and beverages will be served in the morning and ice cream in the afternoon. Read more

The NATURE of Things: American Indian Students Welcomed to Summer Program

American Indian musicians play an honor song Monday, June 6, at the Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research Education (NATURE) opening ceremony at the Gorecki Alumni Center. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.
American Indian musicians play an honor song at the Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research Education (NATURE) opening ceremony at the Gorecki Alumni Center. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

A welcoming ceremony in honor of American Indian students kicked off at the Gorecki Alumni Center June 6.

It marked the beginning of a two-week program for American Indian students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The program is called Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research Education (NATURE). Read more

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

Student Loan Forgiveness Available to College Grads Employed in STEM Fields

College graduates employed in STEM-related occupations in North Dakota may be eligible for student loan forgiveness through the STEM Occupations Student Loan Program administered by the North Dakota University System and the Bank of North Dakota. STEM-related occupations include jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Read more

Announcing UND Equipment and Research Infrastructure Improvement Awards

The Division of Research & Economic Development and the North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) has announced the Equipment and Research Infrastructure Improvement Awards at the University of North Dakota.

These awards are designed to foster the competitiveness of North Dakota researchers for external grant support by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines.  The awards provide support to faculty who proposed to initiate or substantially expand studies that are expected to lead to merit-based grants. Award winners are required to submit a competitive research proposal to the NSF. Read more

STEM in the Library Schedule

STEM Maker Space in the Library Program

A partnership of the Grand Forks Library and the Dakota Science Center

One-Hour Afternoon Program

  • Educators, university students and faculty share STEM education with the children at the STEM in the Library sessions which are part of the summer and winter reading programs.
  • Hands-on activities are provided at each session.
  • Activities are parent directed which means that the instructions are provided so that the parents can do the activities with their children. The volunteers are at the activity stations to provide information that puts the activity in context and to inspire the children to take an interest in the STEM fields.
  • The library provides the needed consumable supplies and a book/dvd list for parents.
  • Dakota Science Center provides the lesson plans for the volunteers and extended learning take-home handouts.

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Pearl I. Young Scholarship Available to Women in STEM Fields

We have a funding opportunity for female undergraduate STEM students, called the Pearl I. Young scholarship. The deadline has been extended to March 1, 2016.

A summary of the Pearl I. Young Scholarship:

The North Dakota Space Grant Consortium has established the prestigious Pearl I. Young Space Grant Award for a female student at the University of North Dakota. Applicants will ideally be involved in a research project of NASA relevance. Young grew up in North Dakota and attended school there. At age 11 she left home to work as a domestic in order to attend high school. After attending Jamestown College for two years, she transferred to the University of North Dakota. She graduated from UND in 1919 as a Phi Beta Kappa with a triple major in physics, mathematics, and chemistry. Read more

Science Café: “How To Reverse Heart Disease, Cure Diabetes and Lower Your Cholesterol without Drugs” June 28, 2016

In a world of ever expanding technology and science issues citizens need have an opportunity to learn about STEM in their community. The Dakota Science Center and the Grand Forks Public Library host Science Cafés to share STEM with the public.

Grand Forks Public Library 2110 Library Circle

June 28, 2016 7:00 p.m.

Presenter: Noah N. Chelliah, MD, FACC, FACP, FCCP,  Interventional Cardiologist & Clinical Professor of Medicine, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Presentation: “How To Reverse Heart Disease, Cure Diabetes and Lower Your Cholesterol without Drugs”

Brief Description of Talk: Modern medical research has discovered the mechanism that causes up to 85% of all Chronic Illnesses. Now we know how we can actually reverse and even cure more than 85% of all chronic illnesses including Coronary Heart Disease, Diabetes, Arthritis and even Cancer. This talk will focus on the findings from the latest research.

~ Laura Munski, Executive Director, Dakota Science Center

Science Café: “Tornadoes (and Rivers) – Myths versus Reality!” April 26, 2016

In a world of ever expanding technology and science issues citizens need have an opportunity to learn about STEM in their community. The Dakota Science Center and the Grand Forks Public Library host Science Cafés to share STEM with the public.

Grand Forks Public Library 2110 Library Circle

April 26, 2016 7:00 p.m.

Presenter: Greg Gust, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service – Grand Forks ND

Presentation: “Tornadoes (and Rivers) – Myths versus Reality!”

Tornadic storms occur with a fairly high frequency across the Northern Plains, with several notable and even historic events having impacted the Greater Grand Forks area, and some most certainly having crossed rivers and even forks in those rivers.  This presentation will examine a few such events and the conditions which give rise to such events, even as North Dakota conducts Severe Weather Awareness Week (April 25-29) and our communities prepares to participate in a statewide Tornado Drill Day (April 27th).

~ Laura Munski, Executive Director, Dakota Science Center

Science Café: UND Rocketry Club March 22, 2016

In a world of ever expanding technology and science issues citizens need have an opportunity to learn about STEM in their community. The Dakota Science Center and the Grand Forks Public Library host Science Cafés to share STEM with the public.

Grand Forks Public Library 2110 Library Circle

March 22, 2016 7:00 p.m. UND Rocketry Club

The UND Rocketry Club competes on a national level. Come and see their rocket design and learn about rockets. This year the team will fly a NASA Science Mission Directorate payload. The primary requirement for the payload is to record, log, and transmit reading from pressure, temperature, relative humidity, solar irradiance, and UV radiation sensors. The team will also design and fly a small secondary payload to verify an innovative concept. Their aim is to develop a payload that is capable of visually locating specific targets within its field of view and relaying back the distance and direction the target is from the launch site. This could be a useful safety tool in a scenario where a lost astronaut could obtain a birds-eye view of the landscape and be able to locate rovers, habitats, or other astronauts. Visual observation on Earth often relies on using fixed or rotary winged aircraft to maneuver through the atmosphere. However, on the lunar or Martian surface, where there is little or no atmosphere to generate lift, the application of rocket technology could be valuable.

~ Laura Munski, Executive Director, Dakota Science Center

ND EPSCoR Doctoral Dissertation Assistantships Available

ND EPSCoR is accepting proposals for Doctoral Dissertation Assistantships.

The assistantships are designed to increase the completion rate of Ph.D. students enrolled in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines at North Dakota’s two research-intensive universities, and to increase the number of competitive proposals submitted by faculty to the National Science Foundation. Read more

ND EPSCoR Advanced Undergraduate Research (AURA) Program

The ND EPSCoR AURA program at the University of North Dakota (UND) provides undergraduate students with opportunities to experience research in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines normally supported by NSF at a point in their college careers when they need to make important decisions about their future.

Mentor proposals are due PRIOR to NOON, February 3, 2016. The RFP, including updated forms, are available here. Questions may be directed to Dr. Mark Hoffmann, ND EPSCoR Co-Project Director, at 777-2492 or mark.hoffmann@UND.edu

~Carla Kellner, Administrative Secretary, EPSCoR