Education and Workforce Development

This page highlights the CSMS activities that have supported the Education and Workforce Development project
element of the ND EPSCoR grant that currently funds CSMS.

Year 1 (August 2014 – July 2015)

  • CSMS involvement in NATURE University Camp and Sunday Academy programming helps in the effort to increase
    student interest in STEM fields.
  • CSMS research helps build capacity for interdisciplinary research state-wide with partner institutions Mayville State
    University, Minot State University, North Dakota State University, Sitting Bull College, Turtle Mountain Community
    College and the University of North Dakota.

    • Approximately 8 Postdocs, 17 graduate students, and 14 undergraduate students were active with CSMS
      at some point during the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
  • CSMS students and Postdocs have helped in the effort to provide educational opportunities to underrepresented
    groups and younger learners through Outreach involvement.

    • This includes outreach with the NATURE Sunday Academy programming that is for tribal middle and high
      school students, and is taught at the five Tribal Colleges in North Dakota, as well as general Outreach at
      events such as the North Dakota Science Olympiad.
    • More outreach is included via links by fiscal year at the bottom of the Outreach page at
      http://csms-ndsu.org/activities/education-and-workforce-development/csms-outreach/

Year 2 (August 2015 – July 2016)

  • CSMS continues to be involved in NATURE Sunday Academy programming and also with NATURE University
    Summer Camp in the effort to increase student interest in STEM fields.
  • CSMS research continues to build capacity for interdisciplinary research state-wide with partner institutions
    Mayville State University, Minot State University, North Dakota State University, Sitting Bull College, Turtle
    Mountain Community College and the University of North Dakota.

    • Approximately 8 Postdocs, 25 graduate students, and 23 undergraduate students were active with CSMS
      at some point during the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
  • CSMS students and Postdocs continue to help in the effort to provide educational opportunities to
    underrepresented groups and younger learners through Outreach involvement.

    • This includes continuing outreach with the NATURE Sunday Academy programming as well as other
      CSMS related and general Outreach such as:
      – STEM Makerspace in the Library (Grand Forks)
      – Avenues of Scientific Discovery (Fargo)
      – Expanding Your Horizons (Fargo)
      – UND Chemistry Dept. STEM day for High School students (Grand Forks)
      – UND Chemistry Department’s 8th Annual High School Workshop (Grand Forks).
    • More outreach is included via links by fiscal year at the bottom of the Outreach page at
      http://csms-ndsu.org/activities/education-and-workforce-development/csms-outreach/

Year 3 (August 2016 – July 2017)

  • CSMS continues to be involved in NATURE Sunday Academy programming and also with NATURE University
    Summer Camp in the effort to increase student interest in STEM fields.
  • CSMS research continues to build capacity for interdisciplinary research state-wide with partner institutions
    Mayville State University, Minot State University, North Dakota State University, Sitting Bull College, and the
    University of North Dakota.

    • Approximately 2 Postdocs, 27 graduate students, and 19 undergraduate students have been active with
      CSMS during the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
  • CSMS students and Postdocs continue to help in the effort to provide educational opportunities to
    underrepresented groups and younger learners through Outreach involvement.

    • This includes continuing outreach with the NATURE Sunday Academy programming as well as other
      CSMS related and general Outreach such as:
      – NDSU Parents Involvement with Children Nurturing Intellectual Curiosity in Science program (PICNICS)
      – Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program
      – North Dakota Governor’s School program
      – Presentation by CSMS graduate students at an NDSU Chemistry Club meeting
    • More outreach is included via links by fiscal year at the bottom of the Outreach page at
      http://csms-ndsu.org/activities/education-and-workforce-development/csms-outreach/