When Annika van Oosbree came across an online fundraising site for a child with pediatric leukemia, it drove home the importance of her summer internship.
“I just started crying,” said van Oosbree, a senior honors student at Northern State University. “These are kids who are actually affected by what I’m doing. … I don’t even have my B.S. yet, and I’m making some small dent in this huge problem for kids.”
Tessa Durnin, a Biology and Environmental Science major with a Certificate in Organismal Biology, was the recipient of two prestigious awards this year. She received an Instars Fellowship from the Society for Freshwater Science that provided support for her to join over 800 freshwater scientists from around the world at the Society’s annual meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Erin Brownlee, Instructor of Mathematics, grew up in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she also completed a B.S. in Elementary Education and a B.A. in Mathematics at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Dr. Brownlee went on to earn a Ph.D. in Mathematics at North Dakota State University. She is currently teaching Intermediate Algebra, Calculus I, and Math Concepts for Teachers. Her research interests include graph algebras (or more broadly, C*-algebras) and elementary and undergraduate mathematics education.
In the College of Arts and Sciences, all programs have embraced the internship experience for majors. Internships are a proven way to gain relevant knowledge, skills, and experience while establishing important connections to one’s chosen field. Carefully structured internships offer a unique experience for students and allow multiple advantages to both the student intern and agencies and programs that host interns.
Construction has not started yet, but great strides have been made over the last six months to build NSU’s new Regional Science Education Center (RSEC). Faculty, staff, and administrators have worked closely with our team of architects, designers, and engineers to bring the design phase to a successful conclusion this fall. Everything is proceeding smoothly to begin construction in spring 2018 and open the building for classes for the fall 2019 semester.