NSU News

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.

ABERDEEN, S.D. – After studying abroad in South Korea, Northern State University student Taylor Bice knew he wanted to pursue a career teaching English overseas.

Now, Bice will begin that career as the recipient of the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Bice, an Aberdeen native, will return to South Korea this July for a year-long English teaching assistantship program.

What started out as an idea in an honors thesis class for NSU senior Maris Grewe became a reality when she became a recipient of the Undergraduate Competitive Research Grant in 2015.

Inspired by a hall council recycling project started in fall 2011, Grewe became interested in how she could make Northern and its students more environmentally conscious. Little did she know that less than two years later, she would’ve created a campus-wide recycling program, run alongside the Environmental Club, that continues to grow and gain attention.

Dr. Jon Mitchell and his team of Northern State University students trapped mosquitoes around Brown County this summer – and that meant finding the spots these pests prefer.

“You’ve got to think like a mosquito,” said Mitchell, assistant professor of biology.

Mosquitoes prefer places protected from the wind, but still sunny, with tall grass and moisture. So those are some of the criteria the team sought when setting up their traps.

ABERDEEN, S.D. – When Sienna Marcott’s fiancé proposed to her, it was in a field of sagebrush – a romantic gesture to Marcott, as the plant is an integral part of the research she’s conducting this year at Northern State University.

Marcott turned her love of plants into a research project that won the 2015 NSU Undergraduate Competitive Research Grant. She’ll be devoting much of this academic year to her research, and NSU’s new greenhouse is crucial to her work.

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Alison Byrd remembered visiting the Omaha zoo as a child and decided to take a chance – she contacted the zoo to ask if it had any summer internships.

“I knew it might be a long shot because of the amount of students from bigger schools that are in the area, but you never know unless you try,” said Byrd, who will be a senior this fall at Northern State University.

That leap of faith paid off. Byrd has been working at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha since May. Her internship lasts through July 28.