Impact on Workforce

Building STEM capacity and competitiveness through the NSF RII Track-1 cooperative agreements (ND-ACES and INSPIRE-ND) and the ND EPSCoR State Office awards has impacted workforce opportunities for students and faculty at all 11 participating institutions across the state.

To date, 115 participants have been involved in ND-ACES, including 27 graduate and 17 undergraduate students, who are receiving training that will assist them in securing STEM positions within ND’s bioscience/biotechnology sector. ND-ACES faculty researchers numbers include 14 early career faculty and eight associate professors involved in the project, who are gaining experience that will assist in their pursuit of tenured STEM faculty positions or promotion to full professor.

To date, 1,101 participants have involved in INSPIRE-ND, including 318 graduate and 310 undergraduate students have received or are receiving training that has already or will assist them in securing STEM positions; hopefully within ND.

In addition, ND EPSCoR State Office programs, such as NATURE and STTAR, encourage student awareness, interest, and perseverance in STEM fields. The NATURE program reaches 500 Native American students (middle school – TCU bachelor’s degree) annually. Since 2014, 931 Native American students have been involved in STEM experiences sponsored by the ND EPSCoR State Office and the NSF. In 2020-2021, due to COVID-19, the NATURE program served 133 Native American students virtually. Since 2014, the ND EPSCoR State Office has co-sponsored 65 STTAR interns in companies throughout ND.

Click these links to view the current and previous solicitations for students.


INSPIRE-ND (NSF RII Track-1: 1355466) Advanced Undergraduate Student Research Awardees (AURA)

Under INSPIRE-ND, Advanced Undergraduate Research Awards (AURAs) provided funding for upper division undergraduate students on to work with faculty mentors on research projects. The goal of AURA was to mentor and encourage undergraduate students to consider a research career in STEM.

AURA Awardees
Year, Student name     
Department
AURA Advisor
    2016
David FehrBiologyManu
Ifrah IfrahBasic SciencesArchana Dhasarathy
Lane KashurPhysicsWayne Barkhouse
Elijah MathewsPhysicsTimothy Young
Jenna Puttkammer            ChemistryOianli Chu
Lucas StanleyMechanical EngineeringCai Xia Yang



    2015
Joseph AymondElectrical Engineering
Nathan CarlsonPhysics and Astrophysics           Wayne Barkhouse
Jessica FairleyBasic SciencesLucia Carvelli
Jeffrey GendreauElectrical EngineeringReza Fazel-Rezai
Ejazul HaqueBiologyManu
Jasmine KreftChemistryAlena Kubátová
Tristan PlanteMechanical EngineeringCai Xia Yang
Alexandra PtacekBiologyBrian Darby

Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Assistantship Awardees

Under both ND-ACES and INSPIRE-ND, Graduate Student Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Assistantship awards were designed to 1) increase graduate students’ understanding of advance research computing - hardware and software, 2) provide CI support to NDSU and UND researchers, and 3) help develop CI educational modules for use in informing and training undergraduate and graduate students and faculty, at NDSU, UND, and the TCUs, PUIs, and MCU located in the state. Awardees work 10 hours per week in NDSU's Center for Computationally Assisted Science and Technology (CCAST) or UND Computational Research Center (CRC) and 10 hours per week under their major advisor.

Year, Student name     
Department                    Department Advisor   
ND-ACES (NSF RII Track-1: 1946202) CI Awardees
2020
Zakaria El MrabetElectrical Engineering and Computer Science             Prakash Ranganathan
Jingyan FuElectrical and Computer EngineeringDanling Wang



INSPIRE-ND (NSF RII Track-1: 1355466) CI Awardees
2017
Xiaowei ChenElectrical and Computer EngineeringJinhui Wang
Jonathon Edstrom     Electrical and Computer Engineering Scott Smith
Jingyan FuElectrical and Computer Engineering      Scott Smith
Russell Hofmann      Chemistry and BiochemistryMukund Sibi

 

INSPIRE-ND (NSF RII Track-1: 1355466) Doctoral Dissertation Assistantship (DDA)

Under INSPIRE-ND Doctoral Dissertation Assistantships (DDA) provided up to two years of funding for STEM Ph.D. students, and were designed to 1) increase their completion rate and 2) increase the number of competitive proposals submitted to NSF.

DDA Awardees
Year, Student NameInstitution - DepartmentDDA Advisor
    2019
Mu'ath Al-TarawnehNDSU - Civil and Environmental Engineering           Ying Huang
Zachary GeeraertsNDSU - Chemistry and BiochemistryKenton Rodgers
Raquib HasanNDSU - Pharmaceutical SciencesAmanda Brooks
Sushant LakkadwalaNDSU - Pharmaceutical SciencesJagdish Singh



    2018
Ala AlemaryeenUND - Electrical EngineeringSima Noghanian
Andrew BarnasUND - BiologySusan Ellis-Felege
Atrayee BhattacharyaUND - Biomedical SciencesArchana Dhasarathy
James FrobergNDSU - PhysicsYongki Choi
Sayantani Ghosh Dastidar           UND - Biomedical SciencesSergei Nechaev
Moriah HovdeUND - Biomedical SciencesJames Foster
Pragalv KarkiUND - Physics & AstrophysicsYen Lee Loh
Brett McGregorUND - Biomedical SciencesJunguk Hur
Nicolas Negrin PerieraNDSU - Animal ScienceCarl Dahlen
Edirisuriya SiriwardaneUND - Physics & AstrophysicsDeniz Cakir
Melissa SissonUND - BiologyRebecca Simmons
Nicole SnyderNDSU - Biological SciencesTimothy Greives
Marvin SsemadaaliNDSU - Microbiological SciencesSheela Ramamoorthy
Arun Sukumaran NairUND - Electrical EngineeringPrakash Ranganathan
Keshab ThapaNDSU - Civil and Environmental Engineering      Dinesh Katti
Srikanth VijjamarriUND - ChemistryGuodong Du
Mark WilliamsonUND - BiologyBrian Darby



    2017
Karen GloverNDSU - BiochemistrySangita Sinha
Jessica Graham   NDSU - Biological SciencesTimothy Greives
Sahar MalekmohammadiNDSU - Microbiological SciencesTeresa Bergholz
Mohsen Riahi ManeshUND - Electrical EngineeringNaima Kaabouch
MD Shahjahan MollaNDSU - Civil and Environmental EngineeringKalpana Katti
Tara SlominskiNDSU - Biological SciencesJenni Momsen



    2016   
Anastasia AndrianovaUND - ChemistryAlena Kubatova
Rasika MohottigeUND - PhysicsNuri Oncel
Sara PourjafarUND - ChemistryWayne Seames
Anne SchaarUND - Biomedical ScienceBrij Singh
Eric SerumNDSU - ChemistryMukund Sibi
Sandeep Reddy VemulaNDSU - ChemistryGregory Cook



    2015
Sajid AsifNDSU - Electrical and Computer Engineering Benjamin Braaten
Ivana BrzonovaUND - Chemical EngineeringYun Ji
Nicholas CilzUND - Basic Biomedical ScienceSaobo Lei
Jaime JensenNDSU - BiochemistryChristopher Colbert
Prajakta KulkarniNDSU - Pharmaceutical SciencesSanku Mallik
Run LiUND - ChemistryMark Hoffmann
Riley McGlynnUND - BiologyBrian Darby
Siby Jose PlathottamUND - Electrical EngineeringHossein Salehfar
Jonathan RichardsNDSU - Plant PathologyRobert Brueggeman
Jana RousovaUND - ChemistryAlena Kubatova
Matthew SemlerNDSU - PhysicsErik Hobbie



    2014
Hannah AltmannNDSU - MathematicsSean Sather-Wagstaff
Corey BergsrudUND - EngineeringSima Noghanian
Bekele GurmessaNDSU - PhysicsAndrew Croll
Thomas McKennaUND - BiologyKathryn Yurkonis
Yang MeiNDSU - ChemistrySangita Sinha
Kathryn Gruchalla RussartUND - BiologyTurk Rhen
Elizabeth SattlerNDSU - MathematicsDogan Comez
Minfei SuNDSU -ChemistrySangita Sinha
Xu WuUND - BiologyJulia Zhao

INSPIRE-ND (NSF RII Track-1: 1355466) Graduate Student Research Assistantship (GSRA)

Under INSPIRE-ND, the Graduate Student Research Assistantship (GSRA) provides up to two years of funding to increase opportunities for students from the TCUs, PUIs, and MCU to pursue STEM graduate degrees at NDSU and UND.

GSRA Awardees
Year, Student nameInstitution - Department  GSRA Advisor, Institution
    2018
Levi BassettNDSU - Range ScienceKevin Sedivec
Maxwell KollarNDSU - Microbiological SciencesJohn McEvoy



    2017
Alexis Archambault      UND - Geology and Geological EngineeringTaufique Mahmood
Cherokee DurantNDSU - Public HealthRick Jansen
Cheyenne DurantNDSU - Natural Resources ManagementShawn DeKeyser
Kelsey MorinUND - BiologyJefferson Vaughan
Adam MortensonNDSU - Natural Resource ManagementJack Norland



    2016
Meyer BohnNDSU - Soil ScienceDavid Hopkins
Brett Nespor

UND - Chemistry

1) Alena Kubátová (as of May 2017)
2) Kathryn Thomasson (until May 2017)
Elliot Peltier

1) UND - Earth System Science and Policy1) Jeffrey VanLooy (as of January 2018)
2) UND - Geography and Geographic Info. Science      2) Christopher Atkinson (until December 2017)
Morgan Petersen   NDSU - MicrobiologyPeter Bergholz
Ann VallieNDSU - Industrial Engineering and Management Om Yadav
Diane Van HoyUND - Geological EngineeringTaufique Mahmood



    2015
Ashkan Nejadpak UND - Mechanical EngineeringCai Xia Yang
Joseph Orr  NDSU - Range ScienceTorre Hovick
Stefano PotterUND - Earth System Science and PolicyHaochi Zheng
Timothy SeeUND - Atmospheric sciencesGretchen Mullendore



    2014
Brian ChepulisNDSU - Natural Resource ManagementEdward DeKeyser
Sara Smith

NDSU - Microbiological Sciences

1) Teresa Bergholz
2) Birgit Pruess



    2013
Jeffrey BerensNDSU - Biological SciencesNed Dochtermann
Joseph BigganeUND - Basic Sciences DepartmentAnn Flower
Emily EvanoffUND - Basic Sciences DepartmentAnn Flower
Erin McLeanNDSU - EntomologyJason Harmon

ND EPSCoR State Office - K-12 Seed Awardees

Each year, the ND EPSCoR State Office accepts competitive proposals to strengthen and broaden the STEM pathway. Proposals focus on activities that build stronger partnerships with K-12 STEM education in the state. Of particular interest are activities that engage underrepresented/underserved students and result in an increased awareness and interest in STEM careers.

Year, Name
Department
Institution
2020
Jamie WirthGreat Plains STEM Education Center, Mathematics           Valley City State University



2019
Austin AllardMath and ScienceTurtle Mountain Community College
Mikhail BobylevScience - ChemistryMinot State University
Robert CrackelScience DivisionMinot State University
Andi Dulski-Bucholz              EducationMayville State University
Woei HungEHBSUniversity of North Dakota
Darren SeifertMath & Computer ScienceMinot State University
Anupa SharmaAgribusiness and Applied EconomicsNorth Dakota State University

 


 

ND EPSCoR State Office Development of Online/Virtual Modules for STEM Laboratory Courses Awardees

Each year, the ND EPSCoR State Office accepts competitive proposals to faculty to increase their online/virtual presence with respect to training students in the laboratory setting.

Year, Name
DepartmentInstitution
2020
Alshami AliChemical EngineeringUniversity of North Dakota
David DeMuthScienceValley City State University
Timothy Young                Physics and Astrophysics               University of North Dakota
Yan ZhangMechanical EngineeringNorth Dakota State University

 

ND EPSCoR State Office Student Travel Awardees

Each year, the ND EPSCoR State Office accepts competitive proposals to provide travel funds to undergraduate and graduate students who have an accepted presentation (oral and/or poster) at a national conference.

Year, NameDepartmentInstitution
2019
Jerome DelhommelleChemistryUND
Greta GramigPlant SciencesNDSU
Torre HovickRange ScienceNDSU
Igor OvtchinnikovBiologyUND
Rebecca SimmonsBiologyUND
Mark StrandPharmacy PracticeNDSU
Sathish Venkatachalem         Pharmaceutical Science         NDSU

ND EPSCoR State Office - Undergraduate Research Awardees

Each year, the ND EPSCoR State Office accepts competitive proposals from faculty to engage and mentor undergraduate students in research projects.

Year, Faculty MentorDepartmentInstitution
2020
Kathryn KilroyGeoscience/ScienceMinot State University
Bethany Klemetsrud        Chemical EngineeringUniversity of North Dakota
Xusheng WangBiologyUniversity of North Dakota



2019
Surojit GuptaMechanical EngineeringUniversity of North Dakota
Naima KaabouchSchool of EECSUniversity of North Dakota
Trung (Tim) LeIndustrial and Manufacturing Engineering         North Dakota State University
Motoki TakakuBiomedical SciencesUniversity of North Dakota
Brent VoelsScienceCankdeska Cikana Community College
Sarah WagnerAnimal SciencesNorth Dakota State University

Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research and Education (NATURE)

The NSF and ND EPSCoR State Office funded Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research and Education (NATURE) program is a State Office sponsored education outreach project. NATURE aims to improve STEM education among middle- and high-school students and TCU students to build a pathway for the pursuit of careers in STEM disciplines. NATURE builds on activities of a long-term collaboration between the TCUs, NDSU, and UND.

More information is available on the NATURE web pages


Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates (dREU) Awardees

Under both ND-ACES and INSPIRE-ND, the distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates (dREU) program gives undergraduates from TCUs, PUIs, MCU, and RUs the opportunity to work alongside research center NSF RII Track-1 faculty on cutting-edge projects.

dREU Awardees
Year, Student nameHome
Institution    
Main dREU Location -
Research Center
dREU Advisor
ND-ACES (NSF RII Track-1: 1946202) dREU Awardees     
2021
Madisen KnudsvigMayvilleMayville - CCBSEKhwaja Hossain
Hayle BoechlerMayvilleMayville - CCBSEKhwaja Hossain
Megan HeerenNDSUNDSU - CCBSELu Liu
Madison KoppelmanNDSUNDSU - CCBSESanku Mallik
Ansley SchugNDSUNDSU - CCBSELu Liu
Taylor StegmanMayvilleMayville - CCBSEKhwaja Hossain
Ethan WellsNHSCNHSC - CCBSETrung B. Le

INSPIRE-ND (NSF RII Track-1: 1355466) dREU Awardees
2019
Karissa BohnDSUDSU - CRCSJoshua Steffan
Creighton PfauMayvilleMayville - CSMSKhwaja Hossain




2018
Karissa BohnDSUDSU - CRCSJoshua Steffan
Amy JacksonUTTCNDSU - CRCSErin Gillam
Creighton PfauMayvilleMayville - CSMSKhwaja Hossain
Tess SkinnerMinotMinot - CSMSMikhail Bobylev
Yaritza VillanuevaVCSUVCSU - CRCSLauren Dennhardt




2017
Brittany DeckerDSUDSU - CRCSJoshua Steffan
Noah IrbyUNDUND - CRCSXiaodong Zhang
Anna RennerNDSUNDSU - CSMSMukund Sibi
Hannah TorgersonMayville1) Mayville - CSMS
2) NDSU - CSMS
1) Khwaja Hossain
2) Mohiuddin Quadir
Kayana TrottierTMCCUND - CRCSCindy Juntunen
Lee VoigtNHSCNHSC - CRCSKerry Hartman
Hayden Zander
*Presentation from his
2016 & 2017 REU experience      
VCSU1) VCSU, NDSU, and UND - CRCS and/or
2) NDSU - Emerging Areas Seed Research     
1) Andre DeLorme
2) Eakalak Khan




2016
Levi BassettDSUDSU - CRCSJoshua Steffan
Quintin ElliottUNDUND - CSMSQianli Chu
Breanne HatfieldMinotMinot - CSMSMikhail Bobylev
Billi Jean PetermannDSUDSCU - CRCSErik Brevik
Hayden Zander
*Presentation from his
2016 & 2017 REU experience
VCSUVCSU - CRCSAndre DeLorme

ND EPSCoR State Office Students in Technology Transfer and Research (STTAR) Awardees

Each year, the ND EPSCoR State Office supports the Students in Technology Transfer And Research (STTAR) program, which provides upper-division students (i.e., juniors through graduate students) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with an opportunity to use their academic training and experience to address challenging science and technology-based problems faced by North Dakota companies. Although related to the more general cooperative education and internship programs offered throughout the state, the primary emphasis of STTAR is on research and development rather than sales and marketing. ND EPSCoR cost-shares the student salary.

STTAR Interns
Year, BusinessStudent Participants
SUMMER 2021
   Airtonomy; Grand Forks, NDAhmed Elsaharti, UND
Ramtin Kardan, UND
   ComDel Innovation; Wahpeton, NDAlex Munchow, NDSU
Jacob Sailer, NDSU
   Ellingson Companies, Harwood, NDBrenden VanWechel, NDSU
Emily Nelson, NDSU
   F4 Conservation, Manvel, NDAmalie Joergensen, UND
Lindsey Kallis, UND
   Interstate Engineering, Jamestown, NDAlexandra Speidel, NDSCS
Brayden Wahl, NDSCS
Lindsey Hagerty, NDSU
   Marvin, Fargo, NDJackson Somsen, NDSU
Zach Kuhn, NDSU
   Mayo Construction, Cavalier, NDMichael Miller, NDSCS
   Mobile Recon Systems, Grand Forks, NDGarrett Tjernagel, UND
Jack Vetsch, UND
Micael Turnbull, UND
   Nodak Electric, Grand Forks, NDBranson Elliott, UND
Tyler Workman, UND
   Renuvix, Fargo, NDAvery Jorgensen, NDSU
Zane Hensel, NDSU
   Rugby Manufacturing, Rugby, NDNoah Kraft, University of Mary
   WCCO Belting, Wahpeton, NDGabriel Lothspeich, NDSU

 


 

SUMMER 2020
   Airtonomy; Grand Forks, NDAhmed Elsaharti, UND
Ramtin Kardan, UND
Bradley Traver, UND
   Amity Technology; Fargo, NDChase Bader, NDSU
William Huber, NDSU
   ComDel Innovation; Wahpeton, NDBrook Anderson, NDSU
Pierce Kvien, NDSU
Su Sampson, NDSU
   CrossFire Technologies; FargoNicholas Feddersen, NDSU
Connor Wander, NDSU
   Interstate Engineering, Inc.; Jamestown, ND   Jacob Fandrich, NDSU
Marvin Qaqos, NDSU
Austin Snobl, NDSCS
   WCCO Belting, Inc.; Wahpeton, NDBlake Higgins, NDSU

SUMMER 2019
   Amity Technology; FargoAustin Haman, NDSU
Hunter Goerges, NDSU
   Border States Electric; FargoEduardo Urbano, NDSU
   ComDel Innovation; WahpetonReed Albrecht, UND
Madelyn Jean, UND
Noah Knudson, NDSU
   Creedence Energy Services, LLC; Minot      Jonathon Patten, NDSU
   WCCO Belting, Inc.; WahpetonBrett Wensmann, NDSU

SUMMER 2016
   Border States Electric, Inc.; FargoLucas Stein, NDSU
   ComDel Innovation; WahpetonAllison Albrecht, UND
Cassandra Erdsmann, NDSU
Jacob Ries, UND
   John T. Jones Construction; FargoLiam Prior, NDSU
   McFarlane; Grand ForksTyler Madsen, UND
   Nodak Electric; Grand ForksJeremy Kruper, UND
Jonathan Narlock, UND
   PS Doors; Grand ForksDerek Olson, UND
   Renuvix; FargoJackson Benda, NDSU
   Tri-Steel Manufacturing; Grand ForksPatrick Warren, UND
   WCCO Belting, Inc.; WahpetonZachary Meyer, NDSU
Danielle Renner, NDSU
Jared Sand, NDSU

FALL 2015 - SPRING 2016
   C2 Sensor Corporation; FargoRyan Carda, NDSU
   CDI Services; WahpetonAllison Albrecht, UND
Jaden Hansen, UND
Taylor Olson, NDSU
   Dakota Growers Pasta; CarringtonPeter Timpe, NDSU
   DISTek Integration; FargoGerardo Zamora, NDSU
   Intelligent InSites; FargoCorey Arneson, NDSU
   Lowry Engineering; FargoCharlie Bowen, NDSU
   Nodak Electric; Grand ForksJeremy Kruper, UND
Cole Miller, UND
Jason Myrvold, UND
   Tri-Steel Manufacturing; Grand ForksPatrick Warren, UND
   WCCO Belting, Inc.; WahpetonJoshua Sutton, NDSU
Michael Tolbert, NDSU
Alex Wagner, NDSU

SPRING 2015
   C2 Renew; FargoAustin Karst, NDSU
   McFarlane; Grand ForksCole Miller, UND
   Nodak Electric; Grand ForksIraina Edwards, UND
Alex Spitsberg, UND
Jacob Telehey, UND

FALL 2014
   C2 Renew; FargoAustin Karst, NDSU
   LM Wind Power Blades; Grand ForksAlec Redmann, UND
   Nodak Electric; Grand ForksIraina Edwards, UND
Riley Olson, UND
Jacob Telehey, UND
   Tri-Steel Manufacturing; Grand ForksPatrick Warren, UND
   WCCO Belting, Inc.; WahpetonJoshua Sutton, NDSU
Michael Tolbert, NDSU
Alex Wagner, NDSU

 

ND-ACES (NSF RII Track-1: 1946202) Undergraduate Research Assistantship Awardees

Under ND-ACES, the Undergraduate Research Assistantship program gives junior and senior undergraduate students - from the 10 ND EPSCoR ND-ACES CCBSE participating campuses, the opportunity to complete a STEM bachelor’s degree while working in the center alongside NSF Track-1 faculty researchers on cutting-edge research projects.


URA Awardees
Year, Student nameHome InstitutionAdvisor
2020
Carson HerbertUniversity of North Dakota            Archana Dhasarathy
Claire ZumbachDickinson State UniversityJoshua Steffan