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Outreach and Research Experience
REU: Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates
IREC Program in Department of Chemistry, Department of Chemical Engineering, and Atmospheric Science offers annually a 10-week Summer Research Experience for Undergraduate students. The focus of this experience is on the development of innovative solutions to the sustainable and renewable chemicals and energy sources problems currently faced by our society. Each undergraduate student will gain professional research experience working with world-class UND researchers. A variety of social activities are planned to enrich your summer in Grand Forks.
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Outreach to High Schools
Since 2005 we annually organize a high school workshop. The theme until 2013 was Air Pollution Workshop “Chemistry Against Dust”.
In 2014 we have redesigned the workshop with new theme "Beyond Crude Oil: Biobased Chemicals and Fuels”. Workshop continues to be of interest to local high schools with annual attendance 120-150 high school juniors and seniors. Find us on Facebook!
Outreach to K-8
Chemistry department is continuously involved in outreach to K-8 providing "KIDs for science" experiences. We have organized Chemistry/Biology afternoons presenting on “Chemistry of Gases” and “Biology of Butterflies” for various groups of children K-4. The targeted audiences for hands-on demonstrations are "Young Scientist and Engineer Academy" with ca. 15-40 kids in each year, students in Ben Franklin elementary school, as well as STEM kids in Grand Forks public library.
Research and teaching collaborations at tribal colleges
We have ongoing research-teaching collaboration with the Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC) at Belcourt, ND (one of the tribal community colleges at ND). This collaboration started in 2012 by receiving funding for ACS Innovative Project Awards “Combined Education and Research for American Indian Scientists (CERAIS).”Within this program our graduate student annually visits TMCC (1-2 weeks) and provides technical support for the advanced instrumentation at TMCC and helps to develop environmental chemistry research projects to gain interest of local students.
The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) Advanced Undergraduate Research Awards (AURA) program is an important and successful means for increasing the number of young people interested in research careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. AURA activities give undergraduate students an opportunity to experience academic research and to learn about graduate school at a point during their studies when they make critical decisions about the future. It is expected that AURA students become contributing members of their research groups and be mentored into research careers.
It is also expected that AURA students will apply for at least one nationally competitive undergraduate scholarship, such as the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.
Chemistry Fun Day with the Chem Club
The free event is hosted by UND Undergraduate Chemistry Club for fun and learning . The event is intended for children in grades 2-5, and includes a number of hands-on activities designed to engage and educate young budding scientists.
Support for the event is provided in part by the Red River Valley Section of the American Chemical Society and by the UND Chemistry Department.
2016 Chemistry Fun Day Registration is now Closed!