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We are grateful to the following for financial support

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The College of Science and Mathematics
The College of Engineering and Architecture
The Provost’s Office, NDSU
EPSCoR and National Science Foundation Grant EPS-0814442
Center of Protease Research
Department of Physics
Department of Coating and Polymeric Materials

About the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at North Dakota State University has it's roots in the founding of the university. On March 8, 1890, the North Dakota Agricultural College was signed into law. Later that year, Edwin Fremont Ladd, a chemist originally from Maine, was recruited to North Dakota as the second faculty member on campus. In the basement of College Hall, Ladd taught chemistry, nutrition and dairy products. He was instrumental in guiding the beginnings of chemistry, pharmacy, nutrition, agricultural biochemistry, polymers and coatings and the State Testing Laboratory at NDAC. Over 120 years later, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry continues to lead the university and the upper great plains region in education and research. The department teaches over 7000 students each year in its general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry courses. The department boasts nineteen faculty working in broad research areas from biomedical science to energy to sustainable materials and processes to STEM education. With annual research expenditures over $3M per year, the department generates a large economic impact in North Dakota. Since its inception, the department has led the state in cutting research in material science, organic, photochemical and photophysical sciences, pharmaceuticals, coatings, catalysis, agricultural and biomedical sciences. Faculty are globally engaged in research collaborations and partnerships on several continents. State of the art equipment allows students to have the best training in NMR spectroscopy, X-Ray crystallography, materials characterization, molecular biology, DNA analysis and much more. The department hosts collaborative research centers that support research across colleges and departments at NDSU. The department has proactively engaged local high school students and Fargo-Moorhead community to keep them informed about modern advancements in science. Every summer the department hosts students in a summer research program called PICNICS (Parents Involvement with Children, Nurturing Intellectual Curiosity in Science) with the aim of helping local area high school students consider science as a career path. The department also has a long tradition of nurturing undergraduates in research. The doctoral program in the department trains a dynamic work force capable of tackling research problems faced by scientist at the interface of modern science and technology.

About the College of Science and Mathematics

Explore . . . Discover . . . Achieve

The College of Science and Mathematics prepares NDSU graduates to be part of it all – working in this country and abroad in a wide spectrum of science and mathematics fields.  Our graduates today serve in a diversity of fields:  top executives in chemical and biotechnology companies, computer scientists for major technology companies (e.g., Microsoft in Fargo), physicists for NASA, physicians and health specialists, and exploration geologists at sites across the Americas. Of the 14,500 students attending NDSU, 1,350 undergraduates and 425 graduate students are enrolled in the College of Science and Mathematics.  Placement rates for all of our majors are good; our science and mathematics K-12 teachers are in especially high demand and enjoy, by far, the best opportunities in the teaching profession. NDSU has always been strong in the basic and applied sciences, and today the College of Science and Mathematics is involved in all phases of study and research.  Research grant awards total approximately $9,000,000 annually.  All 120 tenure-track faculty have doctoral degrees, and they are widely recognized on a national and international level for their professional status and their contributions to the new body of scientific and mathematical knowledge.  Many of our undergraduate students participate in the research programs of our faculty, and they graduate from NDSU equipped with not only excellent classroom, laboratory and field training, but with sound research experience.

About the Department of Physics

In its current form, the Department of Physics at North Dakota State University is a relatively “young” department; all twelve faculty have joined the department within the last eleven years, six of these in the last four. We are a research-oriented department with active efforts in theoretical and computational condensed matter physics (advanced simulation techniques, soft matter, complex fluids, active matter and biophysics), electronic properties (photo-excitations and charge transport, Auger charge carrier multiplication and exciton structure in semiconductor quantum dots), optics (laser spectroscopy), physics education, experimental polymer physics (thin films and confinement, adhesion and instabilities), and high-performance polymer nanocomposite films and materials (single-wall carbon nanotubes, graphene and related materials; single-crystal silicon quantum dots and liquid silane inks). Targeted impact areas related to Sustainable Materials and Light Driven Processes include polymer coatings and composites, energy (photovoltaics and flexible electronics), and biomedical applications of photonics. One of our faculty members is Director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Materials and Nanotechnology. The Department is also actively engaged in a number of outreach activities including the NATURE (Nuturing American Tribal Research and Education) Summer Camp for North Dakota tribal college and high school students, Governor’s School, an Annual Undergraduate Research Poster Session, “Science Fun Nights” at area elementary and middle schools, and NDSU’s “Expanding Your Horizons” for middle school girls. This last year, a team of undergraduate physics majors won a Bronze Medal in the international University Physics Competition.

About the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials

The NDSU Department of Coatings and Polymeric materials is one of the few departments in the world having a focus in the field of protective and decorative coatings technology and the one with the longest history. NDSU started offering polymer and coatings chemistry courses in 1906. Over the decades, the department has established a worldwide reputation for education and research as well as enhancing international diversity through interactions between students and research staff with leading companies and universities in the United States and abroad. The faculty members are highly research active and many have industrial experience. Research programs are funded by both government and industry and include topics in polymer synthesis, marine coatings, corrosion protection, novel colloidal particles, and lifetime prediction. The department offers a minor at the undergraduate level and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the graduate level. Due to the high demand for scientists trained in polymer and coatings technology, our graduates at all degree levels are in high demand and are employed at government laboratories as well as in major coatings, polymer, chemical, biomedical, electronic and petroleum companies with many graduates attaining upper management positions.