Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research and Education (NATURE) is an education outreach project sponsored by the North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). NATURE aims at improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education among North Dakota tribal college and high school students, and building a pathway for them to pursue careers in STEM disciplines. Participants of the project include students and faculty from all 5 tribal colleges in North Dakota, high schools students and teacher on 4 North Dakota Indian reservations, and faculty from North Dakotas two research universities, North Dakota State University (NDSU) and University of North Dakota (UND). NATURE has designed four activities to accomplish its objectives: Sunday Academy, Tribal College Students Summer Camp, Summer Camps for high school students, and University-Tribal College Collaborative Research Mentoring for Tribal College students.
The Research Mentoring Program benefits two students and two Tribal College faculty mentors from each of the Tribal Colleges in the State per year.Fall 2010-Spring 2011 student research projects