Success Stories


Travis Martin started his career as a Research Scientist at Dakota Technologies, Inc. when he was a student at Valley City State University. With STTAR program support, he says, "I was able to meet scientists and get my master's degree." He earned his M.S. in Chemistry from North Dakota State University with the support of a ND EPSCoR Graduate Assistantship. He said the assistantship helped him complete his master's degree quicker than if he had worked and studied. He said that the "EPSCoR program helped me choose my career goal."


At ComMark, Inc. in Mayville, Carrie Osland, as a Mayville State University senior in Computer Information Systems, developed a client administration database and application programs for the software Internet development company. Osland said it is both rewarding and educational to work with cutting-edge technology, while meeting customers' needs. "I'm glad there's a program that is providing opportunities for students to work with new technology," she said. "This will be a great stepping stone for when I graduate."


Brian Tangen is a 1999 Valley City State University graduate and a ND EPSCoR Graduate Student Assistantship award winner. This award allowed him to stay in North Dakota while pursuing graduate education and a career in wildlife research. Tangen earned his M.S. in Zoology at NDSU. Tangen is currently employed as a Biological Science Technician by the U.S. Geological Survey in Jamestown, ND.

Dr. Tom Gonnella, Mayville State University (MaSU) Assistant Professor of Chemistry/Physics, participated in ND EPSCoR's Faculty Laboratory and Research Experiences (FLARE) program to develop research skills through collaboration with NDSU scientists. This activity led to the update of science curriculum and the initiation of student-centered research at his home institution. Dr. Gonnella continued his collaboration with NDSU scientists and Dakota Technologies, Inc. (DTI) through ND EPSCoR's Faculty in Technology Transfer (FITT) program and will engage MaSU undergraduates in research that applies DTI-developed technology with the support of ND EPSCoR's Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) program.


Dr. Selmer Moen, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Minot State University, received ND EPSCoR Faculty in Technology Transfer (FITT) support to assist Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing in their development of aircraft test flight circuit boards.
Dr. Christopher Keller, Assistant Professor of Biology at Minot State University, initiated a student-centered research program with the support of ND EPSCoR's Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN). By conducting experiments on the control of plant growth and photosynthesis, students gain valuable hands-on experience, which improves their job readiness and expands their career visions and options for employment.