An Uncommon Research Competition

Join us to create interdisciplinary research proposals in 30 hours.

CoSearch is research competition for faculty members that brings together great minds from across the state to develop interdisciplinary research proposals. They then pitch these proposals to a panel of judges for an opportunity to have their research funded.

An Introduction to CoSearch

Dr. Michael Burns, the founder of CoSearch and an NDSU alumnus, shared his inspiration for CoSearch:

We believe that many of the world’s problems could be solved by universities but they just need a way to jump-start the interdisciplinary process and a creative environment do it in. We simply had to turn the research process into a research experience.

This inspiration launched CoSearch:

Meet Dr. Burns, CoSearch Facilitator and Founder

Dr. Michael Burns is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies at Texas State University where he also serves as the CoDirector for CoSearch. Most importantly, he earned his Ph.D. in Communication from North Dakota State University in 2012.

He gave a great TEDxFargo talk about the concept of CoSearch early on in the process. Have a listen:

CoSearch NDSU  Agenda

Friday, October 25– Research Park

12:30 Doors Open/ Registration

1:00 Welcome and Kickoff

1:30 Pitches of research ideas

3:00 Teams Start

5:00 Idea Updates & Challenges

5:45 Dinner and Work with Mentors

7:50 Reminders / Clean-Up

8:00 Doors Close


Saturday, October 26 - Research Park

8:30 Breakfast

9:00 Kickoff Day 2

9:30 Teams continue working on their projects

11:30 Return to main room to get lunch for Working Lunch

12:00 Begin Breakdown & Clean-Up

12:30-2:30 Presentation/Creative Coaches arrive and help groups

2:30-3:30 Final Presentation Prep

4:00 Arrival at The Sanctuary, 670 4th Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102 (Guests welcome!)

4:30-6:00 Welcome and Pitches

6:00-8:00 Party continues at The Sanctuary


Register here to reserve your spot today!

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