Student Programs

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Student Programs

Mancur Olson Scholars

The Mancur Olson Scholars program, named after North Dakota native and NDSU alum Mancur Olson, is a semester-long interdisciplinary learning and scholarship program.

Each semester, we host reading groups for students to explore a topic through books and peer discussion. This program is open to all NDSU undergraduate students who meet the eligibility requirements. Reading groups enhance the university experience by helping students explore important ideas, engage in civil discussion, and develop scholarly skills. 



Mancur Olson Fellows

A Mancur Olson Fellowship is a full program of training and activities that teaches students how to conduct public policy research.

Fellowships are open to undergraduate students of all majors. Applications are accepted during the application window and decided on a rolling basis. Fellows will receive mentoring as they engage the full research process--from idea generation to research design to publication and outreach. 



New Institutional Social Science certificate

The New Institutional Social Science graduate certificate program explores a multidisciplinary perspective on the study of institutions and society.

The certificate is open to students enrolled in an NDSU Graduate School program. Students will complete 13 credits from courses offered in new institutional social science, economics, political science, sociology, and psychology. The program culminates with a summer research seminar.



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