Avenues of Scientific Discovery

Making science approachable for middle & high school students.

Avenues of Scientific Discovery

Saturday, April 2, 2022
A. Glenn Hill Center at NDSU
8:30 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

The North Dakota State University Office of Teaching and Learning’s Avenues of Scientific Discovery conference (formerly Expanding Your Horizons) is a one-day conference for middle and high school students focused on cultivating an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This year’s Avenues of Scientific Discovery will be on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at the A. Glenn Hill Center at NDSU. Workshop sessions will be held throughout the day for two tracks: 7th-9th grades and 10th-12th grades, and will feature NDSU faculty, staff, and graduate students sharing their knowledge with up to 300 regional students.




This is a general schedule for the event. School Districts bringing large groups of students will be assigned a time block that may vary slightly from this schedule.

8:30-9:15 a.m. – Check-in

9:20 a.m. – Welcome, announcements, & release to morning workshops

10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. – Two morning workshops

12:10 p.m. – Lunch (provided)

12:50 p.m. – Announcements & release to afternoon workshops

1:15-3:25 p.m. – Two afternoon workshops

3:40 p.m. – Student pick up



Sponsor Avenues of Scientific Discovery

We are now accepting sponsorships for the 2022 event. 

To continue making an impact on the middle and high school students of our region, Avenues of Scientific Discovery (formerly Expanding Your Horizons) needs your support. This conference is a prime opportunity to develop interest in the career field your organization works in.  There are no minimum sponsorship requirements for this conference.  Companies and organizations can provide a monetary donation in any amount they are comfortable with or donate door prizes for the students who attend. All sponsors are recognized on marketing materials, including the website, conference packets, and on-site signage.

What do sponsorships pay for? Sponsorships help keep our registration costs minimal so that more students can participate in this event and go toward covering registration fees for those who apply for a scholarship, as well as cover meal costs.


2019 sponsors

American Association of University Women Fargo-Moorhead Branch
American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists
Concordia College
Concordia College Exotic Animal Care and Husbandry Club
Concordia College Math Club
Concordia College Sigma Zeta
Concordia College Society of Physics Students (SPS)
Concordia College Student Nurses Association
Concordia College Tri-Beta
CORE Programs
Institute of Industrial and System Engineering (IISE)
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Noridian Mutual Insurance Company/Blue Cross Blue Shield
NDSU Anthropology Association
NDSU Center for Immunization Research and Education
NDSU Civil & Environmental Engineering Department
NDSU Coating & Polymeric Materials Program
NDSU College of Arts, Humanities & Social Science
NDSU College of Engineering
NDSU College of Graduate & Interdisciplinary Studies
NDSU College of Health Professions
NDSU College of Human Development & Education
NDSU College of Science & Mathematics
NDSU Department of Animal Science
NDSU Department of Biological Sciences
NDSU Healthy Eating and Body Image Lab
NDSU IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence
NDSU Office of Teaching & Learning
NDSU Plant Sciences Graduate Student Association
NDSU Public Health Association
NDSU Rho Chi Society
NDSU Student Nurse Association
NuCara Pharmacy
USDA Insect Cryobiology and Ecophysiology Network
Veterans Administration Hospital



Frequently Asked Questions 

We put together a list of questions that participants, parents, and coordinating school districts frequently ask about the Avenues of Scientific Discovery event. Please review these questions prior to coming to NDSU for the event. 

If you have any other questions not addressed here, please contact NDSU's Office of Teaching and Learning at (701) 231-7015 or email ndsu.otl@ndsu.edu


What is Avenues of Scientific Discovery? 
The objective of Avenues of Scientific Discovery is show middle and high school students that science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are fun and interesting fields. We also want to make science approachable for students, which might guide them into a field of study they would not have otherwise known about or been interested in. More important, showcasing different scientific fields of study allows students to experience what science is all about in postsecondary education and the real world.   

Who can attend Avenues of Scientific Discovery? 
Avenues of Scientific Discovery is open to all regional middle and high school students, though we have an attendance cap of 300 students. 

Does our school have to pay anything for our students to attend? 
The registration fee is $10 per student.   

Why do we have to pre-register students? 
Students must be pre-registered for this event. The reason for this is, we need to have a waiver signed by their parents that allows them to attend the event. The waivers parents sign are required by the NDSU Police and Safety Office for any minor attending any event on campus. The event itself is generally considered safe and any required personal protective equipment (goggles, rubber gloves, etc.) is provided by NDSU. 

Where do we park our school bus? 
Event coordinators will give you directions to the designated bus parking. You may also choose to bring a school van.  

Is there a fee to park our school bus? 
Parking is free for busses and vans when you park in the designated parking area. If you choose to park a school van in one of the visitor lots, please ensure you have paid for a parking pass at one of the pay stations. Your bus or van will receive a parking ticket if you are not parked in the designated parking area.   

What should my students do with their coats? 
We will have a coat hanging station for students to bring their winter coats if they’re still needed by the time of the event. Some schools have also chosen to leave their coats on their bus since students are dropped off right at the door. It is up to your school which option you choose but please ensure students remove any personal items from their jackets to ensure items are not lost. 

Are there enough restrooms near the event? 
There are several bathrooms on all floors of the A. Glenn Hill building, which is where the event will be held.  

Do my students need to bring anything? 
Your students are not required to bring anything. If they are interested in taking notes, they are welcome to bring a notebook and pen or pencil.  

Are there snacks available for students? 
This event will not provide snacks; however, if a student requires a snack they are welcome to bring one. We do require snacks to be eaten outside of the workshop session rooms, during breaks. Snacks can distract other students from hearing the workshop leaders and standard lab practice requires students refrain from eating in or near a lab.  

Event Contacts

Amy Tichy  //  Graduate Assistant  //  701-231-9712

Holly DeVries  //  Graduate Assistant  //  701-231-7015

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