Sunday Academy

Sunday Academy is a program designed to generate interest in math, science and engineering among the American Indian high school students. Once a month during the academic year, high school students are brought together on a Sunday and are presented with practical day-to-day problems involving simple math, physics, chemistry and engineering in an informal and friendly atmosphere requiring them to think, analyze and seek solutions. Typically, eight academy sessions are held in a year beginning in September and ending in April in each of the five tribal colleges. Sessions begin at 10:00 am and go up to 4:00 pm. Cultural relevance and hands-on activities are emphasized in all topics. Lessons for the Sunday Academy sessions are developed collaboratively by the Tribal College faculty, Reservation high school teachers, and university professors at the NDSU summer camp in the first two weeks of June. The team assembles again later at NDSU for a workshop in the last week of July or the first week of August. At this workshop they fine tune the hands-on activities of the lesson plans and test them out. By the end of the workshop all lesson plans are completed and are ready for delivery.

Unique features

  • Cultural connection
  • Hand-on activities
  • Participation of high school teachers, tribal college instructors and university professors collaboratively all the way from conception to delivery of the lessons
  • Multiple sites at the same time
  • Incorporation of ND EPSCoR funded research topics in lesson plans


Surveys will be handed out at all of the Sunday Academies during the 2015-2016 year. The surveys are being done to help us with our Sunday Academy programming. The information we collect will help us to improve our current Sunday Academy programming and stimulate ideas, such as targeted scholarships, to create new opportunities to promote the involvement, and retention of, North Dakota American Indian students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The surveys ask Sunday Academy participants about their experience in the program, occupations they might consider and whether they hope to pursue studies in (STEM) fields in the future. Below are the consent forms for Sunday Academy students and parents/guardians to sign that would allow the Sunday Academy student to participate in the surveys.

Below are the forms being used for student participant assent and parent/guardian consent.

Survey assent form for students to sign
Survey consent form for parents to sign


Photographs, and possibly videos, may be taken at ND EPSCoR sponsored activities including Sunday Academy. Permissions are needed from students participating in ND EPSCoR sponsored activities for ND EPSCoR to use their image (for example: on ND EPSCoR related websites or in advertising/promotional materials). Students under age 18 also need parent/guardian permission.

Below is the photo release form being used. The student participant completes and signs the Participation Consent section while the parent/guardian of a student participant under age 18 completes and signs the Parent/Guardian Consent section.

2016 ND EPSCoR photo release form