University Summer Camp Student Track Archives

The goals of the Summer Camp at NDSU include introducing tribal college students to STEM disciplines and career opportunities, exposing them to city and campus life, attracting them to four year STEM programs, and engaging tribal high school and college faculty in career improvement and lesson development. This two-week camp is usually offered in the first two weeks of June each year. The camp has two tracks, tribal college student track, and instructor and teacher track.

Student Track

In 2015, twelve American Indian students from three tribal colleges participated in the NATURE Summer Camp June 1-12. Concurrently, six Tribal college faculty and two Reservation high school math/science teachers worked together with the faculty from NDSU and UND to develop lesson plans for the high school summer camps in June and July at the tribal college sites and for the upcoming Sunday Academy sessions, held one Sunday a month through the academic year 2015-2016. A two-day workshop was held the end of July at NDSU for the tribal college faculty and teachers to practice and perfect the hands-on activities in the lesson plans they developed for the Sunday Academy for the upcoming academic year.

Four student groups worked with NDSU faculty and one group with UND faculty. The five student presentations on the closing day of the camp showcased the collaboration of 12 American Indian students from tribal reservations across North Dakota and faculty and graduate students from the state's two research universities UND and NDSU. Opportunities for recreation and social interaction provided for the students to experience campus and city life at NDSU and UND added fun to the rigor of the camp. The camp concluded with a closing ceremony with a closing prayer followed by a luncheon.

Robert Pieri, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, directed the camp with assistance from Chad Ulven, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. The primary resource faculty for instruction and mentoring during the camp include: Turk Rhen, Associate Professor of Biology (UND), Adnan Akyuz, Professor of Climatological Practice (NDSU), Jun Kong, Associate Professor of Computer Science (NDSU), Jayma Moore, Core Labs Manager (NDSU) and David Wells, Professor or Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (NDSU). Graduate students Paula Comeau, Natural Resources Management (NDSU) and James Schanandore, Zoology (NDSU) assisted in instruction and logistics of the camp. NDSU and UND students who helped with mentoring and logistics for the camp include: Ryan Brown, Darrin Frederick, Taryn Payer, Brianna Provost and Jordan Syverson. Many other faculty from UND and NDSU helped with department tours and laboratory demonstrations.