University Summer Camp Student Track
NATURE+ ProgramThe student track was expanded Summer of 2015 into a two-tiered approach to give older students and students who have previously participated in University Summer Camp a more research focused experience with STEM research and more opportunity to consider enrolling at NDSU or UND in a STEM related program. This second tier is part of the new ND EPSCoR NATURE+ program that aims to improve enrollment and retention of Native Americans in North Dakota college and university STEM related programs. The NATURE Sunday Academy program for 2015-2016 has also added NATURE+ content in the form of integrating lessons related to ND EPSCoR funded research. More information on the Sunday Academy program can be found in that section of this website. Information on the ND EPSCoR funded research can be found at the following websites for the research groups:
In 2015, NATURE+ university summer camp activities exposed North Dakota tribal college students to various research career paths through hands-on activities, lab tours, and learning about research methods with Indigenous perspectives on research. Students worked on their own research proposal on the topic of their choice and a couple students were selected to present their proposal at the closing ceremony. During the camp, students also gained studying strategies for educational success and the faculty they met from NDSU and UND are potential mentors to those who go on to enroll at either of those campuses. Opportunities for recreation and social interaction was provided for the students to experience campus and city life at NDSU and UND added fun to the rigor of the camp.