University Summer Camp Student Track

NATURE Program

The goals of the University Summer Camp for tribal college and college-bound students include introducing them to STEM disciplines and career opportunities, exposing them to city and campus life, and attracting them to four year STEM programs. This two-week camp is usually offered in the first two weeks of June each year and campus activities for the students include lab tours and educational lessons at both UND and NDSU and sometimes tours at area STEM related businesses. Students select a research topic from one of the university lab tours and spend their 2nd week of camp at the applicable university doing the research. The students involved in each topic selected work together to create a powerpoint slide of their research and camp experience and present it at the closing ceremony.

NATURE+ Program

The 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.


Photographs, and possibly videos, may be taken at ND EPSCoR sponsored activities including University Summer Camp. 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