Student Experience

On the cutting edge of new technologies and approaches to teaching that improve student engagement and learning.

Research Opportunities for Engaging Students

NDSU always has been strong in basic and applied sciences, and the College of Science and Mathematics is involved in all phases of study and research. All of our faculty have doctoral degrees and are widely recognized on a national and international level for their professional status and contributions to the new body of scientific and mathematic knowledge.

Many of our undergraduates participate in faculty research. Students are encouraged to select research that interests them through the Research Opportunities for Engaging Students, or ROPES, program. Our students graduate equipped with excellent classroom, laboratory and field training, as well as sound research experience.

If you are interested in learning the "ropes" of research for credit or as a part-time job, please contact one of the faculty members listed in the brochure.

2020-21 ROPES Brochure

Math Emporium

The Math Emporium is a hybrid course that connects lecture, technology and just-in-time tutoring to enhance student success in College Algebra and Trigonometry.

How it works at NDSU

  • Each week students spend 1 hour and 15 minutes in a large lecture where material is reviewed and they turn in sheets from their guided notebooks.
  • Students also spend 2 hours in the computer lab working on: their guided notebook; quizzes, and homework.
  • Students take exams in the computer lab once they have demonstrated partial mastery of the subject matter (based on quiz scores).
  • All Emporium time is proctored by instructors, graduate TAs, and undergraduate tutors who help students as needed.
  • The emporium lab, in the basement of the NDSU Library, is open 60 hours a week for students to drop-in as their schedule permits.

Learning Assistants

The Learning Assistants program partners talented undergraduates with faculty teaching large-enrollment courses to create learner-centered classrooms that are conceptually driven, cognitively challenging, and authentic to the discipline. LAs’ primary responsibilities include working with small teams of students, either within a large-lecture meeting, in recitation, and/or in office hours. 

Benefits for LAs 

  • Develop content mastery and science identities 
  • Cultivate interpersonal and communication skills
  • Learn about the evidence-based learning practices and how to implement them into classroom environments 

Benefits of LA-supported Classrooms

  • Students experience better learning outcomes 
  • Students experience greater satisfaction with course experience
  • LA model contributes to changes in pedagogical practices of faculty and supports institutional transformation
  • Increased in-class attention to students

Student Clubs

Biological Sciences 

American Medical Student Association
Pre-Dental Club

Pre-Medical Club
Pre-Optometry Club
Pre-Physician Assistant Club
Advisor: Jill Lodde Greives

Wildlife Society
Advisors: Erin Gillam and Matthew Smith

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry and Biochemistry Club
Advisors: Seth Rasmussen and Stuart Haring

College of Science and Mathematics

CSM Ambassadors
President: Adele Malone
Advisor: Mark Nawrot

Geosciences

Geology Club
President: Sara Gibbs Schnucker
Advisors: Ben Laabs and Lydia Tackett

Mathematics

PiMUEpsilon (Math Club)
Advisor: Azer Akhmedov

Physics

Society of Physics Students
President: Joseph Bonin
Advisor: Warren Christensen

Psychology

Psychology Club
President: Allyson Kuznia
Advisor: Jeff Johnson

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