|SUNRISE to host American Indian students and teachers|
American Indian students from tribal communities throughout the North and South Dakota will participate in the Native American Freshman Research Experience July 6-17 at both the UND and North Dakota State University in Fargo.
Fifteen high school students, two high school teachers, and four tribal college students will spend two weeks working in laboratories with SUNRISE faculty mentors as well as participating in programs designed to introduce them to North Dakota's two research university communities and to science and engineering majors.
Participants will be welcomed by UND President Robert Kelley, SUNRISE Director Wayne Seames and staff members of the UND American Indian Student Services Center at an opening ceremony at 9 a.m., July 6, at the UND American Indian Student Services Center. The participants will then be paired with their faculty mentors and work on research related to sustainable energy technologies.
Funding for this program is provided by the Department of Energy EPSCoR Infrastructure Improvement Program and the SUNRISE BioProducts Center of Excellence. The program coordinator is Julia Zhao, assistant professor of chemistry at UND. The NDSU program is managed by Uwe Burghaus, associate professor of chemistry.
Founded in 2005, SUNRISE is a student-centered, faculty-led research program at UND, North Dakota State University and other North Dakota Universities.
The mission of SUNRISE is to conduct research that contributes to solving complex energy-related problems, investigate the development of sustainable energy options and spur economic development and job-creation for North Dakota, increase UND and NDSU research competitiveness in sustainable energy, and finally, produce graduates to develop and promote sustainable energy in North Dakota, the region, and the nation. All this is done within a unified, interdisciplinary program that translates fundamental research into commercial solutions.
-- David L. Dodds, Writer/Editor, University Relations, email@example.com, 777-5529