Research On The Prairies

Research on the Prairies is a 10-week summer research experience for undergraduate students.  Participants will work alongside faculty to engage in cutting-edge research in the molecular sciences.  A list of faculty sponsors and summer research projects can be found here.  Participants will receive a $5000 stipend and on-campus housing. The summer 2012 program will run from May 29 through August 3.

Information and Application Process

Complete application packets must be received by February 15, 2012




Women, minorities, and students from other under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply.


Throughout the intensive summer program, participants will learn to think creatively and independently about research and to communicate their results in multiple contexts.  Weekly seminars, informal research meetings, and trips to regional attractions (e.g. The Badlands) are planned. The summer program will culminate in an undergraduate research symposium that showcases participants’ progress throughout the summer.


Applicants must meet the following requirements for consideration in the summer research program:

  • Completed at least their freshman year (by May 2012) and have, as a minimum, completed college-level general chemistry and biology.
  • Required minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0.
  • Students must be approved to work in the USA.
  • Students are expected to dedicate their time to the research program. Therefore, participants may not enroll for summer courses or accept other employment during the 10 weeks of the program.


The following application materials should be sent electronically to Dr. Erika Offerdahl [ndsureu (at) gmail (dot) com] no later than February 15, 2012.  You will receive an email when we receive your application, and another email when we have your full packet. Incomplete or late packets will not be considered.

Preference will be given to applicants from non-Ph.D. granting institutions.  Women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

This program is made possible by a grant from
the National Science Foundation (NSF-CHEM #1062701).

North Dakota State University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national origin, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a U.S. veteran. Direct inquiries to the Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Global Outreach, 205 Old Main, (701) 231-7708.

2 Responses

  1. Amy Snyder

    I am interesting in applying for this research opportunity; however, I have only worked for money at one place since middle school. Please let me know how I should fill out the professional reference section.
    Amy Snyder

    1. Greg

      The references are faculty who know you from your school. You should find people who can comment on your science abilities, etc. These are not “job” references. If you’ve done any research in the past, then those faculty would be good references.

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