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International partnerships goal of South Korea, China delegation

Posted on November 19, 2015

A team of MSUM faculty, administrators and staff leave Dec. 1 for meetings with high schools and universities in South Korea and China for the purpose of partnership-building and bringing new students to MSUM.  The delegation includes Jack Healy, Randy Cagle, Denise Gorsline, Zhimin Guan, Peter Geib, Dan Brekke, and Janet Hohenstein. 

The trip will include visits to the Seoul National University of Education, a K-12 organization and universities in Bejing, Shanghai, Xi’an, and Guilin.  The delegation will return Dec. 14.  Read the rest of this entry →

Math and Science Secondary Teaching Scholarships

Posted on November 19, 2015

Are you interested in sharing the fun of science and math with kids by being a secondary teacher? Scholarships* are available for Math and Science Majors to pursue a Secondary Teaching Licensure

Noyce Scholar applications and FAQ can be found at:
Due Monday Nov. 30
* Full Tuition and Partial Room & Board
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GIS Day – Final Schedule of Events

Posted on November 18, 2015

Please join us in celebrating GIS Day on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 on the MSUM Campus! 

Geographic Information System (GIS) technology allows us to visualize and solve problems facing people, plants, and animals living in dynamic systems. Have you ever used your smartphone to navigate through an unfamiliar city or to locate a restaurant within two miles? Come find out how phone apps use GIS to accomplish these tasks. If you are a visual learner, problem solver, or technology adopter, GIS Day has something for you. 

Schedule of Events Read the rest of this entry →

HLTH 190: Intro to Health Professions Offered Spring Semester

Posted on November 13, 2015

Are you interested in a career in the health professions? Intro to Health Professions (HLTH 190) is a one-credit, half semester course where you will explore different health careers, learn about pre-requisites to professional schools, and develop a plan to pursue your health career goals. Questions? Contact Megan Proulx at

George Holley and Rinita Dalan attended archaeological conference

Posted on November 10, 2015

George Holley and Rinita Dalan (Anthropology and Earth Science) attended the 59th annual Midwest Archaeological Conference in Milwaukee, WI, November 5-7. George Holley presented a paper entitled “A New Incised Catlinite Tablet Style from the Red River of the Northeastern Plains”. Rinita Dalan coauthored a paper “Archaeological Prospection at Aztalan: Results of the 2014 National Park Service Geophysics Workshop” with fellow instructors from the National Park Service workshop. Five anthropology and geoscience alumni also presented papers and posters at the conference.

Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series Present: Caterpillar Remanufacturing: A More Sustainable Solution

Posted on November 06, 2015

By: John Johnson
Salvage Engineer
Caterpillar Remanufacturing Drivetrain LLC
Friday, November 6 | 3:30 pm | HA 325 Read the rest of this entry →

Chris Chastain, Biosciences, awarded 2-year $148,600 research grant

Posted on November 03, 2015

Chris Chastain, Biosciences, was awarded a 2-year $148,600 research grant from the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The grant, entitled “Role of pyruvate phosphate dikinase regulatory protein isoform-2 in Zea mays C4 photosynthesis”, will fund Dr. Chastain’s ongoing research into C4 photosynthesis. In addition, the award also provides funds to hire two undergraduate students for full-time summer research and for their attendance and participation at a national level research conference.

Come help with Aquaponics

Posted on October 29, 2015

Come help with Aquaponics! Interested in growing food or doing research with Aquponics in MSUM’s Green House? Sustainable Students Association is having a meeting tomorrow, Wednesday October 28th at 5:30pm in HA 111 ( The Office of Campus Sustainability). Anyone can come to learn more about aquaponics or get involved.

Start preparing for the Student Academic Conference

Posted on October 29, 2015

Student-centered education through mentoring
student research and creative activities

It’s not too early to inform your students of the upcoming 18th Annual Student Academic Conference. Although the conference isn’t until April 12, 2016, encourage them to start researching and preparing their presentations.

Consider making participation or attendance in the SAC part of your spring semester syllabus.

To view SAC Handbooks from the past, read about past keynote speakers and find out more about the conference, visit or email



Start preparing for the Student Academic Conference

Posted on October 27, 2015

Student-centered education through mentoring
student research and creative activities

Ask your advisor or professor how you can participate in the 18th Annual Student Academic Conference and showcase your academic project on April 12, 2016. It’s not too early to start researching and preparing your presentations.

To view SAC Handbooks from the past, read about past keynote speakers and find out more about the conference, visit or email

MSUM offers archaeology tour of the Regional Science Center

Posted on September 18, 2015

September 20 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Regional Science Center 

MSU Moorhead’s Department of Anthropology and Earth Science is offering a tour of archaeology of the Regional Science Center on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tour is being hosted in association with Minnesota Archaeology Week, an annual event to celebrate the archaeological understanding of Minnesota’s past.

Open to the public, the tour will explore the archeological history and significance of the Regional Science Center, including the discovery this summer of bison bones and dart tips left behind by native people that hunted there 500 to 8,000 years ago. Professor George Holley and three MSUM undergraduate students uncovered these artifacts in early August.

“These discoveries represent a major breakthrough in our understanding of the Red River valley past,” Holley said. “The Science Center contains a unique setting of timber, water, stone and environmental habitats, where the Buffalo River met the expansive prairie of the Red River Valley, that was a focal point for native peoples of the region. We expect to find evidence for the entirety of the past, a perspective that is not available in any other area in the region.”

During the tour, archaeologists and students will be placed throughout the center to explain the archaeological significance of the site and to answer any questions.

Read more about this summer’s dig.


Physics/Astronomy Seminar Series

Posted on September 03, 2015

Summer Experience: Internship, Research and Conferences
Friday, September 4 | 3:30 p.m. | HA 325

Aschalew Chamiso — AFM analysis of Biological Samples: an ongoing research project
Jared Saunders and Isaac Skalsky — Educational adventures attending the American Association of Physics Teachers conference
Tyler Meehleib — Work as a STEM education intern
Dillon Hylton — An update on TRON (an electric truck) What does a solar panel installation intern do

Dr. Lisa Stewart helps ready new Minnesota Reading Corps members

Posted on August 20, 2015

Dr. Lisa Stewart, School Psychology, helps new batch of Minnesota Reading Corps members get ready to serve. Dr. Stewart attended and trained at the Minnesota Reading and Math Corps Summer Institute on August 18 in Minneapolis, Minn. Read the rest of this entry →

Star Party on the Prairie August 14

Posted on August 13, 2015

Friday, August 14 | 8:30-10:30 p.m. | Regional Science Center

Come see the stars at the MSUM Regional Science Center Friday, Aug. 14 from 8:30-10:30 p.m. The FM Astronomy Club will have several small telescopes set up for viewing the moon, stars, planets, and select faint objects. The research-grade telescope will be taking images also, with MSUM students on hand to talk a bit about their research.

The event is a joint effort of the Fargo-Moorhead Astronomy Club, MSUM Regional Science Center, Department of Physics and Astronomy and MSUM Planetarium.

School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership RN to BSN Nursing Program

Posted on August 13, 2015

As stakeholders in the Minnesota State University Moorhead RN to BSN nursing program, we are writing to inform you that the RN to BSN program is scheduled for programmatic re-accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) this year. The on-site review team will be at MSUM on October 14-16, 2015.

In this process, you are invited to provide feedback about our RN to BSN program through confidential written and signed comments. As desired, please submit related comments to: Read the rest of this entry →

Latest MSUM dig finds ‘mind boggling’ large area of material from early bison hunters

Posted on August 04, 2015

MOORHEAD – A three-week archaeological survey on land that once was part of the Ponderosa Golf Course in Glyndon has discovered large “surface scatter” areas — up to a quarter mile long — filled with bison bones and dart tips left behind by native people that hunted there 800 to 2,000 years ago. Read the rest of this entry →

Alumnus Goes on NASA Mission

Posted on June 10, 2015

Craig Kutz is enrolled in the MD/PhD program at the Medical University of South Carolina


Ever since he was a kid growing up in a farming family on the outskirts of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Craig Kutz dreamed of being an astronaut. “I’m kind of obsessed with NASA,” he said. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is America’s space agency. Read the rest of this entry →

Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund providing support to projects around the state for 25th year

Posted on May 28, 2015

$46.3 million secured for 65 environmental projects from state lottery-generated fund, including MSUM’s Prairie and Riparian Restoration and Monitoring project

(St. Paul, MN, May 27, 2015) – $46.3 million from Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (“Trust Fund”) has been appropriated to 65 individual projects around the state. The bill containing the appropriations, which passed the Minnesota Legislature with strong bi-partisan support on May 18, was based on project recommendations from the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR). Governor Dayton signed the bill into law on May 22, thereby approving funds for all of the projects contained in the bill. Read the rest of this entry →

Nawrot presents research at vision conference

Posted on May 26, 2015

Lisa Nawrot, Psychology, recently attended the Vision Science Society conference in St. Pete’s Beach, Florida. Nawrot presented a poster titled “Oculomotor responses to radial optic flow in infancy”. This research was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health and included data from more than 125 infants tested here at the MSUM Child Development Lab. Eight undergraduate student researchers assisted with this project over the past two years.

Psychology graduate receives prestigious Paterson award

Posted on May 18, 2015

KatieJohanson_9550 webcopyKatherine A. Johanson, a psychology and gerontology major, received the prestigious Donald G. Paterson Undergraduate Award in Psychology at the annual convention of the Minnesota Psychological Association. The award is given annually to an outstanding senior to recognize and encourage high achievement in psychology at the undergraduate level.

It’s the second time in 32 years that an MSUM student has received the award. John Gunstad received the award in 1997. The award citation, in part, stated: “Katherine demonstrated academic success in pursuing double majors in psychology and gerontology, among other facets of her undergraduate education, she has also consistently been the recipient of honors, awards, and scholarships.”

Johanson, who graduated summa cum laude from MSUM, was accepted into a number of doctoral programs, but will pursue a Master’s in Clinical Psychology at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. She received a $5,000 graduate fellowship to conduct research with Dr. Leilani Feliciano on developing cognitive profiles of older diabetics. Read the rest of this entry →

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