VCSU student selected for chemistry research experience in Prague
Casey Engelhard, a VCSU junior from Valley City, has been selected for an eight-week chemistry research experience this summer in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Engelhard will participate in a UND program, “International Research Experience for Students: Interdisciplinary Environmental and Green Applications in Chemistry.” The research project aims to develop a comprehensive understanding and description of adsorption mechanisms of microalgal biosorption. The study of adsorption of specific organic molecules to microalgal biomass will then enable effective application in environmental biotechnologies. Engelhard’s research award includes a stipend, housing and travel expenses.
VCSU sets spring enrollment records
VCSU has set spring enrollment records for the third consecutive year according to official Spring Semester 2018 census numbers released Feb. 6. The VCSU enrollment figures show a record spring headcount of 1,500 students, along with a spring record for FTE (full-time equivalent) enrollment of 1,044. Over the last 10 years, VCSU spring headcount has grown from 959 to 1,500—a 56 percent increase—and spring FTE enrollment has increased from 767 to 1,044, a 36 percent increase. The record spring enrollment follows an all-time record headcount enrollment of 1,522 students in fall 2017.
N.D. math/science teachers to meet at VCSU March 16-17
VCSU will host the collaborative spring conference of the North Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NDCTM) and the North Dakota Science Teachers Association (NDSTA) to be held Friday and Saturday, March 16–17. About 400 North Dakota K-16 math and science teachers will attend the event, held over VCSU’s spring break. Co-chairing the event are Jamie Wirth and Gary Ketterling of VCSU’s Great Plains STEM Education Center. An outstanding slate of keynote and special presenters has been secured. More information can be found at www.vcsu.edu/steamconference.