NDSU’s four-year graduation rate increases 10 percent
NDSU’s commencement ceremonies were held May 12, with 2,300 students eligible to participate. The university’s efforts to improve graduation rates showed positive results, with a 10 percent increase in the four-year graduation rate for first-time, full-time students between the fall 2013 and fall 2008 classes.
NDSU students receive prestigious National Science Foundation fellowships
NDSU students Kurt Williams and Anna Renner earned highly competitive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Williams is a doctoral student in zoology and STEM education. Renner is a new NDSU graduate who plans to begin graduate studies in chemistry at Harvard University in the fall. Graduate student Jasmin Kaye Farmakes and senior Ryan Callahan earned honorable mentions. Fellowship recipients often become national leaders who make major contributions to science and teaching.
Endowed professorship to advance ag research, provide hands-on learning for students
Robert Brueggeman, associate professor and agricultural research scientist, was appointed to the newly-established, privately-funded Dr. Charles J. Mode Professorship of Genomics Research. Brueggeman directs research that involves both undergraduate and graduate students. Through applied research, he is pursuing genetic resistance to a range of diseases that threaten the production of cereal crops. The professorship will advance research, provide students valuable hands-on learning opportunities and enhance academic programs.