National Science Foundation Research Trainees Start Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

USD-N3 National Science Foundation Research Trainees The second cohort of National Science Foundation Research Trainees fellows finished its first semester of coursework this fall.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The second cohort of National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Trainees fellows participating in the University of South Dakota Neuroscience, Nanotechnology and Networks program (USD-N3) finished its first semester of coursework this fall.

USD-N3 is an NSF grant that offers novel interdisciplinary training to prepare graduate students for diverse career paths in STEM professions.

Five students, Christa Huber, Eric Sandhurst, Jessica Zylla, Paul Granaas and Tanner Wilson will work on team-based interdisciplinary research projects with faculty in basic biomedical sciences, biology, biomedical engineering and chemistry to understand the function of and develop innovative treatments for the brain. Graduate students in this program will receive training from multiple disciplines, both in classroom and laboratory settings, to develop key interdisciplinary skills.

The USD-N3 students believe the unique interdisciplinary aspect of the program will benefit them academically and professionally.

"I hope to gain a broader perspective through the professional development workshops, learn new research techniques and create lasting relationships with speakers and professionals from a variety of fields," Sandhurst said.

“What I like most about being a fellow is that I'm encouraged to think in new and unfamiliar ways,” added Granaas. “I'm using this program as an opportunity to build a fulfilling career.”

For more information see www.usd.edu/usdn3.

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