The four students in this year’s cohort include:

  • Bethany Freel, pursuing a Ph. D. in Basic Biomedical Sciences
  • Kevin Krupp, pursuing a Ph.D. in Biology
  • Marie Severson, pursuing a Ph.D. in Basic Biomedical Sciences
  • Reagan Nelson, pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences

The USD-N3 program, co-directed by Brian Burrell, Ph.D., and Ranjit Koodali, Ph.D., provides graduate students in STEM disciplines opportunities to pursue interdisciplinary research at the interface of neuroscience, nanotechnology and bioinformatics.

“Between the internship opportunity, professional development workshops and travel awards offered by the USD-N3 program, this mechanism provides an outstanding training environment for my doctorate work,” said Freel. “The coursework not only establishes a strong foundation of knowledge in the basics of neurobiology and nanotechnology, but also allows for individualized learning opportunities tailored to my interests.”

USD-N3 is currently in search of its fourth cohort. Support is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. There are different processes whether one applies through the Basic Biomedical Science graduate program or the Department of Chemistry graduate program. For more information, contact

USD-N3 is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship program.

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