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USD-N3 Graduate Training Program

Diverse training with unlimited possibilities.

The USD-N3 program provides training in the development of novel nanotechnology-derived tools aimed at both understanding the brain and potentially treating disorders of the brain. Our students receive tuition and stipend support, including an annual stipend of $34,000 for two years during training.

Our unique program emphasizes microtracks - a series of non-science courses that will prepare you for careers in:

  • Biotechnology
  • Scientific writing and editing
  • Government and public policy
  • Education

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Support is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. When applying through the Basic Biomedical Sciences graduate programs, check the USD-N3 box on your application. When applying through the Department of Chemistry graduate program, indicate your interest in the state of purpose section. For the USD-N3-specific application form please send an email request to Any questions regarding the application process can also be directed to the N3 email.

News in Brief

  • Kirby Fuglsby

    Congratulations Kirby Fuglsby, winner of the USD 3MT competition!

    Kirby Fuglsby, N3 Fellow, in the Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. program, receives $350 and moves onto the 2021 MAGS Virtual 3MT Competition  for her 3- Minute Thesis titled, “Development of a Drug Coated Balloon for the Brain”. Kirby was supervised by Dr. Dan Engebretson.

  • USD-N3 third cohort in front of Old Main on the USD campus.
    VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Neuroscience, Nanotechnology & Networks Program (USD-N3) is currently on its third cohort of graduate students who receive training from multiple disciplines, both in classroom and laboratory settings, to develop key interdis...
  • Applications Accepted Now
    The USD-N3 program is now accepting applications for the Trainee Graduate Research Grant. The USD-N3 graduate research grant program allows graduate students to obtain funding to support their research and supplement their research expenses. Apply now. Contact with any questions.