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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.

News in Brief

  • Three Minute Thesis Competition

    The Graduate School hosts the annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. Learn more about the competition and how to sign up.

  • USD-N3 National Science Foundation Research Trainees
    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.
  • Graduate Student Travel Award Winners

    Congratulations to: Clarissa Staton, biology, who is attending the Society for Neuroscience Conference; Casey Finnicum, basic biomedical sciences, who is attending the American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting; and Pasan Fernando, biology, who is attending the IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine.