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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.

The Art of Communicating Science

When: February 2, 2021, 9:30 a.m. - Noon

You’re already a subject matter expert, but can you communicate your ideas with influence? In this interactive workshop with Steven D. Cohen, an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, you will explore research-based strategies to make every presentation relevant and impactful. Learn how to connect with your audience, structure your presentation, and build executive presence. Through interactive discussions and exercises, you will develop the skills to communicate effectively and get others to “buy in” to your ideas.

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  • 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.