TCUs in N.D. Will Get Biomedical Instructors

Nov 15th, 2005 | By | Category: 17-2: Sustainability, Tribal College News

North Dakota’s tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) will benefit from a $204,000 federal grant to the University of North Dakota. The North Dakota Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program will help five selected University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University advanced graduate students in biology, chemistry, and physics teach for a semester at North Dakota’s five tribal colleges.

The project will provide supplemental career-related opportunities for tribal college students and classroom teaching experience for the graduate students. The goal of the project is for tribal college students to actively engage in laboratory coursework that emphasizes experience — not just textbooks. The National Institute of General Medicine awarded the grant.

The Bridges to the Baccalaureate program is modeled after a pilot program at Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC). TMCC received $880,000 through that program, and another $1.5 million went to the North Dakota Tribal College Association to support tribal college biomedical research.

“It was a win-win project,” says Carol Davis, acting president of TMCC. “[Our] faculty benefited by having teaching assistants from the universities teaching in our classrooms. It reduced the teaching load of our full-time science faculty and extended them the opportunity to develop new courses, teach new courses, and conduct research.”

The new program aims to help tribal colleges turn out more qualified graduates in the science fields. “We worked with the universities to seek this,” Davis said. “We were pleased it was funded.”

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