Reflections

Why Participate?

Making the most of your undergraduate experience at VCSU entails beating through the hard classes, building relationships, celebrating yours and your friends successes, and possibly, participating in what educators call a “High Impact Learning Practice.”  These include conducting research with a faculty mentor, traveling abroad to study for a semester, or partnering with other students on completing a selected sequence of courses. Conducting research as an undergraduate is really a different type of “classroom” experience, its one that is necessarily hands-on, highly interactive with faculty, and more often than not pursuing a solution to one of your own problems or…

SOAR Banquet Spring 2017

SOAR Banquet Spring 2017

Celebrating the scholarly achievements of our Viking Scholars is an annual practice at Valley City State University. Each year invitations are sent to students and their parents to join, many traveling to Valley City for several hours to dote proudly of their children’s work. Photos from our Flickr site of the Spring 2017 event capture the energy of the event:

Kollar Presents Research to VC Rotary Club

Kollar Presents Research to VC Rotary Club

SOAR recipient Max Kollar presented his research work on Creating a Bacterial Mercury Sensor using Synthetic Biology as a guest of the Valley City Rotary club, meeting today near the VCSU campus at the VFW in Valley City, ND. In a 20 minute presentation, Max provided an overview of two projects, the one SOAR funded, the other a continuation of that research, and was open about the work’s challenges, then suggesting these as key to his ability to learn and hone advanced problem solving skills. Max also attributed his interest to pursuing graduate school and  professional work in the area of…

Program Reflections from the Director

Today we celebrate the activities of our students who have engaged full-tilt in hands-on research and artistry prompting  imagination, innovation, challenge, and discovery! There are two key traits of the  undergraduate researcher: critical thinking and communication: There are two key traits of the most employable graduates: critical thinking and communication. Undergraduate Research alongside Artistry is a high impact learning practice that is well proven for its influence on students, but it’s not the only effective learning practice: you’ve heard of study abroad, learning communities, common reading programs, and suggest as a tractable goal for ALL VCSU alumni, that they look…