Hoeven Announces Over $800,000 in Funds for Science Research, Education at NDSU, CCCC

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded two grants totaling $836,646 to North Dakota State University (NDSU) and Candeska Cikana Community College (CCCC).

• NDSU Computer Science Department – $345,551 – These funds are awarded through NSF’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and will support research in information integration and the science of storing and transferring information to improve the use and analysis of complex data, which has been gathered at an unprecedented level in recent years. EPSCoR provides research and development support for colleges and universities in states that historically receive limited NSF research and development funding, increasing the geographic distribution of such funding.

• Candeska Cikana Community College – $491,095 – These funds come from NSF’s Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP), which supports improvements in the scientific, mathematical, engineering and technological (STEM) education infrastructure in tribally-controlled colleges and universities through competitively-awarded grants. The funds will support CCCC’s Targeted STEM Infusion Project, which will establish the first associate of science degree in forensic science at a tribal college and encourage greater interest in STEM studies in general.

“We need to make the right kind of investments in our students and our workforce to ensure America can continue to compete in our global, digitally-connected economy,” said Hoeven. “Our colleges and universities in North Dakota continue to make these investments, giving our students the skills they need in the workplace of the future, while also conducting world-class research that keeps our state on the cutting-edge of technology. These grants will help further the important work our schools are doing.”

As a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Hoeven is working to secure funds for programs that support STEM education and research, such as EPSCoR and TCUP.