U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced today the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a combined $1,325,104 to North Dakota State University (NDSU) and the Tribal Nations Research Group. These funds are approved through the NSF Division of Engineering Education and Centers Directorate for Engineering.

North Dakota State University Fargo received a total of $540,649 to finance their project entitled "Research Experiences for Teachers: Civil Engineering Instruction for Secondary Education Teachers.” The goals of this Research Experiences for Teachers program are to provide a deeper understanding of civil engineering with tangible hands-on curriculum and develop better abilities among middle and high school teachers in North Dakota to prepare their students to become future leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Tribal Nations Research Group in Belcourt received a total of $784,455 to fund their project entitled "TCUP Research Symposiums.” The Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) provides awards to Tribal Colleges and Universities to promote and increase capacity in high quality STEM education, research, and outreach.