With a rich history of community outreach on campus dating back to 1962, the Northern State University School of Education Reading Clinic is doing amazing things in Aberdeen, giving children in grades 1-12 access to tutoring and learning opportunities to develop and further spelling and literacy skills.
The Reading Clinic is also making great strides for NSU School of Education students, giving elementary and special education majors access to unprecedented hands-on experience and guidance to help further their instruction and teaching skills by helping drive the clinic.
When Annika van Oosbree came across an online fundraising site for a child with pediatric leukemia, it drove home the importance of her summer internship.
“I just started crying,” said van Oosbree, a senior honors student at Northern State University. “These are kids who are actually affected by what I’m doing. … I don’t even have my B.S. yet, and I’m making some small dent in this huge problem for kids.”
Tessa Durnin, a Biology and Environmental Science major with a Certificate in Organismal Biology, was the recipient of two prestigious awards this year. She received an Instars Fellowship from the Society for Freshwater Science that provided support for her to join over 800 freshwater scientists from around the world at the Society’s annual meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Erin Brownlee, Instructor of Mathematics, grew up in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she also completed a B.S. in Elementary Education and a B.A. in Mathematics at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Dr. Brownlee went on to earn a Ph.D. in Mathematics at North Dakota State University. She is currently teaching Intermediate Algebra, Calculus I, and Math Concepts for Teachers. Her research interests include graph algebras (or more broadly, C*-algebras) and elementary and undergraduate mathematics education.
In the College of Arts and Sciences, all programs have embraced the internship experience for majors. Internships are a proven way to gain relevant knowledge, skills, and experience while establishing important connections to one’s chosen field. Carefully structured internships offer a unique experience for students and allow multiple advantages to both the student intern and agencies and programs that host interns.