Brandy J. DeCoteau is a senior from Sisseton, S.D., with a double major in political science and history. Stepping on to the Northern campus in fall 2014, she quickly established herself as one of the College of Arts and Sciences' top students.
Growing up in a small, rural community in South Dakota, Dr. Rochelle Nolte had big dreams. She also had an unparalleled sense of compassion and drive, and the desire to make a difference, which is what attracted her to Northern State University.
Today, Nolte is at the pinnacle of a highly successful career as a board certified physician. She attributes that life transformation to NSU and the top-notch professors who wouldn’t settle for anything less than her full potential.
Surveys of students and alumni, as well as academic research, clearly demonstrate that opportunities to engage in research, often in collaboration with faculty, are among the most impactful and meaningful parts of the college experience. Whether in the form of term papers, senior theses, independent studies or internships, research experiences challenge students to conceive, implement and report on topics that matter to them and their communities. These experiences are also invaluable in preparing students for the demands of the workforce or graduate school.