UND To Host EPSCoR/IDeA State Conference April 29 At The Alerus Center

The University of North Dakota will be hosting the N.D. Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research/Institutional Development Award (EPSCoR/IDeA) State Conference on April 29 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D.

This year’s conference is titled, “Innovations & Expressions.” This year, all undergraduate and graduate students are able to present poster or oral presentations (oral presentation may be limited by time and venue constraints). There will be opportunities for students and faculty to interact from all disciplines. Events will run from 7:30 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.

If planning to attend, participants should register on the N.D. EPSCoR website www.ndepscor.nodak@edu prior to April 22.

The conference will feature keynote speaker, Stan Atcitty, Ph.D. He will present a talk, titled “From the Rez to World-Class Research,” to inspire students and demonstrate how everyone faces challenges in their education and careers.

Schedule as follows:

7:30-8:15 a.m. Registration, Poster Set-up, Continental Breakfast

8:15-11:45 a.m. Student Poster Presentations (Even-numbered posters); Student Oral Presentations

10:30-11:45 a.m. Student Poster Presentations (Odd-numbered posters & SUNRISE Group); Student Oral Presentations

11:45 a.m. Lunch

12:15-1:30 p.m. Dr. Stan Atcitty, Keynote Speaker

1:30-2:20 p.m. Topical Focus Group Discussion I

Regional Climate Studies
Sustainable Materials Science
Sustainable Energy

2:20-3:10 p.m. Dr. Sian Mooney, NSF Program Officer

3:10-3:30 p.m. Break

3:30-4:20 p.m. Topical Focus Group Discussion II

Communicating Science
Interdisciplinary Work
K-12 Outreach
Tribal Colleges & Universities

About the Speaker:

Atcitty received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University and his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech University. He is presently a principal member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories in the Wind Energy Technologies Department.

Atcitty has worked at Sandia for more than 19 years. His interests in research include power conversion systems and electrochemical capacitors and their applications in electric power systems that are both off-grid and grid-tied. He currently works with DOE’s Energy Storage Program at Sandia National Laboratories as a power electronics researcher and energy storage consultant. Atcitty is the recipient of four R&D 100 Awards.

About EPSCoR/IDeA:

EPSCoR/IDeA expands and improves the research capability of scientists and institutions in states that had been neglected. It allows them to compete more fairly for federal academic research and development money, to build their technical workforces, to foster innovation, and to contribute to their state’s and the nation’s economy. In each of the agencies, merit-based review strategies decide how to allot EPSCoR/IDeA funding.

Along with stimulating competitive research and promoting excellence in education, EPSCoR/IDeA improves access to that high-quality education and cutting-edge research, expands economic opportunity, creates jobs, and improves the quality of life across the nation.

In each EPSCoR/IDeA jurisdiction, a statewide committee guides the program. Senior university officials, representatives from state legislatures and governor’s offices, and representatives from the private sector usually make up these state committees.

The committees lead new policies and infrastructure development, generate high levels of collaboration, keep EPSCoR/IDeA responsive to state and regional needs, and cultivate broad-based support for science and technology within the jurisdictions.


Mark R. Hoffmann, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Research Capacity Building
ND EPSCoR Co-Project Director
Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor

David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator
Public Relations Group
Division of University and Public Affairs
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144
701.777.5529 | 701.777.4616 fax