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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published September 05 2010

Higher Education Notebook: NDSU senior receives prestigious scholarship

A North Dakota State University senior is the recipient of a prestigious Astronaut Scholarship Foundation award.

Cody Gette received a $10,000 scholarship, one of 20 presented by the foundation.

Gette, a physics and math double major, is an under-graduate research assistant at NDSU’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering. He conducts silicon solar cell research and works with high-power lasers.

Orvin Swenson, NDSU associate professor of physics and Gette’s adviser, nominated Gette for the award.

Gette does research that is on par with graduate-level work and his mechanical skills are innovative, Swenson said.

After graduating from NDSU, Gette plans to attend graduate school for astrophysics.

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation aims to promote the United States’ leadership in science and technology by supporting promising students in science and engineering.

Best colleges

The Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College ranks No. 37 in Washington Monthly’s list of the nation’s top 50 community colleges.

The rankings are based on data provided by the Community College Survey of Student Engagement and graduation data from the U.S. Department of Education.

Six campuses in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system made the list, with St. Paul College ranking No. 1.

NDSU receives grant

North Dakota State University has received a $10.7 million federal grant to enhance its cutting-edge brain research.

The grant from a component of the National Institutes of Health will support research in NDSU’s Center for Visual and Cognitive Neuroscience.

The research involves how the brain processes visual information, how factors such as attention, individual differences and emotion affect visual perception and cognition, and how memory and attention work.

Telly award

The North Dakota State College of Science based in Wahpeton has won a bronze Telly Award for its television commercial, “The Science of Success.” The Telly Awards honor the best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs.

The ad features NDSCS faculty and students talking about the college in their own words.

It can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/ndscswildcats.

U Mary to set record

The University of Mary expects to set an enrollment record this year.

The college’s first-day enrollment was 2,940, and officials expect it will surpass 3,000 students for the first time in the school’s 51-year history.

The college is based in Bismarck and has 18 adult education centers in six states. Classes start for the adult education centers this month.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590