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HIGHER EDUCATION NOTEBOOK: STEM grads to get loan forgiveness

North Dakota’s newest scientists, engineers and other technical grads can soon get breaks on their student loans.

College graduates employed in STEM-related fields can now qualify for loan forgiveness through the North Dakota University System and the Bank of North Dakota. STEM-related occupations include those in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The program provides loan forgiveness of up to $1,500 per year for up to four years for applicants who have completed an approved STEM-related program of study, maintained a 2.5 GPA, hold a qualifying loan that is not in default and have been employed full-time in a STEM occupation in the state for one year. For more information, go to or call 224-2541.

Other news

  •  UND journalism professor Dr. Richard Shafer recently addressed the George Washington University Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies as a panelist at a conference on the media landscape in Central Asia.
  •  The UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences is hosting Michael Kruer at 4 p.m. April 24 in the Clifford Haugen Room 1360 at the medical school. A scientist, physician and professor for Sanford Health, he will present “Loss of Parkinson disease-associated PARK9 leads to selective failure of autophagy.”
  •  The UND campus community is invited to attend a workshop called “Disney’s Approach to Creativity and Innovation,” which will highlight things like the importance of collaboration and ways to boost morale and productivity. The free workshop will be at 8:30 a.m. on April 23 in the Gorecki Alumni Center. Registration is required at (701) 777-0762.
  •  The University of Minnesota-Crookston Class of 2014 will holds its commencement ceremonies at 2 p.m. May 10 in the Lysaker Gymnasium. A reception will precede the ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Northern Lights Lounge.
  •  A group of Northland Career and Technical College students are competing in the Vex Robotics World Championship this week. They will compete against 62 teams from around the world to built robots that can work together in a series of tasks. The event will be streamed live at beginning April 24.
  •  UND has been dubbed a “green college” by the Princeton Review for the third year in a row. Sustainability efforts at the school include the use of biofuels, a recycling program and energy-efficient light bulbs. The Gorecki Alumni Center also has the highest certification rating possible from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design with solar panels, geothermal flooring and waterless urinals, among other things.
  •  A reception honoring the works of famed French artist Honore Daumier will be held at the Empire Arts Center from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on April 24. Select pieces by Daumier will be on display, though UND possesses more than 180 works in total. He worked with lithography and his satirical art focused on social and political events of his time. The event will feature 19th-century music and themed performances on stage. Free refreshments will be provided. 

More info: Share higher education news at; include “Higher ed notebook” in the subject heading. To see more regional higher education news, visit the websites of UNDUniversity of Minnesota-CrookstonNorthland Community and Technical CollegeMayville State University and Lake Region State College. Herald Staff Writer Dani Meyer contributed to this column.

Anna Burleson

Anna Burleson is the higher education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Mass Communication program and is originally from Watertown, S.D. Contact her with story ideas or tips by phone, email or Twitter, all of which are listed below. Examples of her work can be accessed here.

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