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UND students take top honors at conference

Two UND undergraduate researchers recently took home first-place honors for a geography-based study on food accessibility in rural North Dakota.

Phoebe Eichhorst and Zachary Seeger received the top prize in the undergraduate student category for their research poster at the annual meeting of the Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Division of the American Association of Geographers. Their research project was titled "Identifying Food Deserts in Rural North Dakota: A GIS-Based Analysis of Food Accessibility."

The conference took place Oct. 5 and 6 at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

Eichhorst, who is majoring in geography, interdisciplinary studies and honors, and Seeger, a geography major, are collaborating with UND Associate Professor of Geography Enru Wang on their research project.

The research is funded in part by a grant from the UND College of Arts and Sciences.

NCTC to host State of the College event

Northland Community and Technical College will host its 2018 State of the College luncheon Thursday, where President Dennis Bona will deliver his address, "Celebrating Success, Expanding Our Footprint."

Bona's presentation will focus on NCTC's success, the college said in a press release. Bona will talk about increasing enrollment and recent national and regional recognition for educational value and excellence. In addition, Bona will speak about NCTC's economic impact within the communities and region it serves.

"With an impact of over $133 million annually, NCTC is significantly contributing to the economic development in the region," the college said in a press release.

The luncheon is co-hosted by The Chamber of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.

Members of the public also can watch a livestream of the address at

UND medical school awards scholarships

Atrayee Bhattacharya and Zachary Hoggarth, graduate students pursuing degrees in biomedical sciences and clinical and translational science, respectively, have been given "Faculty for Students" scholarships from the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Bhattacharya, a fifth-year doctoral student, and Hoggarth, a third-year graduate student, are each doing research related to cancer.

Bhattacharya also is one of seven biomedical sciences students to be awarded the Richard M. Marwin Scholarship Endowment, which was established by Marwin and his wife, Janet, in 2015 for the purpose of providing scholarship support to biomedical sciences students.

Richard M. Marwin Scholarship winners include:

• Sarmad Al-Marsoumm, Baghdad, Iraq.

• Atrayee Bhattacharya, Kolkata, India.

• Brett McGregor, Grand Forks.

• Kyle O'Donnell, Glencoe, Minn.

• Meghan Rodriguez, Turlock, Calif.

• Michael Tomlinson, Rolla, N.D.

• Menglan Xian, Changsha, China.

UMC recognizes alumni during Homecoming

CROOKSTON—The University of Minnesota-Crookston recently recognized some of their "outstanding alumni" during the school's annual homecoming celebration.

One of the highlights of Homecoming weekend, which was held Sept. 28-30, was the annual Alumni Awards Celebration.

This year's Outstanding Alumni Award recipients included: Nancy Capistran, Wayne Freimund and Peggy Lee Hilton.

Two individuals also were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame, including Ken Bond and Chancellor Emeritus Charles H. Casey.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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