Society news and notes

Minot State to host math conference

Minot State University is hosting the first North Dakota Undergraduate Mathematics Conference Sept. 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Model Hall. The conference is a one-day meeting designed to provide an opportunity for undergraduate and high school students to present their mathematical research or projects in a professional setting. Students are strongly encouraged to present in the areas of mathematics and mathematics education. Students who are not presenting are strongly encouraged to attend and learn more about mathematics and potential mathematics careers.

The conference will feature two keynote presentations, a panel discussion about careers in mathematics and undergraduate student presentations.

“We are so pleased that we received funding to host the North Dakota Undergraduate Mathematics Conference on MSU’s campus,” said Narayan Thapa, conference director, in a press release. “We are one of approximately 30 sites in the nation to be chosen this year; it is such an honor.”

The conference is free for all participants, but pre-registration is required by Sept. 14. Lunch and other light snacks will be provided throughout the conference.

To register or for more information, visit ( or contact Thapa at or 858-3087.

Cultural Heritage fund grants available through State Historical Society of North Dakota.

NDDES requests participation in survey

BISMARCK The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services is conducting a public opinion survey to determine how North Dakota citizens rate hazards and hazard mitigation strategies.

The survey, available at (, identifies a broad range of hazards including fires, floods, space weather, severe summer weather and severe winter weather. Survey results will provide NDDES information that will be used to update the State of North Dakota’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Jastrzembski interns in Heitkamp office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Anna Jastrzembski of Minot is interning in Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s Minot office. She is a senior pursuing a degree in comparative literature and theater arts at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.

Heitkamp, D-N.D., has eight students interning this summer in her Bismarck, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot and Washington, D.C., offices.

Jessica Roscoe of New Rockford is one of three students working in Washington. She will be a senior at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., where she is studying communication and global studies. He recently studied abroad in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Heitkamp’s office offers students internships during the summer, fall and spring. To apply, visit


State historical grants made available

BISMARCK – In 2013, the North Dakota Legislature authorized $504,500 to the State Historical Society of North Dakota for the Cultural Heritage Grant Program, which is administered by the historical society and provides grant funding for local museums and historical societies.

The grants provide funding for exhibits, a special project or event, education activities, collections and capital improvements. The historical society is obligating up to $200,000 for the 2013 grant round. Interested eligible organizations with a project they wish to be considered for an award should thoroughly read the guidelines and submit an application to SHSND. The completed application must be accepted (not postmarked) by SHSND by 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16.

Also available through the Cultural Heritage Fund program are Heritage Training Scholarships, North Dakota Museum Assessment Program and the Archival Supply Purchase grants.

Heritage Training Scholarships are available for local and county historical society staff members to participate in training opportunities. Each individual can apply for any number of scholarships throughout the biennium. The total amount awarded cannot exceed $2,000 per individual. Funds for the scholarship program will be awarded until the fund is exhausted.

Archival Supply Purchase Grants are available for local and county historical societies, museums and archives to purchase archival supplies such as storage boxes, photo sleeves and environmental monitors. Qualifying organizations can apply for any number of Archival Supply Purchase grants throughout the biennium, with the total amount awarded not to exceed $1,500 per organization. Grants will be awarded throughout the biennium until the fund is exhausted.

Application for any of the Cultural Heritage Grant programs are available on the SHSND’s website at ( or can be requested by contacting Grants and Contracts Officer Amy Munson at 328-3573.