Bemidji State’s RN-BS Nursing Program Ranks High Nationally

Check out Bemidji State’s RN-BS Nursing program here.

AffordableCollegesOnline (AOC) recently ranked BSU’s RN-BS Nursing program very high in the top 50 RN-BS programs in the country – ahead of any other Minnesota, North Dakota, or Wisconsin school.

Our RN-BS program is designed for working RNs as well as for students who just completed their RN training and are ready to continue on to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program requirements can be completed in as little as a calendar year, or students can work, raise families, or just attend at a slower pace by taking a course or two each semester. This structure allows the most opportunities to advance as possible.

To learn more about the ranking process, please follow this link to AOC

https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/nursing-programs/rn-to-bsn/#4-year-best-college-ranking

DLiTE Program Recognized as One of the Best

Bemidji State University’s DLiTE Program Recognized for Online Learning Excellence

Check out BSU’s DLiTE program here.

AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO) has recognized Bemidji State University for offering one of the best online elementary education programs in the country.

“In our seventh annual survey of online learning programs across the nation, we wanted to honor the colleges and universities that are providing innovative ways for students to complete a degree,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “These schools are going above and beyond the industry standard to help make online education programs more accessible and affordable.”

Only accredited, public, not-for-profit institutions with at least one online program were eligible for these rankings. The primary data points used to identify the best online colleges and programs for 2018 include the following:

  • Acceptance rates
  • Cost of tuition
  • Number of full time students
  • Graduation rates

An in-depth look at Bemidji State University’s top ranking and its detailed methodology can be seen here:

Best Online Elementary Education Programs

https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/education-and-teaching-programs/elementary-education/#4-year-best-college-ranking

Biology Students Present Biomedical Research

Congratulations to Afeez Sodeinde, Alan Alcantar, and Marcus Kelly of BSU and NHCC’s Biology Baccalaureate Partnership, who recently traveled to Phoenix, Arizona to present their research work at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, organized by the National Institutes of Health and the American Society for Microbiology.

The Best Option for Me

BSU’s Extended Learning options provided Carolyn with the flexibility she needed to complete her BS degree in Business Administration, through a combination of in-person and online classes in our Metro Area Business Administration (MABA) program.

“I chose the BSU extended learning program because it was the best option for me. I finished my associates at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and was stuck between transferring to an expensive 4-year college near me or to an affordable college far away but I would have to pay for room and board. [The BSU] program was perfect, because I was still able to get my business degree without needing to spend a lot.”

Carolyn was a scholarship award winner in 2016, and has gone on to complete her degree on her timeline. Utilizing the award, she said she “had a clearer mindset and [could] focus on my classes rather than working extra hours to pay for school.” Congratulations on your degree, Carolyn!

For more information on the Metro Area Business Administration program, with classes on the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids campus, click here.

BSU Biology Student Summer Research

Mentored summer laboratory research is a key formative experience for many scientists, cementing their laboratory skills, establishing professional and scholarly networks, and building the scientific habits of mind necessary for successful research.  But summer research positions are scarce, and funding is difficult to obtain.

This is why we’re so excited that three BBP students were selected to spend the summer in competitive fully-funded research positions at some of the top research universities in the country.

  • Marcus Kelly will be at the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center studying the role of cell adhesion and migration in brain cancer in the Biomedical Engineering lab of Professor David Odde
  • Afeez Sodeinde will be in Boston at the Broad Institute, Harvard and MIT’s collaborative genome center
  • Alan Montes Alcantar will be at the McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University in St. Louis, one of the main hubs of the Human Genome Project.

In addition to world-class research training, each of these programs includes training in science communication and professional skills.  We are so proud of these three young scientists and can’t wait to learn from them when they return in the fall.

A Career in Cancer Research

Marcus Kelly, a BSU Biology Baccalaureate Partnership student, has been chosen for an MCC CURE Cancer Internship, an amazing multi-year long opportunity focused on training students for a career in cancer research.

Marcus is one of just five undergraduate students chosen to participate in this program for at least two years and beyond.  He’ll participate in hands-on training in cancer research, educational seminars, and career and professional skills development at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center.  He’ll be participating in these activities throughout the year, while continuing to take NHCC and BSU courses, as he progresses toward his B.S. Biology degree.

We’re really proud of Marcus and excited about his future!

BBP Students Present Research Posters

Students in BSU’s off-campus Biology transfer partnership with North Hennepin Community College (NHCC) collaborated on an end-of-semester poster session on December 7,  presenting their laboratory and classroom research to students, faculty, staff, and administration. Twenty posters covering basic and advanced topics in genetics were created by students in BSU’s BIOL 3930 (Scientific Communication) and BIOL 4930 (Chromatin and Gene Expression), and from NHCC’s BIOL 2360 (Genetics) courses.

The BSU courses are taught on NHCC’s campus near Minneapolis by Assistant Professor of Biology Andy Arsham as part of the Biology Baccalaureate Partnership (BBP), a collaboration between BSU’s Department of Biology and Center for Extended Learning, and NHCC’s Biology Department and University Center partnership office.  BBP students typically co-enroll in core science and liberal education courses from NHCC, including the Genetics class taught by NHCC faculty Dr. Tamara Mans, and upper division Biology courses from BSU.

“I really appreciated the enthusiasm the students showed as they explained their posters.  Their knowledge was impressive and they explained it well,” said Diane Morris, BSU’s longtime lab supervisor, who drove down for the event.  Landon Pirius, NHCC’s VP for Academic and Student Affairs said “it was a wonderful event and display of research.  I really enjoyed talking to the students and hearing them explain their study,” and explained that “some of them started off hesitantly, but really opened up as they got further along in their presentation.”

Professors Arsham and Mans, along with collaborating NHCC professors Craig Longtine and Paul Melchior, plan to have students participate in similar collaborator research presentations every semester as a way to promote student work and enhance the bi-institutional collaboration. For more information on the BBP program, please follow this link.