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Visiting Scientist Series

Our Approach

The Visiting Scientist Series (VSS) was established to inspire and educate young people and the public about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). VSS showcases scientists working in a variety of fields, with the intent to reach a diverse audience and to inspire local students to consider careers in science. Events provide resources for educators, educate members of technical organizations, and inform the community on science and technical issues.

Upcoming Presentations

If you have ideas about an upcoming series you’d like to see offered to the community or are a professional in the industry and would like to partner with us in this program, let us know by emailing

Visiting Scientist Series Partners

The Visiting Scientist Series is a partnership of Bismarck State College, Bismarck Public Schools, North Dakota’s Gateway to Science, ND Society of Professional Engineers, Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, State Historical Society of North Dakota, University of Mary, and United Tribes Technical College.

Sign Up for Reminders

Do you want to stay up to date on our calendar of events and catch the next opportunity? Receive reminders of upcoming presentations by filling out the “Subscribe to E-News” form at the bottom of this page.

Past Presenters

Our past events cover a broad range of topics and include a wealth of information from professionals in the industry.

PresenterTitleYear Presentation Title
John Paul (JP) MartinUS National Weather Service Bismarck ND2024SKYWARN: Severe Weather & Safety Training
Dr. Magan LewisBayer Crop Science2024Coffee Chat with Dr. Magan Lewis
Becky SimmonsUniversity of North Dakota2024Buzzing Love: Unveiling the Mysterious World of Insect Sex
Clint BoydNorth Dakota Geological Survey 2024Insight into the Evolution & Lifestyle of
Early Bears Based on a New Species
from ND
Tim Reed & Andrew ClarkState Historical Society of North Dakota 2023An Eye in the Sky for Preservation - Drones in Archeology
Edward GonzalesGoddard Space Flight Center2022My Path to NASA
Dr. Jack Bacon, PhD, PESafety Lead, NASA Orbital Debris Program Office 2021Engineering Better Worlds
James A. Peliska, Ph.D.
Catherine Brissette, Ph.D.
Joshua Wynn, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H
2020Covid-19 Pandemic Discussion Panel
Sam Van Aken2020The Tree of 40 Fruit and The Open Orchard
Dr. Gurijot DhaliwalResearch Faculty in the Intertribal
Research and Resource Center at UTTC
2020Developing Spray Foam Insulation from Soybean Oil
Becky BarnesPaleontologist,
ND State Historical Society
2019Paleontological Digs Across North Dakota