Collegiate Rodeo

The Dickinson State University Rodeo Team has a strong tradition of excellence in the rodeo arena. The DSU Rodeo Teams competes in the Great Plains Region which includes teams from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Iowa.

DSU Rodeo Team members enjoy top notch training facilities, including an indoor arena that allows them to train year round and plenty of practice stock with which to hone their skills. The men's and women's teams have been a perennial power in the Great Plains region for decades and DSU is home to several collegiate national champion individuals.

Cowboys & Candlelight

Cowboys and Candlelight is an annual fundraiser for the Dickinson State University Rodeo Club. Funds raised from the event go to student rodeo scholarships and programming. The event features great food, fun, games and a dance.

FFA District Leadership

FFA District Leadership is an annual event hosted by the Dickinson State University Department of Agriculture and Technical Studies. This event is a, ND FFA event hosted on campus that gives more than 200 students from southwest North Dakota exposure to leadership development skills and the campus of Dickinson State University.

Kids Day on the Farm

Kids Day on the Farm is a community-wide event that attracts more than 1,500 area preschool through 3rd grade students to learn more about agriculture. Attendees are exposed to agriculture in a hands-on way. The event includes farm equipment, animals and crops, a soils tunnel, petting zoo and more. The DSU Ag Club hosts this event.

Opportunities in Agriculture

Hosted by the Department of Agriculture and Technical Studies, the Opportunities in Agriculture event was created to give senior agricultural students a forum in which to present their senior capstone research. It also was created to serve as an agricultural job and graduate school fair and give the students an opportunity to network with local and regional agricultural businesses.

Roughrider Judging

Roughrider Judging is an annual event hosted by the DSU Ag Club. Area FFA and 4-H contestants are invited to Dickinson State University to participate in a livestock judging contest, crops contest and ag sales contest. As this event is held at the beginning of the spring season, it is a great first contest for these students.

Undergraduate Research – Celebration of Scholars

2015 Senior Capstone Papers

Jessalyn Bachler
Title: "The Effectiveness of a Cultured Pinkeye Vaccine Protocol on Angus Cattle in Southwest North Dakota"
Collaborator: Dr. Woodrow W. "Chip" Poland, Jr.

Collin Baumgart
Title: "Hay Preservative Effects on Dairy Quality Hay"
Collaborator: Dr. Woodrow W. "Chip" Poland, Jr. and Mr. Toby Stroh

Bobbi Grann
Title: "Determining an Optimal Harvest Date for a Cool Season Dominated Hay Crop in Central North Dakota"
Collaborator: Dr. Woodrow W. "Chip" Poland, Jr.

Danielle Harper
Title: "Comparison of Hay Wasted by Horses Using Waste-less Hay Feeders vs. Round Bale Feeders"
Collaborator: Dr. Woodrow W. "Chip" Poland, Jr.

Inga Larson
Title: "The Effect of Varied Soil Salinity on Plant Survivability, Height, and Dry Weight of Common and Condition-Specific Alfalfa Varieties"
Collaborator: Dr. Josh Steffan

Victoria Netzer
Title: "Heat Distribution on a Horse's Back in Relation to Saddle Pad Type"
Collaborator: Dr. Woodrow W. "Chip" Poland, Jr.

Ryan Risse
Title: "Comparing Protein Levels of Oat Hay with Single versus Split Fertilizer Application"
Collaborator: Dr. Josh Steffan, Mr. Toby Stroh, and Dr. Woodrow W. "Chip" Poland, Jr.

Ethan Steffan
Title: "The Effect of Crossbreeding Simmental and Angus Cattle on 205 Day Weights in Southwest North Dakota"
Collaborator: Dr. Woodrow W. "Chip" Poland, Jr.

Tyler Thorson
Title: "Breed Effect on Performance Times and Longevity of Steer Wrestling Stock"
Collaborator: Dr. Woodrow W. "Chip" Poland, Jr.

Garrett Traylor
Title: "Using Maximum Entropy Species Distribution Modeling to Predict Habitat Suitability of Elk"
Collaborator: Dr. Paul Barnhart

Tia Vaira
Title: "Comparing Brix Values of No-Till, Raised Bed, and Store Vegetables"
Collaborator: Dr. Woodrow W. "Chip" Poland, Jr.