Daniel Leingang, associate professor of mathematics at Bismarck State College, is recipient of the 2013 Jack Fellowship Award from the Bismarck State College Foundation.
The fellowship, valued at $25,000, helps BSC faculty and staff further their education, conduct research or pursue other professional development.
Leingang plans to use the fellowship to complete a doctorate in educational leadership with a higher education focus from the University of North Dakota (UND). He is nearly two years through the program with a planned graduation in spring 2015.
His current classes take place on the BSC campus through a cooperative program with UND, which runs a number of graduate programs in Bismarck. Each three-credit class meets over three separate weekends with instructors from UND.
"I always wanted to complete my Ph.D. - at the time it was in math," Leingang said. "But that was never an option because of distance and having to leave town. The UND program is perfect for me and a perfect fit for my goals."
A recipient of BSC's Faculty Award for Excellence, Leingang grew up in Mandan and has taught a wide variety of mathematics courses since 2000. He was named chair of the Geomatics, Engineering and Mathematics Department in 2005 and earned national and regional awards as outstanding advisor to BSC's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
"Among my goals is to aspire to leadership roles and continue my options," he said. "I really enjoy the side of campus that is beyond the classroom."
The late Tom and Peg Jack, lead contributors to BSC's Jack Science Center, endowed the Jack Fellowship in 1999. A committee appointed by the BSC Foundation selects the recipients.
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