Compass Staff

Mihaela “Ina” Cernusca, MBA, is the project director for ND Compass and a research specialist within the Center for Social Research located at North Dakota State University (NDSU). In her role as director, she leads the design and operation of the ND Compass project, in addition, she strives to increase awareness and understanding of ND Compass and ensure the project’s sustainability. With extensive experience in market and social research, she has participated in many projects that involved quantitative and qualitative research, grant writing, project management, and outreach/extension activities. Ina earned her MBA from the University of Missouri Columbia and worked as a marketing research specialist with the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri.


North Dakota Compass employs a number of students on an on-going basis, providing paid internships for undergraduate students and research assistant positions for graduate students. The full-time staff provides mentoring to the students and enjoys contributing to their hands-on learning experience, while simultaneously benefiting from their contributions to the project’s efforts. Our current student assistants are Shweta Arpit Srivastava (Doctoral candidate in the department of communication) and Briana Wilhelmi (Master's student in the department of sociology).

Center for Social Research

The Center for Social Research (CSR) is a social research unit at North Dakota State University dedicated to providing high quality data, research, and evaluation services to an array of entities including federal, state, and local governments, foundations and nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions. CSR staff contributing to the ND Compass social indicators website include:

Nancy Hodur, Center for Social Research Director

Mihaela "Ina" Cernusca, Project Director

Additional research support from CSR research analysts Karen Olson and Chelsey Hukriede

Additional student support from Briana Wilhelmi


North Dakota Compass

Center for Social Research
North Dakota State University

Compass created by:
Wilder Research

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