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CFANS Student News - January 13, 2012



January 13, 2012

Week  1

Inside this Issue:

Apply for spring 2012 graduation by January 31
Find new opportunities to study abroad
Apply for CFANS scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year and Cloquet Summer Session

....and much more!

CFANS-Undergrad-StudentNews-Bill-photoIf you have information that CFANS students need to know, this is the place to put it. The Student News goes out every week during the academic year, and portions are posted on the My U student web portal. Send me your items and we'll get the word out!

Editor: Bill Ganzlin, Director, CFANS Student Services

Important Dates

January 16 - University of Minnesota closed

January 17 - $50 late fee charged for initial registration during the first 14 days of spring semester

January 17 - Spring full semester & first 7-week session classes begin

January 24 - 100% refund deadline if canceling spring full semester classes

January 24 - Deadline to add spring full semester classes without instructor approval

CFANS Student Board News

There are no new announcements this week.


Nominate yourself or another student for the 2012 President's Student Leadership and Service Award!

These awards honor the accomplishments of outstanding students and their invaluable leadership and service contributions to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and the community.  This prestigious award is presented annually to one-half of one percent of all University students.

Undergraduate recipients of the President's Student Leadership and Service Award may also be considered for the Donald R. Zander Award for Outstanding Student Leadership (a $1,000 scholarship given to two recipients) and the University of Minnesota Alumni Association Student Leadership Award (a $500 scholarship given to eight recipients). Graduate and professional student recipients of the President's Student Leadership and Service Award may also be considered for the Mary A. McEvoy Award for Public Engagement and Leadership (a $1,000 scholarship given to one graduate student and one professional student).

The deadline for submitting nomination forms is Friday, January 27, 2012.

For more information and online nomination forms, please visit the Student Unions and Activities website at or call Student Activities at 612-626-6919.

Part-time Jobs and Work-Study Opportunities for CFANS Undergraduate Students - Spring Semester 2012

Are you looking for a part-time job or work-study position?  Consider applying for one of the many opportunities available in departments, labs, and offices in CFANS and the St. Paul campus. Please click the following link to find a list of position descriptions and contact people for CFANS student employment/work-study positions for spring semester 2012. Please contact the faculty and staff contacts directly to apply or to discuss the positions further.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

Please consider applying for an undergraduate research grant this fall through the UROP - Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. The UROP application deadline is Monday, February 27th, 2012. 

Click the following link to find a list of UROP project ideas submitted by faculty members. This list of prospective research projects is an excellent resource for those students who haven’t already identified a project idea or aren't sure about the possibilities. I encourage you to contact a faculty member(s) on the list and discuss the possibility of developing a UROP proposal.

Click the following link to identify potential faculty sponsors is the list of CFANS faculty members who have served as research sponsors to past UROP students. You can find this and other related information on the CFANS undergraduate research site.

UROP applications must be submitted electronically through the following website:

UROP projects funded in the spring round will begin in May, Summer or fall, 2012.

Questions? Contact Bill Ganzlin, CFANS UROP Coordinator, or 612-624-3047. 

Graduating Seniors: Remember to Apply for Spring Graduation by 1/31

The deadline to apply for spring 2012 graduation is Tuesday, January 31st.  If you will finish your final course(s) this semester complete the online application for undergraduate degree.  You MUST apply by the deadline or you will not be able to graduate until the following term.  Graduation clearance is based on your APAS report so be sure to verify that it looks correct to you.  If you need to submit petitions for course substitutions apply to graduate and then consult with your advisor.  If you are planning to complete a Minor but it is not yet on your record be sure to apply by the deadline.  The minor can be added after the deadline.

Not sure if you applied for degree??  Sign into the degree application link to verify your status.


Student & Professional Networking Event

When: Thursday, Feb. 9, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Where: President’s Room at Coffman Union
Did you know agriculture is the second largest industry in Minnesota and 80% of agriculture jobs are off the farm?The National Agri-Marketing Association ( invites all U of M students to join communication professionals for a networking

and informational event on Thursday, Feb. 9, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the President’s Room at Coffman Union.

U of M Job & Internship Fair

When: Thursday, February 23, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center
Don’t miss the biggest student career fair in Minnesota! More than 200 organizations will be there recruiting for hundreds of jobs and internships. Visit the Web site to learn more, register, and get preparation tips. The Fair is open to all U of M undergraduates, graduate students, and recent alumni. Free transportation will be provided from campus.

 Cost: $10, if you pre-register online by February 20, or $25 at the door on the day of the fair. Find more information here:

International Opportunities

Chinese Medicinal Herbs: From Farms to Pharmacies

Program Dates: May Term
Location: Beijing & An Guo, China
Open to: U of M Students, Non U of M Students
Open to:  Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Housing:  Hotel
Language Prerequisite:  No Language Prerequisite
Credit Type:  Resident Credit
Program sponsor: Learning Abroad Center

Travel to Beijing and surrounding areas to learn about Chinese medicinal herbs and their role in promoting health and well-being. Find more information here:

Switzerland: Mountain Agriculture

Program Dates: May 13 – May 27, 2012
Information Session: Thursday, February 2nd, 4pm, Coffey Hall room 120
Based at the Agricultural College of Plantahof in Chur, this course explores several different types of farming operations in Switzerland. The agriculture systems that will be visited include animal, orchards, vineyards and vegetable production both in valleys and in the mountains.  Visit the IPFANS website to find more information.

Norway: The Natural History of Norway

Program Dates: May 14 - 31, 2012
Application Deadline: February 15, 2012

CFANS has developed an exchange program with Nord Trondelag University College in central Norway in a region known as "Nord Trondelag" ("North Trondelag" translated into English). Students will learn about the physical geography, the ecology and management of natural resources, and gain an understanding of the flora and fauna of the Nord Trondelag region of central Norway. In addition, students will also learn about this region's rich culture and history and its close ties to Minnesota. Please see the following link for more information about the course including the program description, photos, syllabus, instructors, fees and scholarships, food and housing, application procedures, etc.

This course designator/number is CFAN 3513, is 3 credits, and fulfills the Global Perspectives theme - U of MN Liberal Education requirement.  In addition, this course has been accepted in the past in a number of CFANS majors to fulfill major requirements.

To apply, go to:

Please call Bill Ganzlin, CFAN 3513 Instructor, at 612-624-3047 or email him at if are interested in learning more about the course.

Bahamas: Tropical Marine Biology and Shark Ecology

Program Dates: August 12 - 20, 2012
Application Deadline: February 15, 2012

Every year Dr. Sorensen takes a group of 16 students to the Bahamas to study marine biology and sharks at the world renowned Sharklab.  The course is extremely hands on students get to collect, swim with and handle marine organisms ranging from sea stars to tiger sharks.  More details on the course can be found at:

To apply, go to:

Please contact Peter Sorensen at 612-624-4997 or if you have questions.

Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

CFANS Student Scholarship Application for Academic Year 2012-13 and Cloquet Summer Session Awards

Deadline: March 1, 2012, 4pm

The CFANS scholarship application and instructions for students is now available here. All eligible CFANS students are encouraged to apply.  Typical awards range from $1000-5000 for one academic year.  Applicants will be notified of award decisions by the beginning of May.

AgStar Now Accepting Scholars Program Applications

Deadline: January 16, 2012
The AgStar Fund for Rural America, a corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is now accepting applications for its Scholars Program, which will award ten $2,000 scholarships to students from the University of Minnesota.  Recipients of the scholarship will participate in a daylong seminar hosted by AgStar, which employees of AgStar, including Paul DeBriyn, President and CEO, will provide an overview of agricultural financing in general and AgStar in particular. Scholars will also be given the opportunity to listen to several guest lecturers focusing on specific areas within agricultural financing.  To apply for the Scholars program, students can visit our website at and complete the application.

Katherine E. Sullivan Scholarship for Study Abroad, 2012-13

Deadline: February 3, 2012
This scholarship is intended to support credit-bearing and usually classroom-based study abroad that immerses the student in the host university, research institute, or other institution, as well as in the host culture. Proposals should be for full-time study for a full academic year or equivalent. Applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduates at any University of Minnesota campus; must have senior status (at least 90 credits completed) by the end of Fall semester 2011 with at least 30 credits in residence at a University of Minnesota campus; must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; and should have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Applicants must be available for an in-person interview on the Twin Cities campus on March 2, 2012. Application materials and instructions are available here:

A. I. Johnson Scholarship

Deadline: March 9, 2012
Selected students must commit to completing 400 hours in an off-campus public service internship in the fall and/or spring semesters of the 2012-2013 school year. The scholarship recipients must show a demonstrated interest in public service.  Applicants must show evidence of a strong interest in public affairs, with an intention to pursue a career or other activities in public affairs, including any kind of community volunteer activity, organizing to affect public policy, service on government advisory committees, and service in elective offices. Recipients of this scholarship are asked to write thank you notes to the Johnson family prior to receiving their scholarship payments.  Click the following link to find more information.

Wildlife Leadership Award

Deadline: March 1, 2012
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundations sponsors multiple $2000 awards for full-time college juniors and seniors who have at least one semester remaining in the following academic year, who are majoring in a wildlife related natural resource program.  An application and two letters of recommendation are required.  Apply at the RMEF scholarship page.

USDA Internships and Scholarships

Deadline: March 1, 2012
The United States Department of Agriculture sponsors several scholarship programs in multiple disciplines, including but not limited to plant pathology, ecology, entomology, veterinary health, and public service.  Find details at the USDA internships and scholarships page.

Pinchot Institute for Conservation Scholarships

Deadline: January 31, 2012
Each year the Pinchot Institute awards the 101 Conservation Scholarship to students enrolled in natural resource management programs. Recipients must have a parent working or retired from the U.S. Forest Service, and be pursuing a college degree in natural resource management (undergraduate or graduate). For more information, visit the Pinchot Institute for Conservation website.

State and National Garden Clubs Scholarships

Deadline: March 1, 2012
Forestry, horticulture, landscape design or related fields. The $1000 state and $3500 national scholarships have different eligibility and criteria  - please see each application for details.
1. Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota (linked here)
2. National Garden Clubs: go to

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