December 15, 2016: CFANS Student News

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The biweekly CFANS Student News features events, college updates, scholarship information and timely announcements for CFANS undergraduates.

NOTE: This will be the last newsletter for fall semester 2016; publication will resume January 19, 2017. See you in the New Year!

Upcoming Events

Finals De-Stress with CFANS Student Board
Friday, December 16 | 3-5 p.m.
St. Paul Student Center, Harvest Room
Take a break from finals prep to decompress. Join the CFANS Undergraduate Student Board for free hot chocolate, healthy snacks, and stress-busting activities!

College News & Announcements

No Drop-in Advising Hours Over Winter Break
Due to reduced student traffic during winter break, the CFANS Advising Center (130 Coffey Hall) will not be offering drop-in hours, but students are welcome to stop by the One Stop/Advising Center and they will be assisted. Regular Drop-in advising hours will be reinstated on January 17, 2017: Monday - Friday; 10:30 a.m. - Noon and 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Apply for a CFANS Scholarship!
Apply by: March 1
The application form for CFANS scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year is now open. All CFANS majors can apply for a CFANS scholarship and many departments also use the same form, so you can fill out one application and be considered for both college and department awards. Up to 200 awards are given each year in amounts ranging from $500 - $5000! See eligibility guidelines and application.

Study Abroad Programs with CFANS - Spring Break, May & Summer Term 2017

Over winter break consider if studying abroad this Spring Break or summer is right for you. Application deadlines begin January 7 for Spring Break and February 1 for May/ summer. Review the CFANS opportunities below for more details:

Panama: Volunteering and Leadership: March 11-19, 2017
The Natural History of Norway: May 15 – June 2, 2017
Food Education and Production in Germany: May 15 – June 5, 2017
Tropical Wildlife Conservation and Climate Change in Malaysia: May 17 – June 10, 2017
Wildlife Medicine and Conservation in Belize: May 20 – June 11, 2017
Sustainable Food Systems in France: June 1 – July 1, 2017
Tropical Marine Biology and Shark Ecology in the Bahamas: August 4 – 11, 2017

Contact the Office of International Programs at: or 612-624-3221 with questions.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

College Scholarships & Grants:

CFANS Study Abroad Grants
Apply by: February 22
Planning to study abroad May or Summer Term 2017? Apply for CFANS Study Abroad Grants for extra financial support for your international experience. One simple application form allows you to be considered for three study abroad grants from CFANS. The U of M Learning Abroad Center also offers study abroad scholarships with a similar application and the same deadline. Apply for both! 

CFANS Academic Year Scholarships
Apply by: March 1
All CFANS majors can apply for college and department (if applicable) scholarships for academic year 2017-18 using a single application. See eligibility guidelines and application for details.

External Scholarships Related to CFANS Majors:

Annie's Homegrown Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship Program
Apply by: January 5
For students focused on sustainable agriculture. 15 students will each be eligible to receive $10,000 awards. See details.

Intertribal Timber Council - Truman D. Picard Scholarship
Apply by: January 18
For American Indian and Alaska Native students in science and natural resources disciplines. Scholarship amounts range from $1,000 - $5,000. Learn more.

Upper Midwest Dairy Industry Association Scholarship
Apply by: January 31
The UMDIA Gene Watnaas Scholarship Fund provides three $1,000 scholarships for students pursuing a degree in Animal Science with dairy production emphasis or Dairy Food Science. See details and apply.

See the details and application links for these and other scholarships on our external scholarships page.

Key Academic Calendar Dates

– Dec 16–22: final exams
– Dec 23 and 26; Jan 2 and 16: U of M closed
– Jan 17: spring semester classes begin

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