February 16, 2017: CFANS Student News

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

Upcoming events

University of Minnesota Job and Internship Fair
Friday, February 24 | 10 am - 4 pm
Minneapolis Convention Center
The U of M offers the biggest student career fair in Minnesota! Cost is $10 if pre-registered online by February 17, or $25 at the door. (Need-based fee waivers available upon request.) Disability accommodations available upon request.

Participants will have access to:

  • 300+ organizations recruiting for hundreds of jobs and internships.
  • FREE transportation provided to and from campus.
  • FREE professional headshot photos.
  • FREE box lunch for all pre-registered participants.

Sustainability Film Series: Catching the Sun
Thursday, March 2 | 6:30 pm
Bell Museum Auditorium
Catching the Sun follows the stories of workers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China pursuing opportunities in the burgeoning solar industry. The featured speaker is filmmaker Shalini Kantayya. The Sustainability Film Series is free and held every first Thursday from February - May. Each film is presented with a speaker or panel of experts, and sustainably sourced snacks are served before the showing. Learn more about the series.

Unique opportunities

Join the St. Paul Cross-Cultural Discussion Group!
Apply by: February 17
You can meet other St. Paul students from a variety of nationalities and majors by joining the new St. Paul-based Cross-Cultural Discussion Group. ISSS's Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups bring together small groups of international and domestic students weekly to discuss global topics, share cross-cultural experiences, and explore new ways of thinking in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. The St. Paul group will meet on Mondays or Fridays (depending on student response), 2:30 to 4 pm (in Coffey Hall) starting in mid-February through the first week of May. The group will be co-facilitated by Laura Dupont-Jarrett, Chief of Staff for the Associate Dean of Academic Program's Faculty Affairs (CFANS). Learn more at the ISSS website.

2017 Sustainability and Energy Expo
Friday, April 7 | 10 am - 5 pm
Coffman Union
Submit abstracts by February 24.
Register by March 1.
Are you engaged in sustainability related research or creative work? Submit an abstract to practice your networking and become part of the 2017 Sustainability and Energy Expo! This year's Expo welcomes submissions in the form of posters, lightning talks and creative work (including art/multimedia). Participants will receive free peer reviews, meet local environmental leaders and be eligible for prizes. Learn more.

Care about global hunger issues? Support the Minnesota Youth Institute!
Here's an opportunity to share with family, friends, and your high schools. Get your community involved! The Minnesota Youth Institute (MNYI) is a program that engages high school students in solving local and global hunger issues. The interactive, day-long program brings teens from across the state to the University of Minnesota for an immersive science experience and an opportunity to connect with research and industry leaders. MNYI serves as a gateway to the World Food Prize Symposium and global travel, paid internships while still in high school, and a scholarship to the CFANS. Learn more about MNYI and share this flier with others (.pdf)

College news & announcements

Reminder: some changes in drop-in advising hours this semester
Due to staff and student conferences, morning drop-ins (10:30 am - 12 noon) will not be available on Thursday, March 9. Afternoon drop-ins (2 - 3:30 pm) will be available as usual on this date.

Additionally, as student traffic is greatly reduced during Spring Break, the Advising Center won't be offering drop-in hours March 13-17, but students are still welcome to stop by the One Stop/ Advising Center in 130 Coffey Hall and they will be assisted. Regular drop-in advising hours will resume March 20. See the CFANS Academic Advising site for hours and drop-in advising guidelines.

CFANS student awards -- call for nominations

Undergraduate award - nominate a peer!
Nominations due March 10
The Dean E.M. Freeman Award is presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated an unusual sense of personal responsibility for the welfare of the University of Minnesota and its community. Student organizations may serve as nominators for this award, so student leaders are encouraged to nominate someone from their club or organization. The recipient will receive a medal and a $100 honorarium. See details and nomination instructions.

Graduate award - nominate your favorite grad assistant!
Nominations due March 10
The Graduate Assistant Teaching Award recognizes a Graduate Assistant who demonstrates excellence in teaching undergraduates. The recipient will receive a certificate and $1500 honorarium. See details and nomination instructions.

Spotlight on: study abroad

Scholarships & financial aid
- The next deadline for CFANS and Learning Abroad Center study abroad grants is coming up on Wednesday, February 22, for May/ summer programs. See links for details:

- Attend one of the Learning Abroad Center's info sessions on scholarships & financial aid to learn about options for making study abroad more affordable. The next one will be Friday, March 31, 12 - 1 pm, in 150 Blegen Hall.

- The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Applicants must be Pell Grant-eligible US citizens who are studying abroad for at least 4 weeks. Awards up to $8,000 are available for summer, semester, and year programs. Apply by March 7 (for summer and fall semester programs).

- The Freeman-ASIA Scholarship Program provides scholarships for US citizen and permanent resident undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in east or southeast Asia. Applicants must be studying abroad for at least 8 weeks. Awards up to $7,000 are available for summer, semester, and year programs. Apply by March 1 (for summer) or April 4 (for fall semester).

Fulbright Fair - for juniors & seniors
Wednesday, March 22 | 4 - 5 pm
240 Northrop
Spend a year abroad doing research, teaching English, or getting a Master's degree with a Fulbright Scholarship! Attend this info fair to meet Fulbright alumni and learn about campus resources and the application process. Questions? Contact: natschol@umn.edu.

Featured study abroad program: Tropical Marine Biology & Shark Ecology - Bahamas
Students interested in marine biology and ecology should consider taking CFANS 3502/5502 this summer with Peter Sorensen. Situated in the Bahamas, on the beautiful South Bimini Island, you will spend your days exploring above and below the water. You will gain knowledge about several marine ecosystems during this 2-credit study abroad course. View pictures and read more about the Tropical Marine Biology and Shark Ecology in the Bahamas course taking place August 4 – 11, 2017. Contact the Office of International Programs at: ipglobal@umn.edu; 612-624-3221 with questions. 

Upcoming scholarship deadlines

CFANS Academic Year Scholarships 

Apply by: March 1
Only two weeks left to apply - don't miss this window of opportunity to apply for college and department scholarships for academic year 2017-18.  See eligibility guidelines and application for details.

External scholarships related to CFANS majors:   

Cargill Global Scholars Program
Apply by: March 1
First- or second-year students are eligible to apply for the scholarship program, which offers $2500 each year for up to three years, mentorship, leadership training, and the potential to attend a global conference. See details.

Wildlife Leadership Awards
Apply by: March 1
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation sponsors multiple $3000 scholarships for undergraduates who are majoring in a wildlife related natural resource program. Learn more.

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

Key academic calendar dates

– Feb 28: second spring payment due
– March 13 to 17: spring break

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