March 2, 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

Breaking the Chains: Unpacking the Asian Model Minority Myth
Monday, March 6 | 12 noon - 1:30 pm
St. Paul Student Center, Cherrywood Room
RSVP by Thursday, March 2
Asian American students are frequently cited for their academic success and their ability to access opportunity. Join us as we explore the impact of the "Model Minority" myth on students from Asian American communities. Attend this discussion to learn from each other, and how to foster success for all. Let's break the myth that there is a model minority. Lunch will be provided!

Provost's Conversation Series - Yaa Gyasi
Tuesday, March 7 | 2 pm
Coffman Union Theater
Yaa Gyasi is the author of Homecoming - an acclaimed debut novel that follows the paths of a family through 300 years of Ghanaian and American history and the legacies of warfare and slavery. Free and open to the public. See details about this year-long speaker series focused on human rights and creating a more inclusive society.

CFANS Networking Night
Tuesday, March 7 |5:15 - 7:45 pm
St. Paul Student Center, North Star Ballroom
Light refreshments from Qdoba
Please RSVP!
Come for a fun night of networking with CFANS alumni, professionals, and fellow students. Professionals from a wide variety of disciplines will be available to share their experience and advice. This is a great way to learn about careers, find potential internship and job-shadowing opportunities, and build connections with alumni. (Check out the list of attendees here!)

Dialogue with the Deans: Creating an Inclusive Campus Environment
Wednesday, March 22 | 12 noon - 1 pm
Cargill Building, Room 105
RSVP by Monday, March 20
Each of us engages with the college and our peers through many intersecting roles and identities. Let's talk with one another about the ways CFANS can best serve the many needs of our diverse community. Plus, free lunch! 

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:

College news & announcements

Fall 2017 semester study abroad options & deadlines
Now is a great time to start planning for a fall 2017 semester study abroad program. Visit the recommended semester programs page for ideas, or come to our study abroad drop-in hours on Wednesdays from 2 - 4 pm in 130 Coffey Hall to meet with an advisor. Many fall semester programs have deadlines in March or April, so don't delay and start planning your fall semester abroad today!

LGBTQIA open hours
March 2 & 23*, April 6 & 20
11 am - 2 pm
St. Paul Student Center, Room 202
*Note room change on March 23 - will be held in St. Paul Student Center, Room 110
Join the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life for their monthly open hours on the St. Paul campus.

Need help with a research paper?
Peer Research Consultants (PRCs, a.k.a Library research tutors) are available on East Bank (Walter SMART, Bio-Med) and West Bank (ISSS office and Wilson SMART). PRCs provide one-on-one assistance to help you develop research strategies, select and refine topics, find scholarly or academic articles, and critically evaluate sources. Learn more!

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.

Upcoming scholarship deadlines

The Lynn Johnson – Johnson Brothers Scholarship in Entrepreneurship
Apply by: March 6
This scholarship will support full-time juniors and seniors, with financial need, who have a strong, demonstrated interest in entrepreneurial initiatives. Up to 6 scholarships will be awarded in amounts up to $5000. Detailed information about qualifications and the application process can be found on the on-line application (click on Office of Undergraduate Education Scholarships once on the site).

United FCS Scholarships
Apply by: March 15
United FCS is offering up to 24 $500 student scholarships throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. Selection is based on the academic achievement, leadership qualities, community and extra-curricular involvement of the applicant. Recipient, or his/ her parents, must be a customer of United FCS.

Explore the World Travel Scholarships
Apply by: March 15
Hostelling International is offering $2000 scholarships to help finance international experiences that include an educational or service component. Candidates must be a US citizen or permanent resident, and demonstrate financial need (be a current or former Pell Grant recipient). Learn more.

Targeting Excellence Scholarships
Apply by: March 31
$2000 scholarships are available for students completing a 4-year degree in an agricultural program. Preference will be given to applicants with a desire to work in some aspect of food animal production. For more information, visit the Targeting Excellence website.

Independent Professional Seed Association (ISPA) Scholarship
Apply by: March 31
The IPSA will award several $2000 scholarships to students studying agriculture-related majors. Selection is based on a combination of academic achievement and community involvement. Download the application form.

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

Key academic calendar dates

– March 13 to 17: spring break!

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