Campus News

Fall Recruiting Season is Here!

Does your company or organization need an intern or looking for that entry-level talent?
Are you an alum who has graduated within the last two year and are looking for a position in one of these areas? 

Attend these upcoming fall career events to connect with students now who are looking for summer 2017 internships and full-time employment, or to connect as a job-seeker with employers looking to hire entry-level talent. These are the premier agriculture, food and business recruiting events at the University of Minnesota. 

Career Fair Mingle
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
5:00 – 6:00pm
105 Cargill Building
A free networking event for employers and students to meet whether or not you are attending the St. Paul Career Fair.

St. Paul Career Fair
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
St. Paul Student Center
Connect with CFANS undergraduate and graduate students (and recent alumni) for your hiring needs as we kick off the fall recruiting season.

To view details and register, click this link. Questions? Contact Sharon Heron at or 612-624-9421.

Dr. James Orf Retires

Dr. James Orf, Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, retired in June 2016 after 35 years on the faculty, teaching and conducting soybean breeding and genetics research. We wish him the very best in his future endeavours. Learn more about his soybean research here

Garrett Beier’s Path to Plant Pathology

Growing up Garrett Beier "didn't like plants," despite growing up with family ties to a greenhouse nursery in South Dakota. In college he took an introductory plant pathology course and it changed his life entirely. Now he is a Plant Pathology Ph.D. student researching Dutch Elm Disease in American elm trees. Learn more about him in this video

CFANS at the Ramsey County Fair

Last month CFANS had a great presence in the education tent at the Ramsey County Fair.   Interactive displays were hosted by the Applied Plant Sciences graduate students, Environmental Studies Club, Mycology Club, and the Ag Ed Club as well as a general CFANS information table. Thanks to these CFANS students for their efforts to help spread the word about CFANS research and programs!

Convergence Colloquia on Citizen Science

The Convergence Colloquia are a series of gatherings that advance research to develop solutions and build long term relationships that improve our world. Congratulations to the CFANS faculty and staff who received grants through this program! 

Robert Blair, Professor, Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology (PI)

This project will provide a comprehensive assessment of the feasibility of establishing a nationally- and internationally-prominent Center for Citizen Science (CCS) at the University of Minnesota. Over the course of the year, we intend to complete a formal needs assessment that will document how a Citizen Science Center at UMN could best serve the community; review and report on the range of Citizen Science methodologies, identifying those likely to resonate with the CCS; research the current state-of-the-art of other comparable centers now in development (because none exist); identify possible participants at the University along with others from academia, industry and non-profits within Minnesota, across the U.S., and internationally; identify potential funding strategies including a visit to the NSF; create a vision statement for the CCS; and craft a strategic plan in the form of a white paper.

Sarah Weaver, Program Coordinator, Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology (PI)

The Driven to Discover Citizen Science project currently running under PI’s Karen Oberhauser and Rob Blair aims to bring citizen science to secondary classrooms across multiple school districts in MN. This proposal will utilize the established project to examine the impact citizen science has on underrepresented students. School districts want to see improvements in test scores and high levels of classroom engagement. Schools serving the high needs students are reluctant to change teaching and learning tactics without compelling evidence that citizen science is effective for all students.

Studying potential shifts in student learning and engagement position the UMN to better serve our local urban school districts - who have the some of the largest achievement gaps in the country- and beyond our state. Studying the following two questions, not currently assessed in the current Driven to Discover: citizen science project, will position the UMN and partners to address critical education issues and lead opportunities to future research.

Mohamed Yakub, Outreach Education Coordinator, Center for Sustainable Plant Health (PI)

The University of Minnesota has many scientists conducting ongoing research; yet the public view of research tends to be thought of as done and complete. We want to bridge the gap between cutting edge researchers and high-school educators by including high school teachers and students in on-going research conducted by University of Minnesota faculty. In the beginning of the fall semester we will invite eight high-school teachers, faculty to a fall symposium. Four researchers will present their research with the potential for projects to be conducted at schools. The teachers will then design experiments that they would be able to setup at their schools, with advise from the faculty. The faculty (and/or their graduate students) will be encouraged to visit these schools to participate in ongoing discussions. During the spring semester, we will invite the teachers to present their findings at a symposium, open to more teachers, faculty, and local political representatives. Teachers will also have the opportunity to work on data analyses, with the possibility to continue data collection the following year. We want students to participate in an authentic research experience, and teachers to be in communication with researchers who can address research questions as they arise.

Learn more here








Garrett Beier

Ramsey County