Enhancing Engagement, Outreach and Education
Thousands of students of all ages benefit from the research and outreach centers' engagement with their communities. Through hands-on learning and field experiences, the centers prepare the 21st century workforce in Minnesota's food, agricultural and natural resource industries while ensuring that professionals stay up-to-date through continuing education.
Undergraduate and Graduate Students study and work at all of the research and outreach centers, connecting the full range of academic disciplines at the University of Minnesota's campuses with invaluable experience doing hands-on research. Working closely with faculty and staff scientists gives students the collaboration, problem-solving and communications skills employers prize, as well as solid grounding in their scientific disciplines.
Early childhood through high school education holds the key to rural Minnesota's future. Research and Outreach Centers offer hands-on learning activities that encourage young people to envision working in the sciences while remaining close to home. Through partnerships across the University of Minnesota's five campuses, students get help preparing for college and exploring future careers.