November 13, 2014: CFANS Student News

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This is the biweekly CFANS Student News, featuring events, college updates, and scholarship info for CFANS undergraduates.

Upcoming Events

Environmentalists and Corporations Make Strange Bedfellows (Or Do They?)
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Noon to 1 p.m.
Learning and Environmental Sciences Bldg, Room R-380

Often we think of environmental activism as protests against the bad behavior of corporations. And often that's true. But some environmentalists are taking seats in boardrooms and influencing business practices. This free event features CFANS faculty, environmentalists, and corporate reps discussing the challenges and successes of their partnerships. Hosted by the U of M's Institute on the Environment.

College News and Announcements

Serve on the CFANS Honors and Awards Committee
deadline: November 21, 2014
Join CFANS faculty and staff to review nominations for multiple awards. It's a chance to broaden your experiences, network, and share opinions. The committee meets one hour per month during the 2014–2015 school year and has two openings for students. Email Lauren McCarthy at with questions or to join.

Special Survey for International Students
If you're a CFANS international student, please take the survey called "International Student Barometer". It's your chance to tell the U of M what works and doesn't work in its services for international students. Your answers are anonymous and will help the U of M improve. You may also win up to $1000 or a gift card. To begin, click the "Take the Survey!" box here.

NPR News Features U of M Apples and Growth Practices
National Public Radio examines the ups and downs of trends in the apple industry, including apples developed by CFANS. See the article: "Want to grow these apples? You'll have to join the club"

The Impact of Climate Change on Minnesota Agriculture
CFANS faculty speak about the ways in which Minnesotans and Minnesota ag industries will need to evolve. See the MPR article: "Minnesota communities look for ways to adapt to climate change"

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Truman Scholarships (up to $30,000)
apply by: November 17, 2014 
These prestigious scholarships are for outstanding undergrads who intend to pursue graduate study leading to a career in government or public service. Applicants should be juniors with a strong record of community service or activism. The U of M will endorse up to 4 candidates. To learn more, search for "Truman" on this U of M Scholarships page, or see the Truman Foundation website.

Udall Scholarships, $5000
apply by: November 24, 2014
These are for sophomores or juniors who are either a) preparing for careers related to the environment, or b) Native American students preparing for careers related to native health care or tribal policy. For information and the U of M contact, search for "Udall" on this U of M Scholarships page.

Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence Scholarship (MCAE), $1000
apply by: December 1, 2014
MCAE will award multiple $1000 scholarships that can be used this spring. Students must have a 3.0 GPA or above, have a FAFSA on file, demonstrate financial need, and be from an underrepresented background. See details and application link.

Lake Minnetonka Garden Club Scholarship, $2000
apply by: December 1, 2014
Up to $2000 is available to students studying horticulture, environmental sciences or related fields. Awards are based on merit as well as community activities, work experience, and more. See details.

MN 6th District Horticultural Society Scholarship, $600
apply by: December 1, 2014
Students studying horticulture who are from Aitkin, Benton, Cass, Crow Wing, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, or Wadena County can apply for this. See the application document (PDF).

For additional CFANS-related scholarships, see our External Scholarships page. The scholarships listed above have the nearest deadlines.

Key Academic Calendar Dates

–Nov 27 and 28: U of M closed for Thanksgiving holiday
–Dec 6: payment due for new fall charges and/or past due balances  
See full U of M academic calendar.

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