March 19, 2015: CFANS Student News

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

Upcoming Events

Classes Without Quizzes: Attend or Volunteer
Saturday, March 28, 2015
8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
St. Paul campus, Continuing Education Center

This annual, public event is a casual way to hear about research going on at CFANS, and to see CFANS faculty in action. Invite your family, attend it yourself, or volunteer. (Volunteers get free admission and meals.) Attend any presentation that interests you. This year's topics include: environmental issues with golf courses, crop drones, sustainable travel, sustainable food systems, human-induced bird mortality, farm to fast food, renewable energy for the home, commodity trends, and wheatgrass. Learn more or register.

Women in Science: Panel Discussion and Dialogue
Thursday, April 2, 2015
12:30 to 2 p.m.
St. Paul campus, 105 Cargill Building

According to longterm and recent research, women faculty remain underrepresented in scientific disciplines, are paid less than male counterparts, and often face a hiring bias. Listen and talk with female scientists about how to create a more equitable workplace. See details, panelist bios, and registration info.

U of M Trivia Night: Science!
Thursday, April 2, 2015
9 p.m.
Coffman Union, Goldy's Gameroom

This week's Trivia Night is all about science! That could mean big prizes for CFANS students. This fun free event includes food specials, bowling, emcees, prizes, and of course, trivia.

Last Chance for These CFANS Short-Term International Programs

Many CFANS study abroad programs are full for spring/summer 2015, but we have space left in the programs listed below! Programs are from 10 to 30 days long. Apply soon—applications are accepted until the program fills.

What's in it for you? You'll earn academic credit, fulfill major requirements, explore a new country and culture, and have fun, all while learning and networking with CFANS faculty or staff.

Programs with openings:

  • Switzerland: Mountain Agriculture, May 17–31
  • Norway: The Natural History of Norway, May 19–June 6
  • Iceland: Natural Resources and Environmental Management, May 25–June 15
  • France: Sustainable Food Systems, May 26–June 26
  • Brasil: Nutrition through Food, Sustainability and Culture, July 31–August 21
  • Bahamas: Tropical Marine Biology and Shark Ecology, August 19–28

Questions? Contact the Office of International Programs in CFANS at or 612-624-3221.

Graduation Info for Seniors

Graduating Soon? Review Your APAS!
Seniors graduating this spring/summer should check your APAS report to be sure it's accurate. If it's not, that might delay or stop your degree clearance process. Avoid that unpleasant surprise! ​Contact CFANS Student Services if you need guidance.

Check Your Email for Commencement Invitation and Instructions
Recently you should have received an email from CFANS Associate Dean Mike White, officially inviting you to the CFANS Commencement Ceremony, which is May 15. Be sure to follow the email's instructions and register for commencement if you want to attend the ceremony.

Get Everything You Need for Commencement at GradFest
March 25 and 26, Coffman Union
The annual U of M GradFest event makes it easy to take care of all your graduation purchases in one place (cap and gown, announcements, photos, etc). To prepare for your future job hunt, you can also get your resume evaluated for free while you're there.

Questions about Graduation?
If you have questions about degree clearance or the CFANS Commencement Ceremony, contact the CFANS Student Services Office:, 612-624-6768. Also see our Commencement FAQ page.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

STEM Scholarships from the Minnesota High Tech Foundation, $2500–$5000
apply by April 1, 2015
These are for Minnesota undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. The scholarships can include internship opportunities. Learn more.

Scholarships in Entrepreneurship, $5000
apply by April 1, 2015
The Lynn Johnson – Johnson Brothers Scholarship in Entrepreneurship is for U of M juniors and seniors with financial need and a strong interest in entrepreneurial initiatives. Up to ten $5000 scholarships will be awarded for the 2015-16 academic year.

AFA Crop Science Institute: Sponsorship for 3-Day Program
apply by April 3, 2015
This is for any student interested in the crop and soil sciences sector. Apply for one of 75 spots in the AFA Crop Science Institute held July 19-21 in Iowa. Sponsorship includes all program fees, lodging, and meals.

For additional scholarships related to CFANS majors, see our External Scholarships page.

Key Academic Calendar Dates

–March 21: third/final spring payment due
–March 23: registration for fall classes begins
–April 10–19: class registration temporarily unavailable during system upgrades
–April 20: class registration continues
U of M academic calendar

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