November 19, 2015: CFANS Student News

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The biweekly CFANS Student News features events, college updates, and timely scholarship info for CFANS undergraduates.

Upcoming Events

Small World Coffee Hour: Finding Fermented Food
Friday, November 20
4 - 6 p.m.
Coffey Hall, room 120

Small World Coffee Hour's last St. Paul campus event for this semester is coming up! Let your taste buds run wild on a culinary adventure as you try fermented foods from around the world. From nato to injera, from kimchi to tempeh, come try foods from different cultures and learn a little bit about their history. This is a free-for-all event!

Frenatae Honey Sale
December 2 - 4
10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
1st Location: Hodson Hall (outside the Natural Resources Library)
2nd Location: St. Paul Student Center by the information desk/ post office

The annual Frenatae Honey Sale is coming up soon! Stock up on honey, greeting cards, calenders, candles, scarves and more while supporting this Entomology grad student organization. You can also pre-order items. Learn more.

College News & Announcements

Gopher Spot Call for Artists
Submission deadline: December 4

Student Unions & Activities is looking for artists to submit their work to be exhibited in the Gopher Spot. To celebrate the St. Paul Campus, entries should have a nature or food theme. Those that incorporate ideas of food justice and security, environmental sustainability, or the St. Paul Campus will have a competitive edge. A committee will select the top 5 entries to be displayed for the Spring 2016 semester. Winners receive a $50 gift card to the U of MN Bookstore! Contact Vick Hoffman at with any questions. See entry rules and deadlines.

Fund Your Big Idea Through the Acara Challenge
Apply by: January 22

Do you have an idea to change the world? Win $6000! The Acara Challenge is an annual impact venture competition to reward UMN students creating solutions to social and environmental challenges. Acara is the impact entrepreneurship program of the U of M Institute on the Environment in partnership with the College of Science and Engineering and the Carlson School of Management. Through Acara’s courses, workshops and field experiences, students develop impact ventures that address societal and environmental challenges. This opportunity is open to all current degree-seeking U of M students who are up for the challenge. See competition webpage.

Consider Applying to the University Honors Program!
Apply by: February 3

If you are a highly-motivated student and intend to participate in research, scholarship, or artistic activity under the guidance of a faculty mentor, you may wish to apply for the University Honors Program (UHP). Participation provides invidualized academic advising, increased access to special courses and faculty across colleges, a close-knit community of driven and accomplished students, and the opportunity to graduate with Latin Honors. Applicants must have a 3.5+ GPA and a planned graduation date of spring 2018 or later. Attend an info session to learn more!

Grand Challenge Curriculum Course Offerings
The Grand Challenge Curriculum (GCC) addresses important global issues through a solution-driven, interdisciplinary approach to learning. GCC courses are taught by cross-disciplinary instructors who bring unique perspectives to the Grand Challenge being explored. Spring 2016 Grand Challenge Curriculum course offerings include:

GCC 3006 Grand Challenge: Climate Change – Myths, Mysteries, and Uncertainties
GCC 3007/5007 Grand Challenge: Toward Conquest of Disease
GCC 3009 Grand Challenge: Rivers and Cities: Meeting Future Demands on Urban Water Systems
GCC 5008 Grand Challenge: Policy and Science of Global Environmental Change
GCC 3010/5010 Grand Challenge: The Global Climate Challenge - Creating an Empowered Movement for Change
GCC 3011/5011 Grand Challenge: Pathways to Renewable Energy
GCC 3012/5012 Grand Challenge: Structural Violence and the Medication Experience
GCC 3013/5013 Grand Challenge: Making Sense of Climate Change – Science, Art, and Agency

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Goldwater Scholarship - $7,500
Apply by: November 23
The University of Minnesota will nominate up to four sophomores or juniors interested in research careers and majoring in math, science, or engineering for nationally competitive Goldwater Scholarships ($7500 per year for undergraduate education). Email for more information.

New Look Laser Tattoo Removal Semiannual Scholarship - $1000
Apply by: November 30
This merit-based scholarship is for students pursuing higher education with an emphasis in one of the following fields: nursing, medicine, natural or applied sciences, or engineering. Visit their website to find more information.

Lake Minnetonka Garden Club Scholarship - $2,500
Apply by: December 1
Lake Minnetonka Garden Club (LMGC) will provide up to $2500 annually, awarded to one student or divided between two students. Scholarships will be awarded on merit with consideration given to GPA, letters of recommendation, community activities, associations or organizations, work experience and plans after graduation. To apply, see the LMGC Scholarship Fund page.

MN Chapter, American Fisheries Society Scholarship - $500
Apply by: December 1
The Minnesota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (MN AFS) will be offering at least one $500 scholarship to a Minnesota undergraduate pursuing a degree in fisheries, water resources, aquatic biology, or aquatic environmental science. Open to juniors and seniors; you must be an MN AFS member (membership is free to students). See the details on the MN AFS website.

National Corn Growers Association Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program - $1000
Apply by: December 11
Five $1000 scholarships are available to members and family members of the National Corn Growers Association. Students who are sophomore level or greater are eligible to apply. For more information, visit the National Corn Growers Association website.

For other external scholarships related to CFANS majors, see our External Scholarships page. The scholarships listed above have deadlines coming up within the next month.

Key Academic Calendar Dates

- Nov 26 &27: U closed for Thanksgiving holiday

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