February 18, 2016: 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

U of M Job and Internship Fair
Friday, February 19
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center
Attend the largest student career fair in Minnesota! More than 300 organizations will be there recruiting for hundreds of jobs and internships. Open to all U of M students and alumni from the past three years. Registration fee includes a professional head shot. $10 in advance, $25 at the door. See details.   

The Global Food Challenge is coming to U!
Monday, February 22
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Coffman Memorial Union - Front Plaza
Stop by the Global Food Challenge information booth to enjoy FREE hot chocolate, cookies, and conversation about global food security. Hosted by Land O'Lakes Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders Elizabeth Alonzi, Katie Enzenauer, and Blake Schweiner. See the Facebook event to learn more.

Major/ Minor Expo
Wednesday, February 24
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Coffman Memorial Union - Great Hall
Unsure which major is right for you? Need to declare? Curious about completing a double major or a minor? Get answers to your questions while exploring the University's many majors and minors and connecting with faculty and advisors. No cost, and no registration required. Games, prizes and food available while supplies last! See details.

Intersectionality 101
In collaboration with the GLBTA Programs Office
Friday, February 26
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
105 Cargill Building
This training is focused on intersectional work exploring how sexual
orientation & gender identity intersect with race, class, ability,
age, and faith. It will explore how to interrupt everyday homophobia,
transphobia, and heterosexism. Please RSVP.

Women in CFANS Conversation
Tuesday, March 1
12 noon -1 p.m.
105 Cargill Building
Join the deans for lunch and a conversation about the success of women
in agricultural and natural resource sciences. RSVP online.

Careers in Law Fair
Wednesday, March 9
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Wiley Hall Atrium
This fair is not only for students considering law school, but for anyone considering a career related to the legal field. Speak with representatives from law schools, government agencies, paralegal programs, nonprofits, criminal justice organizations, political offices, and LSAT prep programs. Stop by any time to learn and ask questions about graduate school requirements, volunteer programs, internship experiences, and professions in the legal community. Learn more; registration in advance is not required.


College News & Announcements

Great Lakes Career Ready Internship Grant
Looking to explore career opportunities and develop professional skills? Find an unpaid internship and apply for a Great Lakes Grant! Grant recipients will be paid at the rate of $10/hour, up to a maximum of $2,250, or 225 hours of work at their internship site. Learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply.

Enter the Agtastic Idea Challenge for a Chance to win $1,000
Do you have an innovative idea to advance ag, food or natural resources? Pitch your "Agstastic" idea - in 90 seconds or less - to a panel of real investors and industry veterans at the Agtastic Idea Challenge on Friday, April 1. Attend a highly interactive brainstorming session for training on how to develop and pitch your idea. Brainstorming sessions will be help the following Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in Coffey Hall:
February 20 - Concept Development of Your Ideas
March 26 - How to Pitch Your Idea
Register and learn more.

Apply for an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Scholarship
Apply by: February 29
Undergraduates interested in working on a research project this coming summer or fall can qualify for a $1400 research scholarship and $300 for supplies/ expenses. Please see the Undergraduate Research website for more details about the application process.  Questions? Contact Bill Ganzlin, CFANS UROP Coordinator, bganzlin@umn.edu or 612-624-3047. 

May & Summer Short-Term Study Abroad Programs with CFANS
Apply by: March 15
Earn academic credit, fulfill major requirements, and get to know a CFANS faculty or staff member, all while traveling to a unique international destination.

  • France: From Farm to Fork, Sustainable Food Chains, May 24 – June 24
  • Bahamas: Tropical Marine Biology and Shark Ecology, August 3 – 11
  • Mexico: International Crop Field Research, August 4 – 11 

Do you need financial support to study abroad? Apply for CFANS grants by March 2, 2016. For more information contact the Office of International Programs in CFANS at ipglobal@umn.edu.

Peer Research Consultants (PRCs) Can Help You Hone Your Library Skills
Need help finding good sources for a reseach paper? Peer Research Consultants (a.k.a. library research tutors) provide one-on-one assistance to help students develop academic research strategies. Drop-in hours are available in Walter SMART Learning Commons, or in MCAE in Appleby Hall, or you can schedule an appointment here

Free Stress Check Ins Available for Students
One-on-one Stress Check In appointments are available to students through the student group de-stress. Get non-judgmental, confidential support from a trained peer helper, and learn about skills and resources to help you cope with academic, personal, social or health-related stressors. Appointments are 45-minutes long and take place at Boynton's East Bank Location.


CFANS Scholarships & Grants Deadlines

CFANS Academic Year Scholarships - $500 - $5,000
Apply by: March 1
Don't miss the window of opportunity to apply for a CFANS scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year. All CFANS majors can apply for a college scholarship and several departments also use the same form, so you can fill out one application and be considered for both college and department awards. Some restrictions apply - see eligibility guidelines and application.

CFANS Study Abroad Grants - $500 - $2,400
Apply by: March 2 (for study abroad programs held during Mary or Summer Term 2016)
CFANS offers three different grants to support undergraduate study abroad experiences. One application form allows you to apply for all three grants; an applicant may potentially receive more than one award depending on the program and if he/she meets the criteria. Preference is given to students applying for their first international study abroad experience in college. Learn more.


Other Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines 

Cargill Global Scholars Program - $2,500
Apply by: March 1
Current first and second year undergraduates are eligible to apply for the scholarship program, which offers $2500 each year for up to three years, mentorship, leadership training, and the potential to attend a global conference. Access the application materials here.

National Garden Clubs Scholarships - $3,500
Apply by: March 1
One-year scholarships are available to undergraduate juniors and seniors majoring in in fields of study related to horticulture and the environment. Sophomores may apply for their junior year. See application for details.

Wildlife Leadership Awards - $3,000
Apply by: March 1
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundations sponsors multiple scholarships for undergraduates who are majoring in a wildlife related natural resource program. An application and two letters of recommendation from faculty are required. Learn more.

The Lynn Johnson – Johnson Brothers Memorial Scholarship in Entrepreneurship - $5,000
Apply by: March 9
This scholarship will support full-time UMTC juniors and seniors, with financial need, who have a strong, demonstrated interest in entrepreneurial initiatives. Applications are encouraged from students in all UMTC undergraduate colleges. Up to 10 scholarships at $5,000 each will be awarded for the 2016-17 academic year to help cover students’ cost of attendance. See the online application for more details.

Targeting Excellence Scholarships - $2000
Apply by: March 15
$2,000 scholarships are available for students completing a 4-year degree in an agricultural program. Preference will be given to applicants with a desire to work in some aspect of food animal production. For more information, visit the Targeting Excellence website.

United FCS Scholarships - $500
Apply by: March 15
United FCS is offering up to 24 $500 student scholarships throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, leadership qualities, community and extra-curricular involvement. Recipient or his/ her parents must be a customer of United FCS. See application.

AFA National Leader and Academic Scholarships
Apply by: March 18
AFA and its partners are offering a variety of scholarships with one application form. All scholarships include sponsorship to AFA's national convention in Kansas City, MO, a $1,000 value. See eligibility criteria and apply here.

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

–Feb 29: second spring payment due
–March 14 to 18: spring break!

U of M academic calendar


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