January 21, 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

Environmental Internship & Career Fair
Wednesday, February 3
1-5 p.m.
North Star Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center

Connect with employers about internship and full-time job opportunities in the environmental and natural resources fields. See the list of career areas represented and the employers who will be attending on the Career & Internship Services website. Free to all U of M students.

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.

College News & Announcements

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.

Students who haven't already identified a project idea or who aren't sure about the possibilities are encouraged to view a PDF iconlist of UROP project ideas submitted by CFANS faculty members and contact faculty to develop a UROP proposal. Another resource for identifying potential faculty sponsors is the list of CFANS faculty members who have served as research sponsors to past UROP students, and the university-wide list of faculty research sponsors by department from the UROP website.

Please see the Undergraduate Research website for more details about the application process. All applicants will be notified 6-8 weeks after the application deadline. Questions? Contact Bill Ganzlin, CFANS UROP Coordinator, bganzlin@umn.edu or 612-624-3047. 

St. Paul Campus Survey Results
Nearly 300 students provided responses for the fall semester's St. Paul campus survey conducted by the Minnesota Student Association (MSA). Results can be viewed via Google document; bolded statements are results that were most prominent and surfaced to the top. Survey results will help determine priorities of St. Paul campus students as MSA considers campus issues this semester. Please direct any questions to Brandon Roiger at roige008@umn.edu.

Sign Up for the New St. Paul Cross-Cultural Discussion Group
Thursdays, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Mid-February - early May

Meet other St. Paul students from a variety of nationalities and majors in a relaxed and fun atmosphere to discuss global topics, share cross-cultural experiences and explore new ways of thinking. The St. Paul group will meet weekly starting in mid-February and will be co-facilitated by a representative from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and Laura Dupont-Jarrett, Chief of Staff for the Associate Dean of Academic Programs & Faculty Affairs (CFANS).

To learn more and to apply, go to www.isss.umn.edu/programs/disgroup; email isssgrps@umn.edu if you have questions. There are Minneapolis-based groups scheduled at different times that are also open for new participants; see the website for more information.

2016 Short-Term Study Abroad Programs with CFANS

A variety of exciting international programs are offered during May and summer term 2016. Earn academic credit, fulfill major requirements, and get to know a CFANS faculty or staff member, all while traveling to a unique international destination. Don’t wait to apply, applications are due early February! 

May & Summer Term

Italy: Sustainable Food Systems of Italy, May 18 – June 11
Peru: Environmental Field Research, May 18 – June 12
Belize: Wildlife Medicine and Conservation, May 21 – June 12
France: From Farm to Fork, Sustainable Food Chains, May 24 – June 24
Iceland: Landscapes, Natural Resources and Environmental Management, May 27 – June 17
Bahamas: Tropical Marine Biology and Shark Ecology, August 3 – 11
Mexico: International Crop Field Research, August 4 – 11

Need Financial Support? Please see the grants offered through CFANS – March 2 deadline for May and summer programs. For more information contact the Office of International Programs in CFANS at ipglobal@umn.edu.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines 

CFANS Academic Year Scholarships - $500 - $5,000
Apply by: March 1
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.

Upper Midwest Dairy Industry Association Scholarship - $1,000
Apply by: January 31
For students pursuing a degree in Animal Science with dairy production emphasis or Dairy Food Science. See application materials.

FFA Scholarships - $1,000
Apply by: February 1
FFA members and non-members are invited to apply for national scholarship awards from 100+ sponsoring organizations including Cargill, DEKALB, Land O'Lakes Purina Feed, Monsanto, National Mastitis Council and Rose Acre Farms. Visit the FFA website for details.

Astronaut Scholarships - $10,000
Apply by: February 1
The University of Minnesota will put forward up to four sophomores or juniors interested in research careers and majoring in math, science, or engineering for nationally competitive Astronaut Scholarships. Students must be nominated by a faculty member in their major and seconded by another. Email natschol@umn.edu for more information.

AgStar Scholars Program - $2,000
Apply by: February 2
The AgStar Scholars Program through AgStar Financial Services provides education, support and insight to students interested in Ag financing or Ag-related careers. CFANS students in their Junior year are eligible to apply for the program. Visit the AgStar website to find more information.

Winfield Careers in Agriculture Scholarship Program - $1,000
Apply by: February 5
Winfield is offering 10 $1,000 scholarships to college freshmen and sophomores. Must be interested in agronomy, crop production, or related fields. See application details.

Katherine E. Sullivan Scholarship for Study Abroad - $25,000
Apply by: February 5
Administered by the University Honors Program and the Office of International Programs, this scholarship provides an opportunity for seniors at any campus of the University of Minnesota to enrich their academic experience with a fifth year of undergraduate study in another country, up to $25,000. Visit the University Honors Program website for further details. 

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

–Jan 25: 100% refund deadline for canceling spring classes
–Jan 25: Last day to add spring classes without instructor approval
–Jan 29: First spring payment due
–Feb 1: Last day to add spring classes without college approval
–Feb 1: Last day to cancel spring classes and not receive a "W"
–Feb 1: Last day to change grade basis (AF or S/N) for spring classes
–Feb 1: Last day to receive a 75% tuition refund for canceling spring classes
-Feb 2: Last day to apply for spring undergraduate graduation
–Feb 8: Last day to receive a 50% refund for canceling spring classes
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