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Murray and Pearl Rosenberg Memorial Award

Travel assistance for humanitarian service or research

Submissions for opportunities taking place during Summer 2020, Fall 2020 or Academic Year 2020-2021 are due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020. Late submissions will not be accepted. All submissions are final.


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This award was established by Pearl Rosenberg, psychologist and former assistant dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School, in honor of her husband Murray Rosenberg, physician and professor of genetics and cell biology from 1963-93 and an advocate for human rights. The award assists students who conduct research which benefits socially or economically disadvantaged communities around the world, including the United States.

Dr. Rosenberg was an outstanding teacher and adviser, a dedicated physician and researcher, and an example for all through his sincere and active efforts to promote education, human rights and dignity. The Murray and Pearl Rosenberg Memorial Award was established to provide financial assistance for undergraduate biological sciences students at the University of Minnesota.

  • Standard awards are $1,000 for short-term experiences (at least 6 weeks long); $1,500 for semester-long experiences.
  • This award seeks to assist CBS undergraduate students in good standing at the University of Minnesota who wish to conduct research as a service to socially or economically disadvantaged communities around the world, including the United States.
  • Preference will be given to projects that have a direct impact on public health.
Who is eligible to apply?
  • Students who are participating in an experience that is at least six weeks long
  • Students with a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Applicants must be degree-seeking students in the College of Biological Sciences and register for at least 13 undergraduate credits in the semester following the completion of this experience.
  • Eligibility for financial aid is not required in order to receive this award.
    • Acceptance of Rosenberg Award compensation may affect financial aid status; therefore, students who are awarded should contact OneStop to find out how or if this award may affect their financial aid.
    • Preference given to credit-bearing programs offered through the University of Minnesota. 

Students who wish to travel to locations designated by the U.S. Department of State as Level 3 or 4 must be traveling on a program associated with academic credit, will first need to meet with Molly Micheels, Associate Program Director in the Learning Abroad Center, and will require ITRAAC approval.


How do I apply?

As part of the application, you will be asked to respond to each of the following essay questions. It is recommended that you type your answers to the essay questions in Word and then copy and paste them into the application.

Answers are limited to 350-words per essay question. The essay questions are as follows:

  • Describe the research you will be undertaking and the community it will benefit.
  • How will this research have a direct impact on public health?
  • Why did you choose this experience? Which skills are you hoping to gain? How does this relate to your personal, professional, or academic goals?

If the project/experience is not part of a U of M-sponsored program, a letter describing the goals of the experience and confirmation of your acceptance from your site supervisor or contact is also required.

Applications submitted after the completion of the project/experience will not be considered.