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Murray and Pearl Rosenberg Memorial Award

Travel assistance for humanitarian service or research

Submissions for opportunities taking place during Winter Break, Spring 2020 or Spring Break 2020 are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted. All submissions are final.


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 or provide humanitarian service in socially or economically depressed parts of the world or 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 travel assistance for undergraduate biological sciences students at the University of Minnesota.

  • Typical awards will be in the $800-$1,200 range and are issued upon the completion of the experience. Awards are given for travel expenses only related to: airfare, bus, taxi etc.
  • This award is to assist CBS undergraduate students in good standing at the University of Minnesota who wish to conduct research or provide humanitarian service within the developing world.
  • Travel may be to any part of the world. Preference will be given to projects that take the student to non-English-speaking countries, especially developing countries.
  • Preference will be given to projects that have a direct impact on human health.
Who is eligible to apply?
  • 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 college 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.

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 750-words per essay question. The essay questions are as follows:

  • Please describe the research or humanitarian service you will be undertaking while abroad.
  • Please describe how this experience or research will have a direct impact on human health. 
  • Please address why you chose this international experience, the skills you hope to gain, and how it relates 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.