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Checking in With Dean Forbes -- April 2019

April is always an incredibly busy time for all as momentum builds toward the culminating event of the year, commencement. This year, I’m pleased to announce that Plant and Microbial Biology Professor George Weiblen will be our speaker. George has achieved so much as a scholar but also in the areas of conservation and community engagement. He will no doubt serve as an inspiration for our soon-to-be graduates.

Innovation through internationalization

Xianyi Xiong receives University award for work on campus internationalization.

Xianyi Xiong

For Xianyi Xiong, looking at the world from multiple perspectives is merely everyday life. The junior, who is studying microbiology and biochemistry, has to interact with classmates, manage schoolwork and live in an American city as a first-generation, foreign-born student from China.

College Health Corps Seeking Vistas


Advance health equity for low-income Minnesotans through partnerships between higher education and communities with VISTA positions on college campuses, at clinics, and in community-based organizations. Increasing access to healthcare, health insurance, emergency food, and/or health education are core components of all CHC VISTA projects, though each position is unique.

Applications Open for MHTA Foundation STEM Scholarships

The Minnesota High Tech Association Foundation (MHTF) is now accepting scholarship applications from Minnesota undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Awards range from $2,500 to $5,000 awards and can include internship opportunities at MHTA member companies. MHTF supports diversity in this application and award process. 

Student Group Fundraisers

Minnesota Science Business Association: On Monday, April 8th from 4pm-8pm, students who go to Chipotle and mention our club will have 33% of the sale money go towards helping fund the organization.

Pre-Health Community Connections (PHCC): On Tuesday, April 9, from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., students who go to Blaze Pizza and mention the club will have 20% of the sale money go towards helping fund PHCC! 

Major Express

Do you have 15 minutes, an appetite for cookies and lemonade, and a major to decide on? Stop by the Center for Academic Planning & Exploration’s "Major Express"! Meet with a CAPE coach to begin the process of finding a major that fits your interests, strengths, and goals. Use what you discover to prepare for fall registration, and meetings with your academic adviser.

ART+SCIENCE Field Opportunities in the Southwest, Puerto Rico & Panama

The ART+BIO Collaborative is an educational nonprofit based in Cambridge, MA that offers various immersive, educational travel programs. It integrates art and the life sciences via public engagement, education, and research. ART+BIO Collaborative value diversity and inclusion in the arts and sciences, and design novel Field Studies opportunities for artists, scientists, students, educators, professionals and for anyone interested in integrating nature, art, and biology in the wild. 

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in the Hunter Lab

The Hunter Lab (Department of Microbiology and Immunology) is looking for sophomore or junior undergraduate students interested in working on projects involving microbial genetics, proteomics, mouse infection models, primary cell culture, and anaerobic bacterial culture to study the microbial ecology of chronic respiratory disease.

While prior lab experience is a plus, it is by not required. Students who are accepted will gain skills in: