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Astronaut Scholarship

Each year the University of Minnesota is invited to put forward two students to compete for a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.  These students must be sophomores or juniors who show outstanding promise for careers in research in the natural or applied sciences, engineering or mathematics. No special consideration is given to students in astronautical engineering. Applicants must be U.S.

ISSS Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups

International Student and Scholar Services will host weekly Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups allowing UMN students from a variety of colleges, majors, and nationalities to share their experiences and ideas on topics including friendship and relationships, taboos and stereotypes, culture shock, global educational systems, and more.

Acara Challenge Application

The Acara Challenge, an annual competition that awards up to $5,500 to UMN students working to solve social and environmental challenges, is now accepting applications for 2018. All current degree-seeking UMN students are invited to apply by the February 4 deadline. The competition will occur February 27 - March 1, 2018.

Learn more and apply by visiting the Acara Challenge webpage.

Roadside Attractions

A new statewide study examines whether roadsides provide quality food for monarchs and native bees.


“This project will help us answer some really interesting and basic questions about how nutrients and heavy metals interact to affect plant and pollinator health.”


Paul Bunyan, the SPAM museum and a giant twine ball are just a few of Minnesota’s beloved roadside attractions.