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Seniors: Soc 4966W Major Project registration is underway and progressing smoothly!  Be sure to pick up your permission number at Soc Sci 909. Prof. Schurman’s section is now full, but we still have plenty of seats in Prof. Mortimer’s section.


Below you will find exciting events around campus as well as student jobs, grad school programs, and more.  Have a safe a joyful weekend!



UMSA Presents Learning Abroad – Understanding New Zealand

When: November 11th @ 4 PM – 5 PM

Where: 915 Social Sciences Building

Treats will be provided! 

Description: This course introduces students to New Zealand society in a 3-week global seminar, covering political structures, indigenous rights, immigration trends, and environmental politics. New Zealand is one of the world’s most remote inhabited land-masses, and this remoteness has had a significant impact on its environmental and human history.

Spring 2018 “Community Engaged Service Learning” 


Immersion Opportunity focusing on Ceder-Riverside Neighborhood

Meets in the first two weeks of January 2018.

Spring 2018  |  PA 3481 Section 001: Cedar Riverside: Where The World Meets MN (54960)

Meeting Information
Days & Times Room Instructor Meeting Dates

MoTuWeThFr 8:30AM – 12:30PM
Hubert H. Humphrey School 15
Merrie Benasutti
01/02/2018 – 01/12/2018

Fr 7:00PM – 10:00PM
Merrie Benasutti
01/05/2018 – 01/05/2018
The 3-credit PA 3481: Cedar Riverside Neighborhood; Where the World Meets Minnesota is an immersion course in our Cedar Riverside neighborhood that parallels the immersion experience of study abroad. The course encourages civic engagement and will provide opportunity to learn and work in the Cedar Riverside community while examining questions of leadership, power, cultural diversity and social change. Students will participate in class-based discussion seminars, neighborhood excursions and community work. Throughout the immersion experience, students are challenged to question, think, and respond thoughtfully to current issues facing the Cedar-Riverside community and cultivate leadership skills. Students can expect to gain new frameworks for understanding leadership and civic engagement in a domestic cultural context, deepened skill in identifying complex problems, strategic questioning, reflection and meaning making, as well as consciousness of relationship between self, world and text/theory.

Students may contact the instructor, Merrie Benasutti ( or me ( with questions.

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The Minnesota Future Doctors (MFD) program recruits and mentors pre-medical students from broadly diverse communities and provides the support and resources needed to achieve academic and professional success as physicians.
Applications for the 2017-18 cohort of MFD are being accepted now through December 1, 2017.
Visit the program website for more information.

Application Process

All application materials should be submitted no later than December 1, 2017. Complete applications will include the following:
  • Online application. 
  • Unnofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Email transcripts to with subject heading [MFD Transcript-AY 17-18].
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or academic personnel on official letterhead. Letter writers can submit to with subject heading [MFD Recommendation-AY 17-18].



Student Admin/Support Services – Humphrey School of Public Affairs

The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs is hiring a part time undergraduate position to help with administrative work for 10 hours a week.

Job Opening ID: 320760 (Copy + Paste into Link)

UMN undergraduate studentPreferred Qualifications:
Event planning experience, attention to detail, interest in politics and public affairs, proficient in Microsoft OfficeAbout the Job
This undergraduate support position is within the Center for Study of Politics and Governance.  Center staff will assist with event planning logistics, processing of financial documents, and general administrative duties.

Student OIP Communications and Program Assistant

The Office of International Programs in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences is seeking applicants for a student assistant position to support study abroad and internationalization projects.

Students can learn more about the position and apply on the University of Minnesota employment website.

Job Posting Title: Student OIP Communications and Program Assistant

Job ID: 320377 (Copy + Paste into Link)

International Student of Leadership Minor Summer Intern in SF and NYC


Are you an international student or leadership minor student who wants to spend the summer interning in San Francisco or New York City? Please attend one of our information sessions to learn about LEAD 3972, the 3-credit course that pairs international and leadership minor students with a six-week internship! They can sign up to attend one of the information sessions at Thank you for sharing this opportunity with your students! Beth Isensee LEAD 3972 Instructor Internship Experience Website:

More Info


Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP)

A 10-Week Paid Summer Research Internship for Undergraduate Students.

May 21-July 25, 2018 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Each participant will receive:
    ·         Generous stipend
    ·         Campus housing
    ·         Meal allowance
    ·         Writing, Communication Skills and Professional Development workshops
    ·         GRE prep course (and all necessary materials)
    ·         Paid domestic travel expenses to and from Chapel Hill

Applications Online Available: November 3, 2017

Deadline: February 9, 2018

Access Application here or contact Mimi Gordor, Program Coordinator, at

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Graduate Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice – University of Maryland

Interested in grad school? Student interested in criminal justice research can pursue a master’s and doctoral programs at the University of Maryland.

Fall 2018 application deadlines are December 1st (preferred) and December 15th (final), and the application can be found here.



Asian American Pacific Islander Teacher Panel

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When: Wednesday, November 29th 5:00-7:00 pm

Where: Walter Library, RM 402 (East Bank)

Light dinner provided.



Contact us at for questions!

The panel will focus on the need for a more accurate and positive representation of Asian American and Pacific Islander teachers in our education system.  The panel will introduce AAPI students to not just traditional teachers but transformative leaders who go above and beyond teaching inside and outside of the classroom.