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Paid Internships with Minnesota Technical Assistance Program

March 6, 2015MadelineGeneral, Undergraduate NewsComments Off


The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is seeking junior or senior college students to work on waste reduction and energy efficiency projects at companies in Minnesota. In 2015, MnTAP is 13 summer projects in locations around the state. The application deadline has been extended until March 31, 2015 so there is still time for students to apply.

As a MnTAP intern, students will:

  1. Determine how waste is currently produced in company processes.
  2. Research and evaluate options for reducing waste.
  3. Work with the company’s management and employees to determine feasibility of different waste reduction options.
  4. Develop a cost comparison between the use of existing procedures and the new ones.
  5. Write a final report and present project results.

The projects are at different companies and in different industries so project specifics will vary. Specific job descriptions for the 13 positions are posted on the MnTAP web site at: (

We Need Your Help!

Please post or distribute the attached MnTAP Internship Flier to interested Juniors and Seniors in your department. As a MnTAP intern, students will have the opportunity to affect change while working full-time in a governmental, manufacturing, industrial, food processing, or healthcare facility. This experience not only prepares students for careers after graduation, but also provides an opportunity to help a company make changes to reduce pollution, increase energy efficiency, and save money!


  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Good oral & written communication skills
  • A technical academic background
  • Troubleshooting skills
  • Appropriate majors: Chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, physics, bioproducts and biosystems engineering, food science and nutrition, and others as applicable

The position is full time, 40 hours per week, for three months to start after the conclusion of spring semester or quarter. The pay is $13.00 per hour plus a $1,000 stipend upon completion of the deliverables at the conclusion of the project. This equals $15.00 per hour when averaged over the project.

How To Apply:

Students should complete the online application form and submit it with their cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript. Students may also complete the application in MS Word and submit it and all other required materials to: Priority will be given to students who apply before March 31, however applications will be considered until all positions are filled. Cover letters should be addressed to:

Linda Maleitzke, Intern Program Administrator
200 Oak Street SE, Suite 350
Minneapolis, MN 55455

A Place at the Table: Film Series 2015


Join us for a thinking and doing evening on Thursday, March 5th, 6:30 PM at the Bell Museum, to engage the social and environmental injustices in the United States food system.  We will be showing the acclaimed documentary, A Place at the Table and hosting special guest speaker Michael Chaney, Executive Director of Project Sweetie Pie in North Minneapolis for the second film of the Sustainability Film Series. We will also be creating an interactive activist-art project on hunger to send to decision makers who are passing (or not) legislation on food-related policies while receiving a cooking, and eating, demo with Jenny Breen and University Dining Services.  Find more information here or invite friends with our Facebook event.

Sustainability Symposium 2015

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Calling all graduate, professional, and undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota! Do you have a project with a sustainability angle? Share your work at the 2015 Sustainability Symposium on April 10 for a chance to win an iPad Mini! Abstracts are being accepted until March 13ALL students are encouraged to submit abstracts!

This year we encourage you to “Tell Your Sustainability Story”. At the Sustainability Symposium, you will have the chance to develop your communication skills by showing and articulating the importance of your research to a broad audience.


Friday, April 10th, 2015, Institute on the Environment

Why Present?

As a presenter at the Sustainability Symposium, you will hone presentation skills by sharing your research, enhance your resume, and connect with individuals sharing an interest in sustainability. Submission categories include conference posters, lightning talks (5-minute presentations of your work), and multi-media pieces (artwork, design project, video, etc.). Click here to view posters from past symposiums.

Get Involved!

Click here to submit your abstract today! Submit your abstract by March 13 for the chance to present at the Institute on the Environment’s Sustainability Symposium on April 10th!
All presenters will be entered to win an iPad Mini! 

Need help? Attend Magrath Library’s workshop!

A workshop for creating posters using PowerPoint is taking place on February 25, 1-2pm at the Magrath Library, presented by Amy Neeser and Megan Kocher. Learn more about the workshop and sign up!

Learn more


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Johnson Brothers Scholarship in Entrepreneurship

March 4, 2015MadelineGeneral, Undergraduate NewsComments Off


Juniors and seniors with an entrepreneurial vision are welcome to apply for the Lynn Johnson – Johnson Brothers Scholarship in Entrepreneurship. This scholarship will apply to the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.


  • Be a full-time, undergraduate student enrolled in 12 credits or more each semester;
  • Attend the University of Minnesota Twin Cities;
  • Have financial need, meeting low to middle income status as defined by current University standards;
  • Be juniors (60 or more credits at the time the scholarship starts) or rising seniors enrolled in a degree
  • Granting program, and can be in any Twin Cities undergraduate college;
  • Have a strong academic record, and making timely progress toward their four-year degree;
  • Show evidence of a strong commitment to entrepreneurial initiatives. Evidence could include: classes,internships, club or social initiatives, start-ups in business or non-profits, a major or minor in Entrepreneurial Management, etc. Applicants need not have a start-up project underway.
  • Have a completed (or estimated) FAFSA application on file at the University for the academic year

For more information, see the scholarship announcement.

Living Lab Call for Proposals


Contact: Stacey White

Apply to create a Living Laboratory on the Twin Cities campus with It All Adds Up

The University aspires to create a “living laboratory” in which the campus grounds are not only a backdrop of campus life, but an integral component of teaching, research, and outreach. The concept of a living laboratory is described in the Twin Cities Campus Master Plan and the Systemwide Sustainability Goals and Outcomes Report. As a living laboratory the campus grounds will be a medium for innovation, testing, demonstration, and learning.

The Living Laboratory Review Panel invites proposals from the University community to utilize campus grounds as a living laboratory.  Selected proposals will be provided space on the campus grounds and assistance facilitating project implementation. Funding to implement the proposal is not provided through this process and must be arranged separately.  The proposal process is summarized below and detailed online at

A map of campus areas eligible for living lab projects is available here.  In addition, a list of University maintenance and improvement projects planned for grounds is available here.  Proposers are encouraged to align their submissions with existing project plans if possible.

All proposals must be submitted using the Living Lab Application Form.  The application includes the following sections:

  • Proposer Information
  • Proposal Summary
  • Support of University Mission – How does this proposal support the University core mission of teaching, research, and outreach?
  • Alignment with existing campus plans and/or sustainability priorities – How does this proposal align with sustainability goals and priorities of the University?  Does it coordinate with or compliment the Campus Master Plan or existing landscape maintenance and improvement plans.
  • Location – Where would you propose to locate the project?  If the proposer has no location in mind the evaluators can identify potential areas.  A map of campus areas eligible for living lab projects is available here.
  • Outreach to the University – What have you already done to reach out to University departments and people that would be affected or involved with your living lab project?
  • Academic Affiliation – For student led projects, identify an academic unit that will support your proposal and provide for ongoing maintenance (if applicable).
  • Project installation start and completion dates, and duration.
  • Maintenance Plan
  • Proposal Activities
  • Budget – How much will your proposed project cost to implement and maintain?  Identify any sources of funding secured.  Funding is not required to be secured prior to submitting a proposal.

Proposals selected by the Panel will be recommended for implementation, provided space on campus to implement their project, and given assistance facilitating project implementation.  Proposed projects may require additional review after the Panel’s evaluation to ensure safety, compliance with codes and/or University policy, availability of funding, etc.

Living Lab Proposals will be accepted February 23, 2015 – March 27, 2015. 

Apply here.

The Sustainability Education website is administered by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment.

The University of Minnesota offers sustainability courses in most of its colleges and campuses around the state. These courses encompass biophysical sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, design, engineering, business, and health. The Sustainability Studies minor is one of several interdisciplinary programs through which such diverse courses come together.