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By Matt Sabongi 


Above is a photo of me atop a mountain in the San Juan National Forest in Colorado during spring break of my senior year.

Students and faculty at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities not only spend their time studying the natural world but playing in it, too! As a student, I was an avid participant in the University's Center of Outdoor Adventure. Throughout my life, I have had a passion for the outdoors and adventure sports. I enjoy backpacking, kayaking, snowboarding, hiking, climbing, and biking--to list a few. When I began as a student at the U of M, I was determined to continue pursuing my passion for adventure sports and the outdoors, even though I was moving to a metropolitan city. The Center of Outdoor Adventure helped me experience the best of both worlds: exploring the great outdoors while living the city life. 

The Center for Outdoor Adventure (COA) provides student with alternative recreation experiences revolving around the outdoor activities. Throughout the year, COA hosts clinics and trips that introduce both beginner and experienced adventurers to the fundamentals of outdoor adventure skills and environmental ethics. Activities range from backpacking to ice climbing, both locally and nationally.

No matter if you are a experienced outdoor enthusiast or simply a learning the ropes, COA can provide students with the information and equipment needed for any outdoor adventure. COA has a great rental center full of equipment for every season at very reasonable student rates. Also, if you're looking to buy or sell some gear, the COA Gear Sale is a great way to get your hands on quality equipment at a student-friendly price.

Climbing is another great way for members to get involved with the Center for Outdoor Adventure. The climbing walls were actually the resources I used the most as a student. After my classes, I would walk over to either the Minneapolis or St. Paul Recreation Centers to climb either one of COA's two bouldering caves and full climbing wall.

The Center for Outdoor Adventure office is located in the lower level of the Minneapolis recreation center (or simply "The Rec," as students refer to it!). If you're visiting campus for a campus tour or simply in the area, make sure stop by and see the great resources COA provides for students interested in exploring the outdoors.

For me, this week marks the beginning of fall. Though our calendars still say August, this week the U of M's freshman class moves onto campus and starts Welcome Week.

During my freshman year, I lived in an Honors Living Learning Community in Middlebrook Hall. Living Learning Communities are groups of students with similar interests within our residence halls. The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) students often find special interest in these three Living Learning Communities: Science and Engineering Explorations House, University Honors Housing, and the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) House.

Living Learning Communities are optional, but I can tell you from experience that participating in a Living Learning Community made me feel more confident moving to campus because I knew I would be living around other students who shared my same interests--it was a built-in community.

Even if you're not interested an Living Learning Community, I highly recommend that you consider living on campus (it's not required, but most first-year students do). It's such a fun experience to be around so many other students who are going through the same transition. The U of M has eight residence halls and three apartment buildings. High school seniors: the freshman housing application will be available early November 2010 at www.umn.edu/housing. Housing preferences are granted based on the date of submission, so fill out your application early! (You don't have to be admitted to the University to apply for housing.)

You may also want to check out video tours of our residence halls and apartment complexes. This is a great way to get a feel for all our housing options without touring campus 11 time! 

What's the difference between a geek and a nerd? I've had this conversation many times and have never gotten a satisfactory answer. 'Geek' and 'nerd' are often used to describe those interested in math, science, and engineering. I recently came across this video from the 2009 Freshman Convocation event in which Professor Jim Kakalios from the College of Science and Engineering's physics and astronomy department discusses the difference.

Professor Kakalios actually encourages every incoming U of M freshman to become both a geek and a nerd during their time in college. He defines the terms, saying that geeks and nerds exist in every discipline.

A geek, according to Professor Kakalios, is a person who is incredibly passionate and interested in one subject. All of our new students should become geeks. You should be excited to learn and do research in your field!

A nerd is someone who is very smart. We want to cultivate our students' minds so you are on the leading edge of your field when you graduate.

The combination of these, a geek and a nerd, is what all of our students should aspire to be, whether you are going to be an aerospace engineer or a professional dancer.

Freshman Convocation is a component of a week-long orientation we have for incoming freshman called Welcome Week.  This year's convocation will be on Thursday, September 2.  At convocation, our freshman class is officially welcomed to the U of M by President Bruininks and faculty members, staff, and current students.

By Zack Haas

While the summer sunlight may be waning, the excitement on campus for the coming academic year is only growing. This is a favorite time of year for everyone at the University, as students begin their academic careers or return to another year at the University of Minnesota. 

I can still remember the excitement and nervousness I felt when I was an incoming freshman. Coming from a small town, I remember feeling a bit worried about finding my classrooms, meeting other students, and just figuring out how I would fit in. That fear subsided very quickly! Incoming students now have it even better--since 2008, incoming freshmen have been participating in Welcome Week, which helps students to make themselves at home at the University of Minnesota before classes even start

During Welcome Week, which runs from September 1 to September 6, students in the freshman class will participate in different activities including: Moving into their residence halls, attending a kick-off dinner, getting to know their college, showing their school spirit at the Pride and Spirit event, visiting the Mall of America, and much more. Through those activities, students will get acquainted with campus and the resources that are available and will also spend a lot of time getting to know other students in the freshman class--making friends and getting to know their way around before the sophomores, juniors, and seniors return to campus.

I am personally very excited for New Student Convocation, which is scheduled during Welcome Week's College Day. I will be at Mariucci Arena helping with the event and can't wait to see the entire freshman class on campus. New Student Convocation is the official welcome to the University of Minnesota and marks the beginning of students' academic careers. During the event students will hear from President Bruininks and current students and will learn about what it means to be a Golden Gopher.

By Zack Haas

While browsing the U of M YouTube channel, I came across this video of a research project that is being conducted on our campus right now. Dr. Heather LaMarre, a professor in the College of Liberal Arts' School of Journalism and Mass Communication has been studying the role of Facebook and other social media platforms in political campaigns. She is trying to find out if social media actually matters in political campaigns. By comparing social media with more traditional forms of media, she is making discoveries that can help not only political candidates but also businesses and organizations understand the importance and effectiveness of the emerging social media.

Students at the University of Minnesota have the opportunity to learn firsthand from professors like Dr. LaMarre who are contributing to the landscape of academic knowledge in all of our academic programs. Students can get involved as easily as filling out a survey, participating in a focus group, or as in-depth as working with professors on their research or participating in our Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). 

UROP provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to conduct their own research or work side-by-side with a professor on his or her research. Through the program, students will work with a faculty member in the department they want to study to create a research proposal. If they are approved for research, students can be awarded money to carry out their own research. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for students to get to work side-by-side with some of our world renown professors, to get hand-on experience in the field they are interested and to get paid to do it!


My name is Zack Haas and I am the freshman admissions counselor for the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) at the University of Minnesota. 

I am from the small town of Hutchinson, Minnesota, which is about sixty miles west of the Twin Cities. Going into my senior year of high school, I knew that I wanted to be on a campus that would provide me with a lot more opportunities, and that is exactly what I found at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Throughout my four years in the College of Liberal Arts, I was able to play intramural volleyball and softball, participate in the University Political Science Student Association, find a great job at the Office of Admissions, and cheer on the Gopher football and men's basketball teams. Being on a campus located just five minutes from downtown Minneapolis also meant that I could take advantage of student discounts at movie theatres and Twins games as well. 

I graduated from the U of M 2008 with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. When I entered the University, I was really interested in Psychology but enrolled in the Introduction to Mass Communications course during my sophomore year. It was after that class that I realized that the Advertising track in the Journalism major (through the School of Journalism and Mass Communications) was the best fit for me. If you are undecided going into your senior year, don't worry! At the U of M, you have plenty of time to declare your major--until the end of your sophomore year, in fact. This way, you can spend two full years exploring your interests before choosing your major course of study. 

I enjoyed my time at the University so much that I never left. I spent my first year post-graduation working for the Department of Recreational Sports and in 2009, I returned to the Office of Admissions when I was hired as an admissions counselor. The University is a great place to go to college and a great place to work!

I hope that you will find this blog a good resource for you to information about the College of Liberal Arts and life on our campus. I hope you will check back in from time to time and feel free to leave comments or contact me directly at haas0126@umn.edu.


By Dorothy Cheng

The Minnesota State Fair is my favorite time of year. I usually spend at least a full day walking through all the buildings and barns....and eating, of course. My must-have state fair foods include cheese curds, pronto pups, cookies, and all-you-can-drink milk.

This year the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) has some really neat exhibits planned.  Below are just a sampling of cool features from the schedule of events. (I will definitely be attending the Physics Force exhibit on September 4!)

STEM Day at the Fair

Experience science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in a fun and interactive environment. 

Innovative Engineers Student Group

Come and see how Innovative Engineers is extending the reach of renewable energy to the developing world. The exhibit will include an interactive display which invites spectators to spin a 1kW wind turbine and generate electricity. The exhibit will also include informational displays and handouts of the work that the Innovative Engineers student group is currently doing. 

Engineers Without Borders

In this interactive presentation, students from the University's Engineers Without Borders student chapter will talk about their project in rural Guatemala. The group is partnering with the community of Simajuleu to provide a clean, dependable source of water to the village. Students from this group will show slides of their most recent trip, be interviewed on stage, and will answer questions from the audience. 

Center for Distributed Robotics

This entertaining demonstration features a variety of robots developed in the University of Minnesota's Center for Distributed Robotics, including a robot that is currently being used by law enforcement and the military in search and rescue missions and reconnaissance deployments. The robot, called Scout, is only about the size of a soda can, but is durable enough to break through a glass window and land safely and ready to begin its mission. The robot also has impressive technology such as sensors and cameras to help save lives in dangerous situations. 

Department of Chemistry/Alpha Chi Sigma

Chemistry is all around us. Come join the University of Minnesota Chemistry Outreach Program as we explore the everyday chemistry of your home. This exhibit features hands-on experiments to see how chemists have helped shape our lives. With us, you can explore basic polymers, acids/bases, and the chemistry behind some of the foods we eat. 

Physics Force

This group of wild and crazy physicists use highly visual and entertaining demonstrations to teach elements of physics. The Physics Force goes above and beyond (literally) to educate and entertain. Their blend of slapstick, prop comedy, and science is education for audiences of all ages. 

Solar Vehicle Project

A car that can travel on power from the sun may sound like science fiction, but it is a reality at the University of Minnesota. Come see the latest solar car built by U of M undergraduate students, which just recently won the 2009 Formula Sun Grand Prix, a closed-track race at MotorSport Ranch in Cresson, Texas. See the inner workings of the car and talk to members of the solar car team.

For details on these events and more, check out the schedule of events.

Ever wonder what kind of research is currently being done in the biological sciences? Take a look at the College of Biological Sciences Driven to Discover webpage. Here you will be able to read about current research being performed by professors and faculty in the College of Biological Sciences. And yes, these are professors and faculty that you as an undergraduate are able to conduct research with!

Being a history of medicine student myself, I found the current research being conducted by associate professor Mark Borello to be quite interesting. Dr. Borello, a professor in the College of Biological Sciences' Department for Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, just recently published a book on the history of the evolutionary debate. His book looks at a 20th century zoologist who defended the theory of group selection. A heavily debated theory at the time, Dr. Borello's book explores the sometime messy development of scienciftic theory. When studying the history of medicine as an undergraduate, I really enjoyed looking at the timeline of scientific theory. What we once was believed to be fact at sometime could be considered completely unorthodox 10, 15, or ever 20 years later. Very interesting.

If you are interested in reading about more of the current research being conducted by the College of Biological Sciences, take a look at our Driven to Discover webpage.

By Matt Sabongi

Calling all future doctors! Have you ever thought about what it takes to get into medical school?  If not, check out this helpful admissions tutorial created by the University of Minnesota's Medical School. This nine-minute overview explains the admissions requirements and what you can do to prepare yourself as a prospective applicant.

Here at the U of M, students have access to great support resources to help them with the transition between undergraduate and professional school. One of these resources is the University of Minnesota's Health Careers Center. One of several specialized career centers on campus, the Health Careers Center is a unique campus resource, designed to help students gear up for a programs in the health sciences, such as nursing, medical school, dental school, and pharmacy school. The center offers a variety of courses, sessions, online resources, and more to help get started on your future...today.

One of the courses offered by the Health Careers Center that I took as a student was a freshman seminar called Future Physicians. This seminar was a unique course that introduced students to medicine and what it is like to work as a physician. On a weekly basis, physicians came in to talk with us about their journeys to becoming doctors and their current careers. This was one of the most rewarding and interesting courses in my college career. If you are interested in learning more about some other courses offered by the Health Careers Center, check out their course list.

Hi everyone!

My name is Matthew Sabongi and I am the freshman admissions counselor for the College of Biological Sciences (also referred to as "CBS") here at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

I am originally from Woodbury, Minnesota, a suburb just east of the Twin Cities. I moved to Minneapolis after I graduated high school and have lived here ever since. Some of my favorite things include camping, hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, cooking, photography, music, traveling, and all adventure sports.

I graduated from the College of Biological Sciences in May 2010 earning a bachelor of science in Biochemistry and a minor in the History of Medicine. While I was a student, I was involved in a variety of activities. I was member to the CBS Student BoardCBS Student Ambassadors, and a Deans' Scholars mentor. In addition, I volunteered at Hennepin County Medical Center in Downtown Minneapolis as a book buddy where books to children throughout the hospital. I also worked as an assistant scientist in two labs. One of the labs I worked in was in the University's Medical School, where I studied signaling pathways in a little white blood cell called a neutrophil. In the other lab, I studied the structure of a membrane protein in heart and skeletal muscle cells.

For those of you with a passion for biology, the College of Biological Sciences is a great place! While you are a student in CBS, you will have the chance to participate in amazing opportunities on campus, in the Twin Cities, and even around the world. Some of these experiences might include studying abroad, conducting research, volunteering, teaching a class, and much more. Based on my own college career, I believe that being a student in CBS is a one-of-a-kind experience with limitless opportunities!

By Matt Coakley

Welcome Week starts on Wednesday, September 1, for students starting their freshmen year at the U of M this fall. It is a six-day event that is held the week before students start their first semester of college. It's a great opportunity for first-year students to meet new friends, get acquainted with our campus, move into their residence hall early, and learn about all the University has to offer. Each day of Welcome Week follows a different theme that helps students connect with the University, and make friends in the process!

My favorite day of Welcome Week is College Day. On this day, incoming freshmen start the morning with New Student Convocation. Convocation is an awesome event that kicks off the start of the first year of college. It is the celebration of the beginning of your college career! At the event, University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks, faculty, students, and staff share some words of advice to students about to embark on one of the most important and exciting journeys of their lives. The marching band also plays, and student learn the Minnesota Rouser (our fight song) and other traditional U of M songs and cheers.

After Convocation, student head to their College Day activities. College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) students travel to the St. Paul campus. In St. Paul, they participate in the CFANS Amazing Race. This is an activity where students will travel around the St. Paul campus, learning about CFANS through a wide variety of activities and challenges. I'm participating this year and it's going to be a blast!

Learn more about Welcome Week on the Orientation and First-Year Programs website (including photos and video from last year), and check out the Welcome Week Facebook page!

By Matt Coakley

Today I read an incredibly interesting article on the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) website called Saving Some Green. It talks about research that professors from CFANS are conducting on campus to see which plants can successfully live on a rooftop year-round in Minnesota's harsh weather conditions. I think that for someone like me who is always looking for ways to be more "green" and reduce our carbon footprint, this is a great example of steps that faculty at the U of M are taking to make urban environments a little more Earth friendly, while also potentially saving money on energy costs.

That is one of the things that I really enjoy about CFANS: We are always striving to find solutions to problems that are facing our society. Whether it is an energy crisis, global warming, or a food shortage, our faculty and students are always on the forefront of research to help make people's lives better!


My name is Matt Coakley. I am the freshman admissions counselor for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences here at the University of Minnesota. I'm writing this blog to keep you updated on the latest and greatest in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences and the U of M. By the way, you'll see that I often call the college "CFANS" for short since the name is long! 

Here is a little bio about me: I am originally from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, so naturally I am a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers. Some of my favorite hobbies are fishing, biking, downhill skiing, flag football, camping, and pretty much anything that involved the outdoors. I graduated this last May from CFANS with a major in Bioproducts Marketing and Management. This is a unique major that concentrates on the forest products industry along with renewable resources, bio-fuels, and bio-plastics. Along with this science-based course of study, I was able to take business classes at the Carlson School of Management to receive a minor in Management.

What I really enjoyed about being a student in CFANS was all of the hands-on learning that we were able to do. For example, in my major, we took classes on how to identify wood, we actually made our own Oriented Strand Board (OSB) which is used in the construction of houses, and we toured a number of different ethanol plants to learn firsthand how it is made. These opportunities put some life into what we were studying and enhanced our ability to comprehend a number of topics.

Anyway, I hope that you all will come back to my blog often. I will frequently be posting news articles and other exciting information about CFANS and the University. I'd love your comments on my blog entries, or you may also contact me directly at coakl006@umn.edu.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!


By Hilary Baril 

I am getting really excited for sorority recruitment, coming up during the second week of September! 

Recruitment is a time when women who are interested in joining the Greek community visit the sorority houses on campus to meet current members and decide which chapter they want to join. Not only is it an exciting time for the women going through recruitment, but also for current sorority members because we get to welcome new women into our community. 

While the decision to participate or not participate in Greek life is a personal choice for everyone, joining a sorority was one of the best decisions I made in my college career. I joined the first semester of my freshman year to get involved and meet people. Little did I know, I was joining a close-knit community that would provide me with many opportunities for personal growth.


My sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta

The Greek community here at the University of Minnesota is full of opportunities for leadership, scholarship, and service. Each sorority and fraternity has its own charity that they donate to, also known as its "philanthropy". Chapters hold events throughout the year to raise money for their particular philanthropy. My sorority's philanthropy is the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, which contributes funds to research in diabetes. We hold an annual pancake breakfast, a Trick-or-Treat for Change event, and a silent auction to raise money for our foundation. 

The Greek Community also participates in a number of service projects together, such as Feed My Starving Children and YMCA Helpers. Last year, U of M Greek members gave 50,000 hours in community service and raised over $215,000 for philanthropic organizations.

By being a part of the Greek community you can become a leader on many levels. I have held leadership positions within my own chapter and within the Panhellenic Council, the sorority governing body. I also had the opportunity to go with 80 other members of the Greek community to a nationally recognized leadership institute called the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute.

The Greek community also offers resources and support for its members to excel academically. We have study nights at Walter Library, support from our advisers, and academic programming. During finals week, we rent a classroom and bring plenty of food and have a study-a-thon.

Have I mentioned how much fun it is? We participate in numerous campus-wide events. During Homecomingsororities and fraternities are placed in teams in which we compete in cheer, lip-sync, the parade, and flag football. We also participate in Spring Jam events and have a Greek Weekend in which we have an all-chapter formal, speaker, and service event.

To learn more about the benefits of becoming Greek or to sign up for formal recruitment, visit the Be Greek website.

By Hilary Baril

I am sad to say that this will be my last year as an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota. I feel like I have accomplished nearly everything I wanted to in college and have really taken advantage of the great opportunities available to me. But there are so many fun things that I have always wanted to experience that I haven't yet had the chance to do. That's why I have created a bucket list for my senior year. So here's what I'm going to cross out before I become an alumna in the spring:

Stargazing at Tate Lab of Physics - Every Friday, the Department of Astronomy holds public viewings on the rooftop of the physics building. I have always wanted to look through their state-of-the-art telescopes and learn about the stars.

Center for Outdoor Adventure Trip - The Center for Outdoor Adventure puts on recreational activities and trips revolving around the great outdoors, such as backpacking, rock climbing, and canoe trips. The adventures are held on weekends and are significantly discounted for students. I'm planning to go on the Boundary Waters Expedition.

Campus Freeze - Once a year, U of M students stop what they are doing and freeze in the Northrup Mall for 5 minutes. I have always been busy when it has happened, but it really is a site to see. Hopefully I can be a part of the great tradition this year. Check out this video of the freeze from last year.

Golden Gopher Basketball - I am a huge sports fan and have had University of Minnesota men's hockey and football season tickets every year and have been to numerous baseball and volleyball games, and even gymnastics meets. So it's hard to believe that I have never been to a single men's basketball game! I love watching basketball and this year I am going to try to go to at least one game.

Sounds of the Season - Every winter, the University of Minnesota choirs join together at Ted Mann Concert Hall for the holiday concert "Sounds of the Season." It is the perfect way to start winter break.

Pay It Forward Tour - The Pay It Forward Tour is a community service trip organized by nationwide student organization Students Today Leaders Forever (it was founded at the U of M!). Over spring break in March, students travel around the nation on a charter bus to volunteer in communities in need. Forget rest and relaxation, this year I'm dedicating my time to service!

Support the U Day - Every February, hundreds of students lead by the Minnesota Student Association gather at the state capitol for "Support the U Day" to talk to state legislators about major issues that the University and its students are facing. This year I want to take advantage of this great leadership opportunity and talk to local legislators for my fellow students.


By Hilary Baril

The University of Minnesota offers some amazing facilities for student athletes. By "student athletes," I'm not only talking about Division I varsity athletes, but all students that love to play sports and be active. One of these great facilities is the Baseline Tennis Center (BTC).



Baseline Tennis Center is one the best facilities for college tennis in the nation. It is the home of the men's and women's Division I Golden Gopher teams and has 10 indoor and 12 outdoor courts. With seating on both ends, the indoor courts offer a great atmosphere for spectators. There is a pro-shop that has a variety of merchandise, including tennis apparel, shoes, and rackets. They also offer a racket stringing service!

I am no Serena Williams, but I have a ton of fun going to play a few games at the BTC. Weather permitting, I like to play outside, but if I feel the need to play in the middle of the winter, I play at the indoor courts for a small fee. Beginners are welcome too! A former Gopher tennis player teaches lessons during the season and off-season. There's also a beginning tennis class that students can take for credit through the Department of Physical Education. 

By Dorothy Cheng

Many students have no idea what they want to study when they start college. I starting to believe answer this question is a life-long process. I graduated two years ago and I'm still figuring out what I want to do when I "grow up" (though I've got a pretty great gig now!). 

When I was a student, I worked in a variety of different jobs and the ones I liked the most involved math education. I worked both as a private tutor and as a Peer Assisted Learning facilitator for SMART Learning Commons on campus. After graduating, I taught Algebra 1 and Geometry for one year in Kansas City, Missouri, through Teach for America. I don't think teaching high school is my calling, but I still feel very passionately about every person's right to an education. I'm in the process of figuring out where that passion will take me in the future. For now, I'm very happy to be back at the University of Minnesota because I really enjoy working with students and their families as they prepare for college. 

I know from experience that the College of Science and Engineering prepares its students to do exciting, world-changing things after graduation. For example, two recent grads have created a start-up company called NewWater. Joe Mullenbach, a former mechanical engineering student, and Alex Johansson, a former chemistry student, are taking what they learned in classrooms at the U of M and creating a commercial product.

Atrazine is an herbicide which is used by many farmers in the U.S. From their U of M professors, Joe and Alex learned about a microbe which can degrade Atrazine. Now, they are hoping to create a filter which will reduce Atrazine concentration in water.

Listen to these grads explain their idea and see their lab:


You can read more about the company on the CSE website

By Dorothy Cheng

When I started planning to move into Middlebrook Hall my first year, I got a little stressed out. I didn't know if I was going to like my roommate, how I would ever find my way around campus, or how to fit all my clothes (and shoes) in my new closet. The first few weeks were hectic, but really exciting as I met so many new people and started classes. I heard a lot about student groups, but I wasn't sure if I had the extra time to join one. As an incoming freshman, you may want to take a little while to get used to your new surroundings and classes, but once you get your schedule figured out I definitely recommend joining a student group.

One student group that's very important to the College of Science and Engineering is Engineers Without Borders (EWB). They undertake international service projects, travel abroad to implement them, and apply the engineering skills they learn in the classroom. This April, a documentary featuring the efforts of EWB in Uganda was released in Minneapolis. A team of engineers from the University of Minnesota helped bring clean drinking water to villagers in Uganda. The documentary is called "Water for Mulobere." Check it out!


My name is Dorothy Cheng and I'm the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) freshman admissions counselor at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. 

I graduated from CSE in 2009 with a double major in mathematics and statistics. During college, I volunteered as a tour guide, traveled internationally, worked in a research lab on campus, performed my own research for my statistics senior paper, and saw a lot of free movies at Coffman Memorial Union. CSE provides its students with amazing opportunities and I'm thrilled to be able to share those with you!

My most memorable experience at the U of M was traveling to China to take an electrical engineering course in May of my junior year. I spent three weeks traveling from Beijing to Shanghai to Hong Kong touring nanotechnology labs at major universities in China. I also got to climb the Great Wall and ate a lot of tasty food.

I hope you find this blog a good resource to learn more about CSE as you get to know the U of M and plan for your future. I'd love to hear from you via the comments tool on this blog, or contact me directly at chen0785@umn.edu.


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