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Grant Remmen is a National Merit Scholar who has been heavily involved in undergraduate research since he was a freshman attending the University of Minnesota. Grant has recently been awarded a prestigious Hertz Fellowship to support his future graduate studies. Considered to be the nation's most prestigious and generous support for graduate education in applied sciences and engineering, the Hertz Fellowship is valued at more than $250,000 per student, with support lasting up to five years.

Remmen will graduate summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering this spring and will begin graduate school this fall in pursuit of his Ph.D. Read on to get an inside look at Grant's experience at the University of Minnesota:

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Name: Grant Remmen
Hometown: Detroit Lakes, MN
Astrophysics, physics, and mathematics
Year of graduation: 2012

- Which U of M experiences have prepared you the most for your future?

"The U of M offers a plethora of undergraduate research opportunities. The ability to delve into research starting in my freshman year and continuing throughout my undergraduate studies at the U of M has well prepared me for success in graduate school and a career in science."

-  What have been the highlights of your time at the U of M? 

"There have been many academic highlights to my time at the U of M. Because of my undergraduate research at the U of M, I was presented with many awards. A few of the awards I have received include:

  • Goldwater Scholarship
  • American Astronomical Society Chambliss Medal for exemplary research
  • University College London Dean's International Student Scholarship
  • Hertz Fellowship for graduate school
  • National Science Foundation Fellowship for graduate school

"A major highlight from my time at the U of M was a May Session study abroad experience in Italy, studying the work of Galileo and Leonardo daVinci. Spending a month in Florence and Rome allowed me to gain unforgettable experiences in getting to know a new culture and become globally engaged.

"My research experiences at the U of M have also been major highlights of my undergraduate education. Working with the University of Minnesota's world-class faculty, I have been able to conduct research on the Milky Way's dark matter, black holes, and even engage in Hubble Space Telescope research on Eta Carinae, a massive star system. These experiences have prepared me to excel in my graduate studies and my future career as a physicist."

- Can you comment on your interactions with your U of M professors? 

"Undergraduate research has allowed me the opportunity of working closely with remarkable faculty members at the University of Minnesota. By delving into current research problems with the University's leading investigators, students are able to develop connections with faculty outside of classes; the mentorship of University of Minnesota faculty has been a key component in preparing me for success."

- Would you recommend the U of M to high school students, and why?

"I would enthusiastically recommend the University of Minnesota to prospective students. At the U of M, you will find challenging academics, engaging professors, and cutting-edge research opportunities, which will well prepare you to excel in a career or in graduate school."

In a recent ranking by the Academic Ranking of World Universities,  the University of Minnesota placed 14th in the world in the field of Economics/Business. As a business student at the Carlson School of Management (CSOM) at the U of M, I was especially happy to hear that the school has moved up in the ranking this year.

Additionally, it is a very exciting time to be around the Carlson School of Management because next week is Business Week! Business Week is a one-week celebration focusing on Carlson students and the connection Carlson has to the business community. I am currently on the planning committee for the many events at occur throughout the week, and I am looking forward to all that Business Week has to offer!

The first event in Business Week is a case competition this Friday. A case competition involves teams of students who are put into a business situation and asked to present their proposed actions to a panel of judges. Then, on Saturday, there will be a 5K race to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis. SAFA (Student Accounting & Finance Association) is a student organization at the U of M and will be hosting the 5K.

Next Monday kicks off the rest of the week. Each morning and afternoon, there is a free breakfast and lunch in the Carlson atrium. Companies located throughout the Twin Cities, such as General Mills, Ernst and Young, Ecolab, and many others, sponsor these meals. This gives the recruiters from each company an opportunity to speak with the students who are candidates for future internships and positions within the company.

There are also evening events during the week; including the Price is Right (where tons of prizes will be given to lucky contestants!), an Etiquette Dinner, the Take it to the Bank Networking Event hosted by young alumni from The Gophers of the Last Decade (GOLD), and a Business Day Dinner. The Business Day Dinner is the culmination of Business Week and represents the collaboration between students, staff, faculty, and business professionals. To celebrate the accomplishments of the Carlson community, awards will be presented to outstanding students, faculty, and recruiters of the year. There is even a keynote speaker who connects this year's theme, "Find Your Fit," to her personal experiences and our daily lives.

To learn more about what Business Week is and about the events that will be held during the week, visit the Business Week website.

If you would like to visit the U of M and the Carlson School of Management, click here to schedule your visit today!

ABC.jpgRelay for Life is a very popular event at the University of Minnesota, and always ends up being attended by a large amount of students. U of M student groups form teams to raise money for the American Cancer Society; the ultimate goal is to honor cancer survivors and remember people we have lost, but also to raise funds and awareness to help save lives. The teams walk in a relay around Bierman Field and set up campsites for the entire night. This year, the event will be held on Friday, April 27.

To help raise money for Relay for Life, the student organization Business Association of Multicultural Students (BAM) is hosting the Angel Benefit Concert this Thursday, April 5th. I have already RSVP'd for the Concert, and I can't wait!

There will be four great performances to watch tomorrow night. MinnesoTap is "a student-lead tap ensemble promoting cultural and historical awareness of a truly American art form." Members of Pi Eta Sigma will be performing a step show, and William Within, a band who plays folk/Americana music across the Twin Cities, will also be performing that evening. Finally, the Enchantments, a woman's a cappella group, will end the night with a few of their own songs.

The food and prizes are another amazing part of this event. Raising Canes and other Twin Cities restaurants will cater the Angel Benefit Concert, and there will even be a chocolate fountain. The raffle prizes include gifts from corporate sponsors, gift cards to local restaurants, and an iPod touch. To attend this event, tickets are sold in advance for $5 and at the door for $8. It will be held in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union. This is a great way to have fun, get free food and prizes, and support Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. I know I'm going to have a blast this Thursday. If you're near campus, please check out this awesome event!

For more information about the Angel Benefit Concert or Business Association of Multicultural Students (BAM), visit the BAM website at http://www.bam4biz.com/. To learn more about Relay for Life and how you can help make a difference, click here! View the save-the-date video for the Angel Benefit Concert below to get an even better idea of what the event will be like. Hope to see you there!

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