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As a student in the College of Liberal Arts, you will have the support to thrive academically, personally, and professionally. We have great resources to help you succeed in all aspects of your undergraduate career!

Today, students in the College of Liberal Arts are invited to the largest student career fair in Minnesota! The College of Liberal Arts Career Services office, in conjuntion with the four other U of M campuses, is bringing over 200 organizations to the Minneapolis Convention Center to recruit students in all of our liberal arts majors.

College of Liberal Arts Career Services also offers additional support throughout the rest of the school year, and even up to a year past graduation. Through their office, you will have the support to not only find job and internship opportunities through individual appointments and our GoldPASS website, but also polish your interviewing skills though our mock interviews and workshops and fine-tune your resume through resume critiques. 

You can learn more about the services provided by the College of Liberal Arts Career Services Office here

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton recently attended the Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Alliance Banquet. He spoke about his efforts to protect the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in his new budget, and of the importance of hunting and fishing in the state of Minnesota. It is so great to see that our governor understands the importance of conserving and preserving the natural resources of our state.

Many students in College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) are currently preparing for careers in the Department of Natural Resources. Some example of CFANS majors that will prepare students for a DNR career are Environmental Science Policy and Management, Forest Resources, Recreation Resource Management, and Fisheries and Wildlife. Each of these majors include hands-on learning opportunities. For example, forestry  students conduct research at the Cloquet Forestry Center, and fisheries and wildlife students join the Conservation Biology Club in working on wildlife rehabilitation at the Sarita Wetlands.

During the banquet, two of our current fisheries and wildlife students were honored with Joseph N. Alexander Scholarships. The scholarship is named for the late Joe Alexander, who served as Minnesota game warden and DNR commissioner. It is great to see the students of CFANS recieving such support from the communities working to protect our state's resources.

CFANS has truly set itself apart as a college dedicated to the preservation of our natural resources, and we are educating students that will continue our conservation efforts for years to come. If you are interested in a career in natural resources, I hope you'll visit our website to learn more!


The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is a truly fascinating place. As a student, I was amazed with how many new and exciting things I could discover day after day on campus. I think that one of the most fascinating places on campus is the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, housed on the University's St. Paul campus.

Since 1974, the University of Minnesota Raptor Center has educated and trained students, researchers, and professionals from around the world about raptor medicine and conservation. Partnering with the University of Minnesota's Department of Veterinary Medicine, the Raptor provides a hub for educational programs and events for the University of Minnesota and surrounding community.

When you're on campus, I encourage you to check the Raptor Center. If you live in the metro area and are interested in sharing your time and talents, The Raptor Center has volunteer opportunities. In addition, the center offers training programs like Basic Raptor Rehabilitation and Avian Orthopedic Workshop. 

The College of Education and Human Development prides itself using technology to enhance education inside and outside the classroom. This past fall, CEHD first-year students were welcomed to campus with brand-new iPads. The iPads were part of a privately funded pilot program--one of the largest of its kind in the nation!

Learn more about the CEHD iPad program here.

In a new College of Biological Sciences course entitled BIOL 4950 Special Topics in Biology: Exploring Mississippi Metagenomics, students are the principal investigators in ambitious research project to catalog the Mississippi River's microbes. In this course, each student leads a research project that contributes to a larger study of the metagenomics - the study the DNA of all microorganisms found in a given environment - of the Mississippi River.

The Mississippi Metagenome Project research project that aims at gathering genetic information of microbes that survive along the Mississippi River, from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico. One of the goals of the program is study how human activity is affecting the biodiversity of microogranisms along the Mississippi.

This exciting course introduces students to two facinating aspects of biology--metagenomics and research. Check out the Exploring Mississippi Metagenomics video and learn about this fascinating experience for University of Minnesota and College of Biological Science students!  

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