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October 12, 2009

GITA Scholarship Award Program 2009-2010

GITA's Minnesota Chapter has established a scholarship award program for 2009-2010. This award is open to individual students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in geospatial studies (e.g., GIS, Geography with GIS concentration, or similar) at a Minnesota University or College. This is a one-time award based on a competitive process for best application or project utilizing geospatial technologies. Applicants are required to submit a project summary and one letter of recommendation.

Applications are due no later than December 1, 2009.
One student will be awarded a Grand Prize of at least $1000 in cash.
Additional prizes of up to $750 each will also be awarded to students applying for the scholarships.
Find scholarship application and materials at http://gita.org/chapters/minnesota/minn.asp

Rick Person
Minnesota Chapter, Geospatial Information & Technology Association

Electronic Submission of Plan A Theses

To: Directors of Graduate Studies
DGS Assistants
From: The Graduate Student Services and Progress (GSSP) staff
The GSSP staff is pleased to announce improvements to the master's thesis submission process. Effective October 15, 2009, master's Plan A/professional engineering design project students will be able to submit their thesis to the Graduate School electronically. Master's students submitting their thesis electronically will:

submit a PDF of their thesis to a designated email address - mastetd@umn.edu
not be required to pay the current $10 binding fee
not be required to submit two unbound paper copies of their thesis to the Graduate School
have their thesis available in the University's Digital Conservancy (UDC) at http://conservancy.umn.edu.
Students submitting electronically are required to participate in the UDC. Those unable to submit electronically or who elect not to participate in the UDC, must complete the current paper submission process by submitting two unbound paper copies of their thesis and the related $10 binding fee to the Graduate School.

A notice promoting the new electronic submission process is available at http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/etd/ETD_Ad.pdf. We ask that you post copies of this notice near and within your graduate program office to promote this service. Thank you for your help with sharing the information about electronic submission. An updated version of the master's guidelines, which outline information about thesis formatting and both the electronic and paper submission processes is also available at http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/masters/submission.html. If you have questions or concerns, please contact GSSP at gsmast@umn.edu.

Amber Knapp
Coordinator, Masters and Certificate Degree Services

UofM Graduate Education Workgroups

Follow the links below to stay informed about changes to graduate education at the U.

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

I am pleased to announce the two work groups that will build on the work begun last spring by the Committee on Graduate Education. The work groups will focus on unresolved issues noted in President Bruininks' June 26, 2009 report. Work group recommendations are due to me on December 1 and will be posted at that time for public comment. For more information, see the work group on academic issues and processes and the work group on student administrative processes or visit the provost's office Web site.

Sincerely,

E. Thomas Sullivan
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost