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Career Center for Science and Engineering

Announcements from September 2011

ACEC Scholarships for CSE Students

September 11, 2011

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota (ACEC/MN), a Minnesota trade association dedicated to advancing the practice of consulting engineering, is proud to once again offer scholarships to promising young engineering students.

Last year, ACEC/MN awarded 8 scholarships ranging from $2000 - $3500. These scholarships are made possible by donations from ACEC/MN firms. Four special scholarships will be awarded this year:

  • $2,500 Don Stormoe Geotechnical Scholarship (to a student with a geotechnical focus)
  • $2,500 BPK&Z CPA's & Consultants and Coleman Hull van Vliet Scholarship (Golf
  • Tournament Title Sponsor)
  • The Bob Rosene Scholarship (to a student with a civil focus)
  • The top-qualifying candidate will receive the Earl Oxley scholarship

To qualify, a student must be:

  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in an accredited engineering program or in an
  • accredited land surveying program
  • Entering their junior, senior, fifth or pursing a Master's in the fall of 2012
  • A U.S. citizen

If you need a scholarship application or would like further information on ACEC/MN or consulting engineering, visit the web site at

Students will be ranked based on leadership skills, school involvement, community activities, work experience, academic achievement and their understanding of consulting engineering. Each portion of the application has a specific point value and is ranked separately. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications due by: November 4, 2011

To request a hard copy of the scholarship application or if you have any questions, please contact the CCSE at or 612-624-4090.

Career Fair Tip of the Week - Preparing Your Elevator Pitch

September 7, 2011

The Fall 2011 Science and Engineering Career fair is only four days away! By now you should start thinking about how you will introduce yourself to recruiters. If you are nervous about talking with employers, a helpful solution is to practice a 30 second introduction to break the ice. Include:

  • Your name
  • Year in school
  • Major
  • Brief overview of skills and experiences
  • Your objective (what type of position you are seeking)
  • Ask questions that demonstrate your knowledge of the company

Example "Elevator Pitch":

Hi, my name is Mark Simonsen-Warner, it's nice to meet you. I'm a junior in the College of Science and Engineering majoring in Electrical Engineering. My background includes coursework in electrical circuits and digital system design and I'm familiar with the MATLAB and SPICE programs. I am looking for an electrical engineering internship for this coming summer. I know that your company has recently expanded their product line to include wireless communication devices and I am really interested in this area. I saw you posting on GoldPASS and I feel that I would be a strong candidate for your internship program.

Practice an introduction like this and it will ease a lot of tension when meeting employers and serves as a great conversation starter.

Good luck at the career fair! If you need additional preparation resources, visit our office in 390 Shepherd Labs or our website at

Career Fair Tip of the Week - Is Your Resume Ready for the Career Fair?

September 2, 2011

The Fall 2011 Science and Engineering Career Fair is only days away! Make sure your resume is updated and polished by attending this Fall's Resume Marathon.

Monday, September 12, 2011; 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; TCF Bank Stadium (enter at "Benton County" Premium Ticket Entrance).

IMPORTANT: You must bring a paper copy of your resume.

The Career Center for Science and Engineering (CCSE) will be offering 10 minute resume reviews by CCSE staff and employer partners. Arrive early to ensure you receive a resume review (the Resume Marathon will be first-come, first-serve and no advance appointments can be made).

If you currently do not have a resume and need to create one, please see our Resume Guide here:

For more information, please contact us at or 612-624-4090.