I am driven to track and improve a child’s readiness for kindergarten

Phil Zelazo is closing the opportunity gap by assessing and developing executive function skills in children. Learn more about executive function’s role in closing the opportunity gap.

Measuring what matters

Start-up Reflection Sciences is closing the opportunity gap by putting a simple tool in the hands of teachers. Learn more about Reflection Sciences.

Charting the growing brain

Jed Elison leads in the search for early indicators of behavioral development that could change a child’s life. Learn more about early indicators.

We are #UMNdriven


“Throughout my years at the U, taking one opportunity has opened the door for another opportunity and pushed me out of my comfort zone, which has helped me figure out what I want to do and where I want to go with the rest of my life. This last semester I want to remember all of the hard work I've done in the past 3 and a half years and use that to finish out the year strong.”

Hannah ’16
Biological Sciences


“Design reflects and shapes culture. Design can be art and self expression, but also has a purpose to influence other people. Not everyone gets the opportunity to let their message be heard.”

Sarah J. ’17
Graphic Design


“My favorite thing about the U... the people here. Everywhere you go, in your classes, clubs, and social settings, there are a huge variety of backgrounds and personalities. It makes for a more interesting place.”

Jamie ’16
Finance, Management Information Systems, Entrepreneurial Management


“My time at the U so far has been about creating new opportunities for my future. I eventually want to go on to PT school to become a physical therapist. And of course, I want to make my mom proud.”

Jimmy ’18


“I think proper communication is important for solving problems in society. People misconstrue things all the time. I think words are very powerful and often times not valued. People say things and don’t care about the context.”

Zach S. ’17
Strategic Communication