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Devin Dykes, arms folded, in a lab in front of a blackboard.

Ecologically minded student researcher

Devin Dykes delves into chemistry, studio arts, and helping more students of color discover STEM fields. Read about this outstanding student.

An illustration of the Mobile Dental Clinic

Bringing dental care to Minnesotans (and vice versa)

The Mobile Dental Clinic and other partnerships bring dental care to communities where it’s most needed. Learn more about dentistry outreach.

Ashley Plouff sitting on the floor

Developing the right skills for the job

Ashley Plouff’s nontraditional path combines work and education to enrich each experience. Read more about Plouff.

Researchers, including a man in a red pullover, discuss ideas.

The other great Minnesota get-together

Grand Challenges Research Expo brings experts of all stripes together to change the world. We challenge you to learn more.

We are #UMNdriven

Student

“I am a member of the Pride of Minnesota Marching Band, and throughout the three marching seasons I’ve already completed, I have learned so much about myself and my fellow marchers. I’ve learned that I am a natural leader, and I have a passion in helping others succeed. I also strive for perfection, excellence, and have a high regard for a good work ethic, responsibility, passion, and drive. Marching band has taught me that over 300 people can come together and create something amazing, yet every single person has a huge contribution.”

Sarah L.
Graphic Design

Student

“I find inspiration from the moments in my life when I am faced with challenges. Often times, when life knocks me down, I remember that although I may not be swimming, I am not sinking either, but instead I am floating. In this, I have learned how to persevere in moments of trial and tribulation. As a result, I have discovered a passion for networking with people and giving back for the greater good of different communities.”

Alexis M.
Agricultural Communications and Marketing

Student

“I find my inspiration in my fellow students. Being surrounded by so many passionate and driven people inspires me to push myself and encourages me when I begin to doubt myself. I love hearing about the changes that other people aim to make for this world. Their optimism and ambition inspires me to create the changes that I wish to see happen in this world.”

Jayme O.
English Literature

Student

“Life can throw so much at us, but it is how we handle these situations so we can grow from them. I hope to help as many individuals as I can to overcome adversity they may be facing in their own life. I want to show them they can get through anything just like I did.”

Duke P.
Sports Management

Student

“I find inspiration in people. I love hearing stories and accomplishments of my peers because it gives me motivation and fuel to keep working on my own goals. I’m passionate about building things that help others. That’s one of the main reasons I love studying cultural entrepreneurship. I have great mentors who encourage me and help me as I develop my business.”

Sebastian N.
Cultural Entrepreneurship

Student

“Develop deep creative and intellectual kinships. Engage in an ethic of strategic risk and discomfort to reorient your biases and attitudes. Appreciate deconstruction as an ethic of practice. Don't take language for granted. Read, create, connect, repeat.”

Justin J.
PhD, Organizational Leadership Policy and Development