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News Items

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Soaking up clues from freshwater sponges

UMN Crookston researchers, aided by students, are shedding light on freshwater sponges in Minnesota, which may be indicators of water quality. Continue reading.

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Explorers of the Inland Seas

UMN Duluth’s Large Lakes Observatory marks 25 years of discovery. Dive into the story.

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Working with communities to end addiction

Researcher Kerry Michael is partnering with communities in Minnesota’s eighth judicial district to fight addiction. Learn more about ways that UMN experts are partnering with Minnesotans to fight the opioid crisis.

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Transforming a smile and a life

Student Emily Padilla wants to enable everyone to see dentistry as an art that can transform well-being and self-esteem. Learn more about the opportunities Emily Padilla has found at UMN Rochester.

We are #UMNdriven

Student

"At the U of M, I get to sit in the same class with great professors who don't just teach me academic materials but also valuable knowledge for my career and personal growth."

Hilmi J.
Civil Engineering

Student

"I want to make a difference in the education system. I want to reform the policies that govern the key to escaping the cycle, I want to work closely with those who understand the importance of an education and the exponential benefits it provides."

Jael K.
Finance and Marketing

Student

"I was an intern in the US Senate. Working as a staffer is all about comprehension and communication, and my majors both provide a strong basis for that."

Ian K.
English and Political Science

Student

"I miss working with kids in the close and intensive way that you do when you are their special education teacher. But being a grad student allows me to learn more about how to better support the students for whom I most care (about)”

Britta B
Special Education PhD

Student

“I chose this path [becoming a Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) teacher] because I am driven to understand issues that impact the lives of the people in the Deaf community and what I can do to contribute—especially towards Deaf children’s education.”

Aaron W
Special Education DHH MEd

Student

"Thanks to support from the College of Liberal Arts, I was able to complete internships in both Los Angeles and New York working in media and journalism. These internships not only helped me to make friends in my field and narrow my career goals, but also gave me the experience of locating alone to an incredibly large city."

Palmer H
English and French