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UMM: Unique Academic Opportunities
UMM has everything you'd expect at a quality liberal arts institution... and special opportunities you can't find anywhere else.
Research scholarship... and scholarships!
The opportunity to expand the body of knowledge in a field by
participating in scholarly research is a hallmark of superior
undergraduate institutions. UMM takes great pride in its undergraduate research programs. Each
spring, the campus hosts the
Symposium, an annual showcase of investigation, creativity and
scholarship presented by students who have participated in independent
research, capstone projects, or exploration with faculty, some through the
Academic Partners or Undergraduate
Research Opportunities financial stipend programs.
Reaching out through the Center for Small Towns
UMM is home to the Center for Small Towns, an outreach program extending University
resources to rural Minnesota communities. Students participate in internships and service learning projects, assisting citizens with a
wide range of tasks including surveys, data analysis, wastewater infrastructure, technology implementation, asset mapping, inventorying
renewable energy assets, increasing activity among senior citizens and civic involvement in youth, increased and affordable access to
healthcare through collective purchasing, and GIS mapping, among many others.
Renowned guest speakers
In addition to participating in the Twin Cities campus'
Conversations" series via ITV downlink, UMM offers an impressive number of
lecture programs bringing noted speakers to campus:
- Campus Activity Council Convocations
- The Driggs Lecture
- Midwest Philosophy Colloquium
- The Barber Lecture
- First Year Seminar Convocations
- The Latterell Lecture
Ralph Nader at UMM
Odds are, you'll study abroad.
UMM students enjoy an educational experience with a strong global perspective. Programs such
as Study Abroad, the English Language Teaching Assistant Program (ELTAP),
and Global Student Teaching (GST) send almost 50% of UMM
students to international destinations before graduation. Next
stop: China! UMM is currently participating in a unique student
exchange pilot program between our campus and universities in China.
Sometimes the Chancellor can't get a
All that jazz may be happening at other college campuses, but few
undergraduates can say they've performed alongside the nationally and
internationally renowned musicians who participate each spring in UMM's
annual Jazz Fest, co-hosted by the UMM Jazz Ensembles and the Campus
Activities Council Performing Arts Committee.
Three days of jazz
are followed by three nights of sold-out performances featuring jazz
groups and guest artists such as Jamey Aebersold, Wayne Bergeron, Richie
Cole, Steve Houghton, Ingrid Jensen, Eric Marienthal, Ellis Marsalis, Red
Rodney, Ed Shaughnessey, Bobby Shew, Dave Stahl, Butch Thompson, Ross
Tomkins, Bobby Watson, Ernie Watts, Sarah Jane Cion, Sherrie Maricle,
Sarah Morrow, and Jane Bunnett.
Some years, not even the
can get a ticket!
UMM and PBS
Soon to enter its 18th season, the Pioneer Public Television program,
"Prairie Yard and Garden," is produced by UMM's Media Services Department,
affording UMM students the opportunity to work on a popular and
highly-esteemed PBS series. PBS stations frequently share
locally-produced programming; "Prairie Yard and Garden" is broadcast
across the country by stations including key markets in Chicago and
Students get hands-on experience with a wide variety of magnificent material when they participate in UMM's Opera Workshop, a course that culminates
in a public showcase each spring. The event provides many students (and area residents) with their first exposure to one of music's most
Maximum interaction with esteemed guests
Endowed professorships have long been a hallmark of the nation's finest
institutions of higher learning. UMM's Distinguished Visiting
Professorship was made possible thanks to a generous Campaign Minnesota
contribution by Dr. Elizabeth "Bettina" Blake, UMM vice chancellor and
academic dean emerita and professor emerita of French.
Visiting Professorship seeks to provide maximum interaction with national
and international persons of accomplishment; in the spring of 2005, UMM
was pleased to welcome Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, renowned historian and
scholar and the founder of the Grammy-winning "Sweet Honey in the
Rock," for a two-week visit that included public lectures and
performances, class visits, and rehearsals with campus choirs.