The University of Minnesota, Morris has an active, vibrant, and supportive tradition of independent student research. Students in the German Studies Discipline who wish to engage in projects of interest, or work with faculty on projects, are encouraged to do so and can present their work on campus. There are also opportunities to present papers at conferences––local, regional, and beyond.
One of the best opportunities in German Studies is to travel to a German-speaking nation. Students interested in a foreign study experience may spend a semester or a full year in Berlin (Humboldt University), Vienna (Center for Central European Studies), or Freiburg (University of Freiburg) through the Institute of European Studies. Language prerequisites vary for each program. Internships are available at all of them. Through the Learning Abroad Center, students may also participate in bilateral exchanges to Austria and Karl Franzens University in Graz and with the University of Salzburg.
Financial support for student research is available through many venues. University funding opportunities are consolidated by the Academic Center for Enrichment (ACE). One example is the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), a University-wide program which provides academically talented students the opportunity to earn up to $1,400 assisting faculty with scholarly and creative projects.
Another, the Morris Academic Partners program (MAP), is unique to the Morris campus and provides paid research partnerships to academically talented, qualified third-year students. The standard stipend is $2,000. The Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program (MMP) affords students of color the opportunity to receive a $2,000 stipend for working with faculty or staff on year-long projects.
Student work at Morris has also been funded by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the Community Assistance Program (CAP). [LINK: http://www.cura.umn.edu/CAP] Faculty research funding obtained independently via grants or from other awards may also create paid positions for students to assist in research projects.