University of Minnesota, Morris students are central to all Center for Small Towns’ programs. By providing organizations with valuable, specialized, low-cost assistance on a wide variety range of activities including: applied research, coordination of programs or projects, resource assessments, and promotional writings. Students are involved through paid employment, internships, directed studies, or by volunteering.
There are a number of ways that students become involved in community projects at the University of Minnesota, Morris including community service, course offerings, directed studies, employment, internships, service learning (through course work), and volunteerism.
CST Student Handbook [PDF]
Ways to get student assistance:
CST student projects:
- List of Projects from 2011–2012
- List of Projects from 2010–2011
- List of Projects from 2009-2010
- List of Projects from 2008-2009
- List of Projects from 2007-2008
- List of Projects from 2006-2007
- List of Projects from 2005-2006
- List of Projects from 2004-2005
- List of Projects from 2003-2004
The student is surveying everything the campus is doing to be sustainable. The University gets “points” in three major categories: education/research, operations, and planning/administration/engagement. The survey was created by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Upper Sioux Community – Renewable Energy
The student is doing research in renewable energy options of the Upper Sioux Community to implement. The student is determining what combination of wind and solar energy makes the most economic sense and will present the information to the tribal council at the end of his term.
Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission
The student is working with the UMVRDC to help small communities identify their priorities. The student will then help provide the communities with the tools, ideas, and resources they need to reach their goals.
Core Sampling in Lake Wakanga
The student is working with University of Minnesota, Morris professor Jim Cotter to take core samples from Lake Wakanga near Willmar, MN. The samples will be used to determine the effect of a ditch that has been depositing run-off water into the lake for the past 50 years.