PRISM Scholars Newsletter

January 19, 2022

Voice of Inspiration

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Upcoming Events


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Please plan to join us for this exciting opportunity for PRISM mentees and mentors from Century College, Minneapolis College, Normandale Community College, and Augsburg University to engage with a national leader regarding building inclusive STEM communities where all students and faculty can thrive.

The mentee session is for all PRISM scholars. There are two one-hour virtual sessions - just choose the one that works best for your schedule using the registration link below. Please don't miss this opportunity!

The mentor session is for all PRISM faculty mentors, and other interested STEM faculty are welcome to join the session.

We gratefully acknowledge the funding provided through NSF S-STEM Award #2030638.

Scholar Workshops - Mentoring up: Strategies to enlist the support of your professors, advisors, and mentors in your academic journey - THURSDAY 1/20/22

3:00PM - 4:00PM Central (Choose one time)

6:00PM - 7:00PM Central (Choose one time)

It's not too late to register - all scholars are welcome!

PRISM Faculty Mentorship Workshop - Difficult conversations in mentoring

In this workshop, the facilitator will share some themes from student listening sessions followed by features of mentoring conversations that can be challenging to navigate. Participants will have an opportunity to work through multiple situations with peers and generate a range of strategies. Mentors will engage in brainstorming how they can draw upon their departmental and campus contexts to further support their mentoring culture.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

3:00 - 5:00 PM Central

PRISM Faculty Mentors: Please email Rebekah Dupont at and she will add you to the calendar invite.


STEM Opportunities

Paid Summer Internships with the MN Department of Natural Resources

MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR) internships offer:

  • Competitive salary of $15/hour
  • 20 - 40 hours/week
  • Starting dates in May and June
  • Opportunities located throughout Minnesota
  • Academic credit may be available

The deadline to apply for any DNR internship is January 31.

To apply:

  1. Go to the Minnesota Careers website at
  2. In the External Applicants box, select "Search for jobs now"
  3. Enter "intern" in the Keywords field on the Job Search Page
  4. Select "Natural Resources Dept" in the "Agency" column on the left side of the page
  5. Choose the internship(s) you're interested in
  6. Click the "Apply for Job" button to submit your application

Systematics and Evolutionary Biology Research at the American Museum of Natural History

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Systematics and Evolutionary Biology brings approximately 10 students to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City each summer for a ten-week experience working with curators, faculty, and post-doctoral fellows. The program dates for 2022 are May 31 - August 5.

Research projects span diverse fields of comparative biology including paleontology, genomics, population biology, conservation biology, and phylogenetics and taxonomy. In addition to conducting original research projects throughout the summer, students also participate in formal instruction in systematics and evolution, and receive training in ethics, networking, communication, and other career-building skills.

Participants receive a $6,000 traineeship stipend plus additional funding for travel, transportation, room and board. Pending COVID conditions, housing may also be available at nearby Columbia University.

To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents, and have at least one semester remaining in college after Summer 2022.

The deadline to apply is January 31.

For more information and to apply, visit

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at University of California-Santa Cruz

The goal of the Conservation Scholars Program is to grow a diverse community of emerging leaders to strengthen conservation. You will enjoy two fully-funded summers in an immersive mentorship program focused on Conservation Research, Leadership, Communication, and Professional Skills. Scholars receive a $4,400 stipend plus additional funding for travel, room and board, for each summer of participation.

Program Structure:

First summer: 8-week field course traveling across California

Second summer: 8-week internship at conservation organizations nationwide

Winter workshop: 4-day professional skills workshop and lifelong alumni support


Any student that does not require a student visa to study in the U.S. (including citizens, nationals, residents, refugees, DACA, undocumented, and more) and plan to finish a four-year degree AFTER December 2023 is eligible to apply.

The deadline to apply is February 1.

For more information and to apply, visit

The University of Minnesota Pathways to Research Program (PReP)

The Pathways to Research Program (PReP) is designed for undergraduate students enrolled at colleges and universities in Minnesota from populations underrepresented in research to begin or advance their research career.

The program provides training in human health research and career development through a structured core curriculum and mentored research project.

PReP Scholars have the opportunity to:

  • Gain research skills and experience through mentored research projects
  • Attend weekly research and career development seminars
  • Receive a stipend of $600/week for 12 weeks, June 6 - August 26, 2022
  • Present research at the annual Clinical and Translational Science Institute's (CTSl) Poster Session


  • Undergraduate student enrolled at a Minnesota college or university (graduating seniors must be enrolled in a graduate program for Fall 2022)
  • Able to commit to full-time research during the summer term (participants cannot take classes or or hold UMN employment without prior approval from program)
  • U.S. Citizen, Green card holder, or DACA recipient
  • From an underrepresented population (for definitions of 'underrepresented,' see pg. 4 of the Request for Applications)

The deadline to apply is February 11 at 11:59pm.

For more information and to apply, visit

Note: The photo shows Hamdi Adam who participated in PReP, completed his biology degree at Augsburg, and is currently working on his Ph.D. in public health at the University of Minnesota. We are very proud of you, Hamdi!

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Research at the University of Minnesota

The Sustainability Opportunities for Agricultural Research (SOAR) - Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (REEU) Summer Program is a 10-week program from June 6 - August 12, 2022, that includes mentored food systems research, professional development activities, career exploration, extracurricular events, and field trips to food justice and sustainability organizations.

Participants will receive a $5,000 stipend plus additional funding for research supplies, travel, room and board.

SOAR-REEU is open to undergraduate students either majoring in a STEM or agricultural science field, or those with a passion for plant science, food, and farming with significant science coursework in their program. Underrepresented and multicultural students are strongly encouraged to apply for this diversity-enhancement program. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or U.S. territories.

The deadline to apply is February 15.

For more information and to apply, visit


STEM Conferences

2022 Pi Mu Epsilon Conference

The College of St. Benedict and St. John's University will host the Spring 2022 Pi Mu Epsilon Conference on Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, 2022.

This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Sommer Gentry, a Professor of Mathematics at the United States Naval Academy and a Research Associate at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

The main focus of this conference is to provide students the opportunity to present research in all areas of mathematics, the mathematical sciences, mathematics education, or other fields in which mathematics and mathematical thinking is used in exciting and innovative ways.

Students interested in presenting can visit the following link to submit their abstract and presentation details: The deadline for submission is Friday, April 1.

For more information on the conference:


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