News & Events

Pursuing the Highest Degree (Ph.D.) Workshop

Friday, May 20
3:00 - 4:45
General Mills Conference Room (1st floor, Advising wing)
Lind Hall
207 Church Street SE, East Bank of the University of Minnesota
Presenters:  Patricia Jones Whyte, Ph.D., Director of the Office for Diversity in Graduate Programs, and Anne Hornickel, Program Director, North Star STEM Alliance

Tour of the St. Anthony Falls Hydroelectric Facility

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Time: 10:00am
Location: West Side of Hennepin Island, Minneapolis (nearest address is 2 3rd Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN)
Public transit: Buses 2C and 6E can be taken from the University of Minnesota to the plant. To plan your bus trip from another location to the plant, visit
Hydro is a clean, renewable fuel, and Xcel Energy manages its dam operations to protect the aquatic environment and improve recreational opportunities.

Present a Poster at the Winchell Symposium

The Annual Meeting & Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium prepares undergraduate students to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by providing a forum for students to showcase their scientific research, receive comments from professional scientists and peers, and network with professionals in the fields they aspire to enter. 
The 83rd Annual Meeting & 29th Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium will be hosted on Friday, April 29th, 2016 at Coffman Memorial Union at the University of Minnesota.

Research Opportunities with MnDrive

This year the North Star STEM Alliance will partner with the University of Minnesota BioTechnology Institute (BTI) and MnDRIVE to offer summer research opportunities for undergraduates interested in biotechnology and microbial sciences. Collaborative research at BTI covers a broad range of topics and often involves collaboration between engineering and life science disciplines.

GRE Test Prep

The North Star STEM Alliance offers an opportunity to take a practice test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) at no charge. The GRE is like the ACT or SAT for graduate school admission. Students interested in graduate school should begin planning for and practicing the exam in the spring of their junior year. At the end of the practice test, we gather for lunch and talk about strategies for preparing for the exam. 
Benefits of Attending:

  • Begin learning about the types of questions asked and how to approach them
  • Gain a sense for your level of preparation
  • Learn about strategies to prepare further for the actual exam and how to manage stress of standardized test taking.