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Professional students call for increased support of equity and diversity

Published May 6, 2019

The Professional Student Government passed a resolution Tuesday asking the University of Minnesota to strengthen its support of diversity, equity and inclusion in professional schools. It asks for comprehensive...

Council of Graduate Students President Sean Chen works out at the University Recreation and Wellness Center on Monday, April 29.

Graduate students concerned about fitness benefits in upcoming health plan

Published May 1, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s Graduate Assistant Health Plan is slated to switch insurance providers next September, a move that will offer students a broader network of services. However, some graduate...

The Council of Graduate Students President-elect Tommy Keller.

Incoming graduate and professional student government presidents discuss goals

Published April 22, 2019

The Minnesota Daily recently sat down with the incoming presidents of Professional Student Government and Council of Graduate Students to discuss their goals and planned initiatives. Tommy Keller: incoming...

Mitch Van Sickle, Tommy Leitner and Colin Leuthold work on a group project outside to get some fresh air on St. Paul campus on Monday, April 15.

UMN researchers find gaps in nature-based learning research

Published April 17, 2019

In response to gaps found in a literature review on the benefits of nature-based learning, University of Minnesota researchers are recommending further research to make the learning more accessible. The...

Graduate and professional students advocate for addition to SSF application

Published April 15, 2019

In an effort to improve Student Services Fee recipients' inclusion of professional and graduate students, student governments have requested a question be added to the SSF application. Professional Student...

Ryan Machtmes presents at the Student Senate meeting on Thursday, April 3 in Mondale Hall. Machtmes and the Organization for Graduate and Professional Students with Disabilities have been working on a resolution to establish a required training on disability accommodations across the University system.

UMN Senate resolution asks for mandatory training on disability accommodations

Published April 11, 2019

University of Minnesota Senate committee members have greenlighted a resolution asking for required training for faculty, instructors and student teaching assistants on best practices for accommodating...

Kajsa, who suffers from Canine Atopic Dermatitis, a chronic allergic skin condition, lays on the floor at the Ben Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center on Friday, March 29. Her owner, Helena Montin, a second year vet student, says, shes a big part of why I wanted to go to vet school.

Clinical trials underway for dog skin allergy

Published April 1, 2019

A new clinical trial at the University of Minnesota is testing the effectiveness of a new treatment for a common dog allergic skin disease.  The clinical trial, now open and enrolling through the...

‘In the Dark’ podcast creators visit UMN, discuss racial bias

Published March 29, 2019

Reporters from the podcast “In the Dark” discussed racial bias in the judicial system during a well-attended University of Minnesota event on Wednesday. The second season of “In the Dark,” a podcast...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse.

Graduate School moves to increase communication between students and advisers

Published March 25, 2019

The University of Minnesota Graduate School will prioritize increasing communication between graduate students and their advisers following a vote earlier this month. Advisers will be encouraged to create...

The Universitys Board of Regents convene at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

Kaler expresses concern with Regents’ renaming discussion

Published March 14, 2019

President Eric Kaler responded in disappointment to some of the Board of Regents’ concerns about a report recommending the renaming of four University of Minnesota buildings. Just one week after Kaler...

Gonxhe Kandri speaks during a discussion on the Minnesota Method in the Social Sciences Building on the West Bank on Tuesday, March 6. The Minnesota Method is a tool designed by a research team to support human rights advisers. 

Humphrey students create tool for United Nations

Published March 13, 2019

University of Minnesota professional students created a new method for prioritizing efforts on addressing violations to human rights that will be sent to the United Nations for potential adoption and use. Master’s...

An overview of the 2019-2020 PSG and COGS candidates

Published March 11, 2019

This week three candidates are on the All Campus Election ballot to fill four positions available in the University of Minnesota’s graduate and professional student governments. Two candidates are running...

COGS and PSG see more initiative collaboration

Published March 5, 2019

Unlike in previous years, the University of Minnesota’s professional and graduate student governments have been collaborating more on projects. Late last month, the Professional Student Government voted...

Student leaders call for system-wide change of mental health services

Published February 25, 2019

Student government representatives will bring a report to the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents requesting action for better student mental health services to the board’s March 8 meeting. The...

Tina Marisam, director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at the University, speaks at a town hall on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Professional Student Government and The Council of Graduate Students held the meeting to discuss concerns about sexual misconduct on campus.

Graduate, professional students discuss sexual misconduct

Published February 25, 2019

University of Minnesota graduate and professional students recently discussed the power imbalance between graduate and professional students and faculty members that sometimes leads to sexual misconduct. At...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

Cloning method can make wheat fungus-resistant, UMN study finds

Published February 21, 2019

Researchers from the University of Minnesota published a study earlier this month exploring a new gene cloning method that would make wheat resistant to a fungus that costs the agriculture industry more...

Partnership sending UMN members to African math institute

Published February 13, 2019

Professors and graduate students from the University of Minnesota will soon teach a course in Africa as the result of a new international partnership.  The University's School of Mathematics announced...

Over $1 million awarded to U for ovarian cancer research

Published February 4, 2019

Over $1 million was awarded to University of Minnesota researchers to investigate the effects of a common strain of herpes on ovarian cancer patients. The U.S. Department of Defense’s grant will fund...

Melinda Hiller works in VR to create the drawings that are projected behind her.

Art department’s VR studio sees new uses at UMN

Published January 29, 2019

An innovation grant awarded to the University of Minnesota art department last summer is reaping benefits as students and faculty grow accustomed to the virtual reality studio. The University's art department...

Students lack of diet variety leads to dissatisfaction, research finds

Students lack of diet variety leads to dissatisfaction, research finds

Published January 21, 2019

A recently released NASA-funded study explored diet variety, a concern for populations, including students, who lack freedom of food choice. The study, published in January, was completed by a team of...