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The second annual Three Minute Thesis competition

Posted on February 04, 2016

North Dakota State University invites you to attend our second annual Three Minute Thesis competition on Wednesday, February 10, hosted by the College of Graduate & Interdisciplinary Studies. An 80,000-word thesis would take nine hours to present. These students get 180 seconds.

Watch graduate students compete for up to $1,000 by presenting their research projects in just three minutes in terms everyone can understand. The winner will be awarded a $1,000 grand prize. The top competitor in each competition in round one will receive $250. Faculty, community members and graduate student representatives will judge competitors. Read the rest of this entry →

History Day March 2nd 2016

Posted on February 04, 2016

The West Central Minnesota Regional History Day is coming up on Wednesday March 2nd 2016 at the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom. We are in need of 35 judges this year for this event from 3 – 8pm. If you are interested in being a judge please click the following link to the Minnesota Historical Society History Day Judge signup form.

For the most part, the Minnesota Historical Society puts on the event, in collaboration with us here at MSUM. The History Program helps recruit Mentors and Judges for this regional event. Judges can be faculty, staff, students and community members. Mentors and judges do not need to be involved with the MSUM History Program, they just need to have an interest in history! We ask your help in promoting this event. Read the rest of this entry →

Honors Program Scholarships

Posted on February 03, 2016

The Honors Program announces three $1,500 scholarships starting in the Fall 2016: The Henry & Carol Raff-Stevenson Scholarship (sophomores), the John Chisholm Endowed Scholarship (juniors) and the Honors Alumni Scholarship (seniors). Application materials can be found at and the deadline to apply is March 21, 2016.

Interested in Studying Abroad?

Posted on February 01, 2016

Throughout the week, there will multiple opportunities for you to learn more about studying abroad options. Come to Australia Night to learn about study abroad options down under. Monday, February 1 in CMU 205 at 7 PM. If you want to study in Australia fall 2016 or spring 2017, this is the time to prepare.

Or if you are interested in studying in Norway, come to Norway Night to learn about study abroad options at Agder University in Kristiansand. Read the rest of this entry →

Application deadline for the National Student Exchange program is Friday, February 5

Posted on February 01, 2016

The application deadline for participation in the National Student Exchange program next year is Friday, February 5, 2016. If you have thought about spending one year or one semester at another university, this is your opportunity to do so. Participating in NSE gives you the opportunity to study at one of 175 universities for up to one year. Tuition and fees are assessed at the in-state (resident) rate of your host campus or at the rate you normally pay at MSUM. Read the rest of this entry →

Applications for the Student Academic Conference are now open

Posted on January 28, 2016

Applications for the Student Academic Conference are now open. The deadline to apply to MSU Moorhead’s 18th SAC is February 28. Students wishing to present at the Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars Conference in Winona to be held on April 4th should submit their applications by February 8th. You can apply by visiting,

Dragons launch innovative social media scholarship program

Posted on January 27, 2016


Grit, Heart and Humility are Minnesota State University Moorhead’s core values and the university has initiated a competitive scholarship campaign to attract like-minded students. By creating a social media scholarship contest around the hashtag #BeADragon, the university is breaking new ground by capitalizing on MSUM’s quickly growing social media presence to introduce prospective students to the culture of the university.

Students have been quick to participate creating dozens of tweets within the first 24 hours of the program including, “I want to #BeADragon so I can attend a college with small class sizes and make my friends and family proud!” and “I want to #BeADragon to major in my dream career! I can’t wait to be a Dragon!” Read the rest of this entry →

Be a Giving Heart on February 11

Posted on January 25, 2016

On February 11, make a gift of $10 or more to the MSUM Academic Scholarship Fund and the first $20,000 in gifts will be matched, increasing your impact in the lives of MSU Moorhead students.

With your help, students are able to afford to participate in research projects, to take on internships, and to focus more on their studies. Every gift helps transform the world by transforming the students at MSUM.

To make your gift on February 11, go to and select the MSUM Alumni Foundation.

Questions? Call MSUM Alumni at 218.477.2143 or email



MSUM Graduate Programs included in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Posted on January 15, 2016

Several of MSUM’s graduate programs were named in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings announced Jan. 12. Read the rest of this entry →

Last day to add/drop classes for spring 2016 semester

Posted on January 15, 2016

The free add/drop deadline for spring courses is TODAY, Jan. 15 at 4 pm. No entry will be made in a student’s record if a course is dropped today.

18th Annual Student Academic Conference

Posted on January 13, 2016

It is not too early to start thinking about MSU Moorhead’s 18th Student Academic Conference. This year’s conference will be held on April 12, 2016. The deadline to submit applications is February 28; submission for applications will open soon. If you have any questions, please contact Oscar Flores or email at

MSUM Receives $1.2 Million Grant to Prepare STEM Teachers

Posted on January 11, 2016

From National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Scholarship program

MSU Moorhead has been awarded close to $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Scholarship program. The five-year grant, Preparing STEM Teachers to Successfully Navigate the Urban to Rural Gradient, will facilitate the licensure of approximately 35 new Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) teachers in outstate Minnesota.

The majority of the grant funds will be used to provide both scholarships and internships for talented science and math undergraduates and recent graduates in a STEM field. Interns will work with our partners, including Fargo and Moorhead Public School Districts and Lakes Country Service Cooperative, to assist in the delivery of summer opportunities for K-12 students, including English language learners, in the subjects of science and math. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM visits China, South Korea in hopes of attracting more international students

Posted on January 11, 2016

By Helmut Schmidt and Grace Lyden | INFORUM

Across the U.S., more international students than ever were enrolled last school year in a college or university. It’s a trend Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College are hoping to replicate here.

The two Moorhead schools, which have seen sharply declining enrollment in the past five years, are actively working to expand their international presence. MSUM hopes to eventually have 10 to 12 percent of its students coming from abroad. It was at just under 8 percent last year. Read the rest of this entry →

Flores and Hansen published in economic studies journal

Posted on January 11, 2016

Oscar Flores and T.J. Hansen, Economics, had the paper “The Impact of Local Economic Conditions on the Retention of College Freshman at Regional, Public Universities in the United States” published in the December issue of Regional, Sectoral, and Economic Studies. Using six years of data for 180 public universities with a master Carnegie classification, Flores and Hansen, find support for the hypothesis that controlling for a number of factors, institutions located in cities with strong economies have lower retention rates. Institutions could use the model developed in the paper to set realistic retention goals.

Center for Geospatial Studies’ Campus Map Initiative introduced to Pine to Prairie GIS Users Group

Posted on January 08, 2016

MSUM faculty members Rinita Dalan (Anthropology and Earth Science) and T. J. Hansen (Economics, Law & Politics) joined Curtis Atkinson II, Lead System Engineer of HERE-Fargo, to address the Pine to Prairie GIS Users Group on December 9, 2015 in Fergus Falls. The presentation, “Partnering with the MSUM Center for Geospatial Studies: History, Campus Map Initiative, and You,” introduced regional GIS users to the center’s unique partnership with industry mapping leader, HERE. As part of the Campus Map Initiative, student interns from MSUM employed by HERE developed a 3-D map of the MSUM campus. HERE has also created interior maps of campus buildings as part of the initial phase of an ongoing partnership between these organizations. Representatives of MSUM and HERE answered questions about the Campus Map Initiative and invited those in the Pine to Prairie GIS Users Group to partner with the Center for Geospatial Studies in the future.

Kenyon Williams to present clinics at Minnesota Day of Percussion

Posted on January 08, 2016

VaryingDegreesFriendly - Version 3Dr. Kenyon Williams, School of Performing Arts, is presenting at three separate clinics at the Minnesota Day of Percussion on Saturday, Jan. 9. The Minnesota Day of Percussion is the largest gathering of percussionists in the state, attracting over 800 middle school, high school, college, and professional percussionists from across the state for a full day of clinics, masterclasses, and performances featuring artists from across the country. Williams will present clinics on performing percussion in orchestral, Afro-Cuban, and acoustic pop/worship music settings.

Spring 2016 pocket calendars available

Posted on January 07, 2016

The Spring 2016 Pocket Calendars are now available for pickup in the Registrar’s Office. We are located in Owens Hall 104.

Overcoming Obstacles

Posted on December 15, 2015

How one MSUM student defied all odds to graduate

By Nate Gilbraith, MSUM Marketing Intern

The alarmingly high dropout rate of American Indian students is not a new reality. According to the National Indian Education Association, the national dropout rate for American Indian students is 15 percent. However, Minnesota State University of Moorhead criminal justice major Cera Swiftwater refused to be a statistic.

Cera_5561 webcopySwiftwater grew up on the South Dakota Pine Ridge Reservation, where she was raised by her 17-year-old single mother. When Swiftwater was 15, she and her four brothers and sisters were placed in foster care. During her time in the foster care system, Swiftwater moved from school to school and even switched schools three different times over the course of four months.

Swiftwater stayed focused and remained on track to graduate high school. She says she was motivated by hoping to set an example for her younger family members. Read the rest of this entry →

Women in Demand

Posted on December 08, 2015

Constructing their futures

Like a lot of women who choose a professional career in construction management, Minnesota State University Moorhead student Elly Lehn grew up around the business.

Elly3-2 webcopy“My dad started as a diesel mechanic at Veit and is now the executive of fleet operations,” said Lehn, a junior in MSUM’s construction management program. “I couldn’t tell you how many times I sat on my dad’s lap in a bulldozer or an excavator and loved it.” Many women are introduced to the industry this way.

In the male-dominated construction field, just 8.9 percent of women work in the industry nationwide, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor.  Most often, they are doing clerical or support work.

That’s why Kiewit, one of North America’s largest construction and engineering organizations, sponsors the Women’s Construction Leadership Seminar.

Lehn was one of 50 women from 47 universities across the United States and Canada selected to participate in this year’s seminar to develop leadership skills, network with successful female leaders within the industry, and learn about the challenging opportunities in the construction and/or engineering industries. Nearly 150 women applied for the program. Read the rest of this entry →

Follow the MSUM delegation as they travel to South Korea, China

Posted on December 04, 2015

Denise Gorsline, interim dean of Arts, Media and Communication, has been blogging about her “Dragon Tales” and the MSUM delegation visit to South Korea and China that began Dec. 1.

In her Dec. 3 post she writes: “I have been enchanted by Seoul…from our visit with Seoul National University of Education (SNUE)  to our dinner with an MSUM graduate, an exchange student, and a potential exchange student, Seoul has been great.”

Read more and follow at Dragon Tales blog.

The seven-member team of faculty, administrators and staff will visit with with high schools and universities in South Korea and China for the purpose of partnership-building and bringing new students to MSUM. They will return to the U.S. Dec. 14.

Read more about the delegation visit.

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