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Moodle Gradebook Reminders and Support

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As we approach mid-semester, remember that in order for course totals to calculate correctly, it is very important to enter 0’s for work students have not completed. Moodle only aggregates “non-empty” grades. This means a blank in the gradebook will be ignored in the calculations–giving students an overly optimistic sense of their total. See the link below for instructions on how to quickly enter 0’s for graded items. If you would like help with your Moodle gradebook, the E-Learning team is ready to assist you. Please contact your LFC or Bonnie Tensen for help with this.

Adding Zeros in Gradebook

Dr. Mark Engebretson Receives 30th Grant from National Science Foundation to Study Space Weather

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Dr. Mark Engebretson, Professor Emeritus of Physics, has received a five-year grant totaling $805,744 from the National Science Foundation to continue operation of the Magnetometer Array for Cusp and Cleft Studies (MACCS) as well as analyze and disseminate its data. This grant represents the 30th research study on which Dr. Engebretson has served as the Principal Investigator via National Science Foundation funding.

MACCS is an 8-station ground-based array that records and disseminates important magnetic field measurements for scientific analyses. It is the only longitudinally-spaced cusp-latitude array in existence and will continue to provide critical data for studies of geospace phenomena including solar wind-magnetosphere and magnetosphere-ionosphere interactions, geomagnetic storms and substorms, and localized instabilities that produce large geomagnetically induced currents which can cause power grid blackouts on Earth.

Engebretson and his team (Dr. Laura Simms, Dr. Slava Pilipenko, and Dr. Erik Steinmetz) will continue to maintain the MACCS array and conduct detailed observational and theoretical studies using both ground-based and satellite data. The MACCS project has provided research experiences to over 50 students since its installation in 1992. The team’s most recent undergraduate co-author of a refereed paper, Lidiya Ahmed (’20), will begin graduate study in Physics at Harvard University after spending 2020/2021 doing research at work at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center near Washington, D.C.

The title of the new study is Collaborative Research: Ground-Based Studies of High-Latitude Magnetospheric and Ionospheric Dynamics Using the Magnetometer Array for Cusp and Cleft Studies (MACCS) and the NSF Award number is 2013648. The University of Michigan (PI Dr. Mark Moldwin) is a key partner on the MACCS 9 project, which will span 8/1/2020 – 7/31/2025.

Grants and Sponsored Programs

Wednesday: Faculty Mid-Semester Course Evaluation Workshop

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Wednesday, October 14 | Assessment/CTL Workshop | 2 pm – 3 pm, ZOOM

With changes to our course delivery methods, how do we know that our methods are resonating with students? Don’t wait until the end of the semester to find out what is working (and what can be improved). Join faculty colleagues for a workshop on mid-semester course evaluations co-sponsored by CTL and the Assessment Committee. We will present pre-prepared templates in multiple formats to fit your needs. We will also discuss what feedback faculty have heard so far, and how they have responded to student comments.

Join us on Wednesday, October 14th at 2pm for a live Zoom workshop. This event will be recorded and will be made available later on the CTL website.

Assessment/CTL Workshop ZOOM Information (can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

URGO Academic-Year Research Application Available

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Each year URGO offers $1,325 research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. These grants require 100 hours of research over the course of the academic year and are a great way to ease into research or to continue work on an existing project.

Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals in the fall. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly and will begin reviewing proposals September 14th.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at or

URGO On-Campus Research

URGO Federal Work-Study Research Pilot Program

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This is a pilot program supporting undergraduate research students through federal work-study funds. We are limiting the number of student researchers supported during the 20-21 academic year to 12 students and funding will be determined by a first-come, first-serve basis. Faculty from any discipline who need assistance with their research from a student are invited to participate in the pilot. An individual faculty member may propose only one student position who will work 5-20 hours per week and no more than their federal work-study allotment. During the 20-21 academic year, the research projects must follow Augsburg’s guidelines regarding Covid-19.

Please note that the student eligibility for federal work-study and the total number of hours must be confirmed by Human Resources after you complete this form. Open until all 12 positions are filled.

If the student will work 100 hours or less total, we recommend applying instead for the URGO Academic Year research grant.

Questions contact Human Resources at

2020-2021 Federal Work-Study Student Researcher Request Form

Summer Language Study with the Critical Language Scholarship

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The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded eight to ten week language and cultural immersion program abroad in which students receive eight credits of intensive language instruction in less-commonly taught languages, as well as structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS is part of a US State Department initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages critical to national security and economic prosperity. There are fifteen languages that applicants can select from. Alumni of the program also receive one year of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) status when applying for federal government jobs.
The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths. Competitive applicants will need to be able to illustrate a commitment to language learning, a very strong academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting, and ability to adapt to an intensive program and challenging cultural environment. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
Languages with no previous study required:

Languages with one year prior study required:

Languages with two years prior study required:

The URGO office provides advising and application support for CLS. Please contact (reference CLS) to set up an appointment before October 23rd.

CLS Website

Paid Summer Program to Study Public Policy

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Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institutes is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. Selected participants spend the summer at one of five participating universities (University of Minnesota, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, or University of Michigan) where they take courses, learn from top leaders in the field and build their professional skills. Students must have junior or senior status and be planning to graduate between December 2021 and August 2022. To be competitive for this opportunity, students should have a 3.5 GPA or above. There is no cost to attend and participants receive a stipend. Contact URGO at and reference your interest in PPIA before October 15th to set up a meeting to learn more.

PPIA Eligibility and Benefits

General Announcements

2020-21 NSF Aspire Scholarships: Application Deadline October 19

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Applications are now open for the 2020-21 NSF Aspire Scholarship. At Augsburg STEM majors include: biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science.

Supports students pursuing a degree in STEM.
•Provides scholarships of $4,000 for the 2020-2021 academic year.
•Connects scholars with opportunities for career development.
•Open to current Augsburg students and incoming transfers.

•Enrolled full-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics)
•Within 7 semesters of graduating
•Major GPA of 2.75 or higher
•U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
•Financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA
•Pell or Minnesota State Grant eligible

Application deadline: October 19, 2020 at midnight.

Note: students who apply to the 2020-21 AugSTEM Scholars Program will automatically be considered for a 2020-21 NSF Aspire Scholarship.

For more information, go to:

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2020-21 AugSTEM Scholars Program: Application Deadline Extended to October 19

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The AugSTEM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Funded by the National Science Foundation, AugSTEM Scholars receive scholarships of up to $10,000 per student per year. Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.

-Enrolled at least half-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics)
-Within 5 semesters of graduating with a STEM degree as of Fall 2020 (graduating by December ‘22)
-Major GPA of 2.75 or higher (scholars will be expected to raise their GPA to 3.0 during program participation)
-U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
-Demonstrated financial need as determined by financial aid status (Pell or MN State grant eligible or equivalent)

Application deadline: Monday, October 19 at midnight

Students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.

For more information, go to:

Questions? Contact:

Event Announcements

NSF Aspire and AugSTEM Scholarships Info Sessions

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Would you like to learn more about the 2020-21 NSF Aspire Scholarships or the 2020-21 AugSTEM Scholars Program (see individual A-mail posts for each scholarship)?

There will be four drop-in Zoom information sessions which are open to all interested students:

Tuesday, October 13 from 9:00 – 10:00 AM (Hosted by Michael Wentzel)
Tuesday, October 13 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM (Hosted by Rebekah Dupont)
Wednesday, October 14 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM (Hosted by Rebekah Dupont)
Wednesday, October 14 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM (Hosted by Michael Wentzel)

The information session will use an informal question and answer format.
See today’s A-mail announcements or the STEM Programs website for more information on each of the scholarships.

If these session times do not work for your schedule, feel free to send your questions via email.

For more information, go to:
Questions? Contact:

STEM Scholarship Session Zoom Information (can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

Government and Nonprofit Career Fair

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The 2020 Government & Nonprofit Career & Internship Fair has gone virtual! The Minnesota Colleges and Universities Career Services Association is excited to partner with Premier Virtual to host the 2020 career fair on Friday, October 30 from 11:00 am-2:00 pm.

This fair is open to all students and alumni! Free to participate!

Registration Process: Two Steps
1) Register in Handshake – click on Join Event
2) Register and upload your resume to the Premier Virtual Platform

View Participating Employers:

Need you resume reviewed? Virtual Drop-In Hours
Tuesdays-Fridays 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Click on the link below to go to the virtual resume and cover letter drop-in waiting room where a trained Career Peer Advisor will assist you.
Zoom Link:

Please direct questions to

Register on Handshake

Thursday Forum Webinar – Religion, Resilience, and Mental Health During the Holiday Season

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When: October 15, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT
Level: Intermediate
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenters: Leslie Funk, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding  |  Cameron Smith, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
Cost: Free

This webinar will highlight the intersectional nature of religion as a facet of workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion by analyzing the specific intersection between religion, mental health, and resilience during the winter holiday season.
The topics of both religion and mental health feature prominently during the traditional winter holiday season, though frank conversations in the workplace about those topics remain uncommon. Presenters Leslie Funk and Cameron Smith of Tanenbaum seek to not only shed light on this important matter but also offer tools for effectively and proactively addressing these matters in the workplace.

Learning Outcomes
Recognize the importance of addressing religious diversity in the workplace
Examine the role religion can play in mental health, and how religious diversity arises in the workplace around the holidays
Identify better practices for preventing the December Dilemma

Group Prehealth Advising Session

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URGO is hosting a group advising session for new prehealth students. This is an opportunity to gain a broad overview of several health professions, become better aware of what schools seek in competitive applicants, and learn more about upcoming events and available resources. This session will be held on Friday, October 16 at 2 pm via Zoom.

Email for the Zoom invitation and link.

TODAY Auggie Connect for Students with Disabilities

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It can be difficult to connect with one another right now but it doesn’t have to be impossible! Auggie Connect is open to Augsburg students with disabilities. Join student Zsolt Vincze and CLASS staff Cassie Charles as we host a Zoom space to connect, support one another and find community. Auggie Connect is available every Monday from 3:30-4:30 pm.
If you need a disability accommodation to participate email

We hope to see you today!
Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 981 8852 9961
Passcode: 062277

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