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Get Paid to Do Summer Research Off-Campus

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Get paid to conduct scientific research with some of the nation’s top academics at universities, labs, or institutes through a summer research program. Such programs are a great way to enhance your education, meet new people, and explore a new city!

Visit URGO’s website using the link below to begin searching for opportunities. The deadline for many programs is in January 2021.

Contact URGO at to make an individual appointment if you need help finding opportunities or crafting your applications.

Off Campus Summer Research Lists and Databases

Apply for Paid On Campus Summer Research

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Research/Creative Activity can be done in all disciplines. There are 400, 200, and 100 hour options.

Compensation over 11 Weeks:
400 hours – $5700
200 hours – $2850
100 hours – $1425

First step: Read the URGO Summer Research Info Packet (found at the link below)
Second step: Talk to faculty in your discipline(s) and ask if they have ongoing research and are willing to mentor you

Phase 1 Application is due February 9th

On Campus Summer Research Website

General Announcements

Congratulations to Gilman Scholarship Winner Abby Huynh

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We are pleased to announce that Abby Huynh has been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship! Abby is a Music Business Major and plans to study with CIEE Arts and Sciences Program in Seoul, South Korea in Fall 2021.

Since 2008, sixty-five Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships, totaling $256,000. In addition, over the last 9 semesters, Augsburg’s Gilman win rate has averaged over 50% – of 30 completed applications in that time, we have had 16 winners! Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program.

The Gilman scholarship supports American undergraduate students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad and, since 2001, has enabled more than 24,000 outstanding Americans of diverse backgrounds to engage in a meaningful educational experience abroad. The program has successfully broadened U.S. participation in study abroad, while emphasizing countries and regions where fewer Americans traditionally study. The Gilman Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

It takes a village to support students in their application process. Many thanks to Casey Jarvala, Catherine Maun and the whole financial aid team, staff in TRIO, MSS, Academic Advising, and URGO and, of course, faculty mentors/advisors. Abby is an exemplary Auggie who will represent Augsburg very well internationally.

Congrats Abby!

more information about the Gilman scholarship:

Apply for a Boren Scholarship to Cover Language Learning Abroad

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The Boren Scholarship is an initiative by the US Federal Government to increase the study of languages by individuals committed to public service careers. The Boren Scholarship can be used to cover a variety of study abroad experiences where language learning is the focus. URGO and Study Abroad provide joint advising on this program and can assist any applicants in selecting a program, developing budgets and writing/editing application essays.

Scholarship amounts:

Up to $25,000 for 25-52 weeks (preferred)

Up to $12,500 for 12-24 weeks

Up to $8,000 for 8-11 weeks (STEM majors only)

If you are interested:

• Check out the Boren website ( to learn about languages you can study and preferred countries!

• Watch the Info Session for Auggies we hosted with Boren staff in November:

• Let us know your interest by contacting Andrea Dvorak ( or URGO staff (

• Send application essay drafts to – we will work through several drafts with you to ensure that you submit the strongest application possible.

Final applications are due February 3!

Learn more about Boren Scholarships

Ring in the New Semester with TutorMe

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Students – don’t forget about TutorMe! It is available to Augsburg students 24/7 and offers tutoring in over 300 subjects from qualified tutors. Students are able to use 3 hours a week; 3 one hour sessions or 6 thirty-minute sessions. You can find TutorMe on Moodle by clicking any of your classes! At the top left of your screen there is an orange tab to see the side panel of resources. As you scroll down, you will see the “Augsburg Tools” section and underneath is TutorMe. For more information on other tutoring and academic skills options, please click “Tutoring & Academic Skills Information”.

Academic Skills & Tutoring Information

Administrative Accounting Staff Updates

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As we start the new year the Administrative Accounting office has a couple of staffing updates.

Fola Tiamiyu has accepted a role outside Augsburg University. Her last day was January 1, 2021. We thank Fola for her years of service to Augsburg and wish her well on her new opportunity.

Please direct inquires as follows:

Accounts Payable –
Purchasing Cards –
Restricted and governmental grant funds –
Wire and ACH transfers –

We would also like to welcome Mai Xiong as our new Accounts Payable Specialist. Mai joined us shortly before the holiday break and we are excited to have her join the Augsburg community.

Strommen Virtual Drop-In Hours Resume Today

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The Strommen Center’s Career Peer Advisors are trained, ready, and available to review your resume and/or cover letter via Zoom. Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays 11am-12pm & 2:00-3:30pm and Wednesdays 1:00-3:30pm. Don’t be afraid to drop-in. Our Career Peer Advisors are here to support you!

Meet with a Career Peer Advisor via Zoom

Introducing Halal Meats in the Christensen Center Dining Commons

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The Augsburg University Dining Committee and Food Services Director, Jeff Johnson, are pleased to announce a transition to the use of all halal meats (minus the pork, of course) in the Christensen Center dining Commons. The change began on January 11. Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the change are below.

What is halal meat? The word halal literally means “permissible.” Halal food refers to products that are prepared following Islamic dietary laws that determines what is permissible, lawful, and clean.

What makes food “halal?” According to Islamic guidelines, halal food is safe and it does not contain non-halal and najs (unclean) ingredients. It is processed and manufactured using clean equipment that is not contaminated.

In the future, when Nabo reopens, halal meats will be used there as well. We are unable to provide halal meats in Einstein’s given the mandated menu requirements from the company.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jeff Johnson at

Help Reduce Stress by Connecting with Nature

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For many people, connecting with NATURE is an important way of reducing stress. You may want to consider incorporating a walk outside each day – or if you cannot be outside, visit websites with natural settings and sounds. This video from NATURE 365 captures the beauty of cranes in the snow in Japan.

Research in the field called Ecotherapy has shown the importance of time spent in nature and the relationship to the reduction of stress, anxiety, and depression.

Research at Cornell University has found that as little as 10 minutes in a natural setting can help college students feel happier and lessen the effects of both physical and mental stress. Cornell University – “Spending time in nature reduces stress.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 25 February 2020.,both%20physical%20and%20mental%20stress

Enjoy Your Day,

Nancy Guilbeault, CWC

With Gratitude for the MLK Event Yesterday and speaker Justin Toliver

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Being inspired by the message of MLK speaker, Justin Toliver to value IMAGiNATION and to reach out to others – I am reaching out to you to share the song – “Imagine,” by John Lennon of the Beatles. It seems his message is still relevant today.

Be Well,

Nancy Guilbeault CWC

Event Announcements

Forum Presentation, Removing the Red and Blue Divide

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When: February 3, 2021 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Cost: $30 Suggested Contribution
Level: Intermediate
Track: Leadership Development

Presenters: Hayward Bell, Raytheon Company RETIRED  |  Kimberly B. Davis, National Hockey League  |  Bill Proudman, White Men as Full Diversity Partners/FDP Global  |  Lee Tschanz, Rockwell Automation  |  Amy Wilczynski, Borough of Allendale, NJ

The announcement that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the electoral and popular vote for the next US President is, for many, a highly-awaited and anticipated moment. For others, it’s an acute loss.
Our most important work, right now, is to put in motion the practices and programs to create cohesion, build community and help leaders reach across difference.
That said, it’s become dangerous to talk about politics at work even though the political divide now more than ever inhibits positive connection, at work, at home, and in our communities. This divide threatens progress towards more diverse and equitable workplaces.
Now, amidst this divisiveness, is the opportunity for workplaces to double down and equip their leaders on how to bridge the divide. There is no time to waste.

Learning Outcomes
Be clear on why diversity, equity, and inclusion work matters, especially right now
Push your inclusive leadership skills for today’s unique needs
Explore how to narrow divides and speak to divergent groups

Are You Looking for an Internship?

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Sponsored by: Augsburg Student Business Organization and the Strommen Career & Internship Services.

Ameriprise Financial – Internship & Job Info Session
Thursday, January 25th
4:30-5:30 pm

All interested students are invited to attend a virtual information & panel discussion with Ameriprise Financial, featuring recent graduates from various institutions, including Augsburg. Students will hear from past interns on their experience, as well as, learn about the application process and deadlines.

Ameriprise Financial is one of our partner employers! They hire a number of Auggies each year for internships and/or full-time employment. The best way to find opportunities is through exploration and attending events like this!

Even if you aren’t looking currently, we encourage students to start networking EARLY so you do not miss deadline dates. All majors are encourage to attend.

Learn more about their summer internship program and types of positions offered.


Today: Winslow Capital – Hiring Interns Info Session

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Winslow Capital is excited to explore the opportunity of offering internship positions to students for the summer of 2021.

Join representatives from Winslow Capital on January 19, 2021, from 12:00-1:00pm where they will discuss:

1. The basics of the Asset Management Industry
2. The world of equity investing
3. An overview of Winslow Capital and its diversified product offerings
4. The following 2 potential internship opportunities at Winslow in the summer of 2021.
a. Investment Team: International stock and portfolio analysis
b. Across functions: Analysis on Environmental, Social, Governance Investing (ESG), Human Resources and Compliance topics

All energetic students who want to learn about the many varied opportunities in the Asset Management Industry are welcome.

• Smriti Shekhar, Managing Director, International Equities
• Stephanie Simon, Managing Director, Portfolio Manager
• Sarah Brigley, Data Reporting Analyst


Neighbors Together in a Divided Nation: An Inter-Religious Conversation

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Date: January 26, 2021
Time: 4:00- 5:00 pm CST
Format: Zoom Webinar

Interfaith at Augsburg invites you to join in reflecting upon how various religious and secular traditions call for our engagement in loving and serving the neighbor, working for healing, justice, peace and mercy, and the care of creation in a divided and often distrustful nation and world.

Farhan Latif, President of the El-Hibri Foundation, will moderate a conversation with:
Imam Makram El-Amin, Masjid An-Nur in Minneapolis
Professor Lori Brandt Hale, chair of Augsburg University’s Department of Religion and Philosophy
Rabbi Rabbi Arielle LeKach-Rosenberg, Assistant Rabbi, Shir Tikvah Congregation in Minneapolis

Following the presentations we will hear from student respondents, and there will be time for Q&A.

Our presenters:

Farhan Latif is a philanthropic leader, social entrepreneur and cross sector mobilizer on minority inclusion. He is the President of the El-Hibri Foundation, focused on cross sector approaches to foster inclusion across religious and political divides.

Imam Makram El-Amin has worked for more than two decades as a religious and community leader, firmly rooted in the principle of our inherent human dignity. Imam El-Amin leads Al Maa’uun (Neighborly Needs) Community Outreach Services that addresses food insecurity, affordable housing, career services, and mentoring.
Lori Brandt Hale is Professor and Chair of Religion and Philosophy at Augsburg University, where she has taught since 1998. Brandt Hale has devoted her academic career both to teaching and to studying the life and legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Rabbi Arielle LeKach-Rosenberg serves as Assistant Rabbi at Shir Tikvah with a focus on music, prayer and activism. She was ordained by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in June 2017. She spent her final two years of rabbinical school working as a full-time rabbinic fellow at B’nai Jeshurun in New York City.

Register in advance for this webinar:

Focused Conversation on Human Resources: Next week

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What We’ve Learned in Human Resources
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
2-3 p.m.

Join Dawn Miller, director of human resources, and members of the HR team for a discussion about what we’ve learned over the course of 2020 in the department.

To register for this Focused Conversation, or to view the Focused Conversation schedule, visit the All Hands page (log in required).

All Hands Page

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