Corporate partnership and sponsor opportunities

Opportunities for 2019-20

Partner with the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) to build your corporate brand on campus and connect with students, faculty, and the Twin Cities community around events focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

For complete information about the opportunities below—including partner benefits at the Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels—download our 2019-20 corporate sponsorship opportunities brochure (PDF)

Student Leadership Development:

LeaderShape Institute

Dates: Annually in January 
This weeklong program held at Camp Courage, Maple Lake, Minn. engages about 70 University of Minnesota student leaders—from the College of Science and Engineering, Carlson School of Management, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Students will explore personal definitions of leadership, goal setting and future visions, collaboration, communication, teamwork, and more.

Visit the LeaderShape Institute website.

Partner benefits include:

  • Attend the Guest Leader night to network with students
  • Logo on all institute publicity

CSE Week

Dates: Annually in April
CSE Week is an annual spring celebration of science and engineering at the University dating back to 1914. CSE Week events are attended by CSE students, faculty, and staff. Events include competitions, professional development, networking, and social events. Visit the CSE Week Facebook web page. Audience: Student Engagement, Women in Science and Engineering, Underrepresented Populations.

Partner benefits include:

  • Attend a signature event to network with students
  • Logo on promotional shirts, posters, social media, web site, and emails

CSE Student Organization Grants

Dates: Ongoing 
CSE Collegiate Life organizes a grant program to fund events and programs organized by 75+ CSE-based student organizations during the academic year. These events engage a variety of students from across the college.

Visit the CSE student groups web page.

Partner benefits include:

  • Sponsorship recognition with a select number of student organizations
  • Help set priorities for sponsorship



Dates: March 2019 
A recruitment and networking event that brings 100 prospective CSE students/female high school students to campus for an overnight stay and shadowing opportunities with a current CSE Society of Women Engineers (SWE) member/undergraduate student.

Visit the CSE SWE web page.

Partner benefits include:

  • Attend dinner with SWE students and visitors during event
  • Logo on all participant t-shirts

Competitive Project Teams

(SAE Clean Snowmobile Team, GOFIRST, Robotics, Rocket Team, and more)

Dates: Ongoing
Student teams design and build new vehicles annually or biennially for national and international competitions. Members come from all disciplines of science, engineering, and mathematics. Students are responsible for the complete design, implementation, and execution of their vehicle design. University teams routinely receive high recognition in competitions globally and across the United States.

Your sponsorship will be directed to the specific team of your choice. Visit the CSE student groups web page.

Partner benefits include: Logo on competition vehicle

K-12 Outreach:

Summer Camps (Discover STEM, Girls Solve It!, and Eureka!)

Dates: Summer 2019 
For students grades 8-12 who are interested in exploring majors and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). During each program, a new group of 25-50 students will explore opportunities in STEM. Preference is given to students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in STEM areas.

Approximately 125 students attend these camps. Visit the summer camps web page.

Partner benefits include: Logo on drawstring backpacks for participants of your selected program

Diversity and Inclusion:

CSE Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Initiative

Dates: Ongoing
Targeted programs toward women enrolled in CSE with the intent of improving retention and working in collaboration with women graduate students and faculty. Events include book discussions, social events, leadership and professional development sessions, and more. This initiative reaches approximately 2,100 undergraduate and graduate women enrolled in CSE.

The WISE residential Living Learning Community—approximately 40 first-year students—provides additional opportunities for engagement. Visit the CSE WISE Initiative web page.

Partner benefits include:

  • Send company representatives to a WISE event during fall or spring semester
  • Logo on all participant t-shirts

CSE President’s Emerging Scholars (PES) Program

Dates: Ongoing
PES is a four-year University of Minnesota program that supports high-potential science and engineering undergrads—with a special focus on women, underrepresented minority, and first-generation students. Since the fall of 2014, approximately 20 new PES students have joined CSE’s program each year, with a total population of 80-100 students annually.

Visit the PES web page.

Partner benefits include:

  • Attend a dinner event with PES students during each semester
  • Logo on all participant t-shirts

Experiential Learning:

Engineers Without Borders, University of Minnesota (EWB-UMN)

Dates: Ongoing
Students from across the college form project teams that work with local citizens to research, design, implement, and build projects and sustainable solutions in Central America and Africa. Visit the EWB-UMN website.

Partner benefits include:

  • Logo on the EWB website and all presentations
  • Recognition in bi-annual report 
  • Invitation to attend the spring EWB-UMN Recognition Banquet

Solar Vehicle Project

Dates: Ongoing 
Undergraduate students from across disciplines come together to design, build, and race a solar-powered vehicle for competition. Since 1993, the team has built 12 vehicles to race cross-country events in the USA and international events in Japan, Australia, and Taiwan—finishing either first or second in 11 of these races.

Learn more about this project at the SVP website.

Partner benefits include:

  • Logo on vehicle and team uniforms
  • Invitation to a technical presentation on the newest vehicle

CSE Winter Light Show

Dates: Annually in December (multiple weekend shows) 
The CSE Winter Light Show includes 100,000+ LED lights and laser projection set to music, some of which is written and recorded by University of Minnesota students. Held annually since 2011, this event is free and open to the public. The average nightly attendance is 200+ people. It is conceived, designed, and executed by the Tesla Works student organization.

Partner benefits include:

  • Recognition at nightly show introductions
  • Logo on all promotional posters, social media, website and emails

Gopher Motorsports—Formula SAE

Dates: Ongoing
Students apply classroom training and knowledge in a real world, practical application. Students spend eleven months designing, manufacturing, testing, and driving an open- wheeled style race car for competition. Learn more about this project at the SAE website.

Partner benefits include:

  • Monochrome logo on car
  • Invitation to Sponsor Drive Day

For the complete list of partner benefits, download our 2019-20 corporate sponsorship opportunities brochure (PDF). .