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Personal statement consultation for undergraduate students

Personal Statement Consultations for International Undergraduates

Are you preparing an application for a graduate or professional school program? The Personal Statement is an important part of the application process, so we have arranged opportunities for undergraduates to get advice from experienced graduate students! Interested students can meet with a Personal Statement Consultant to have your statement reviewed in a consultation appointment. Appointments are 30 minutes, and they are available virtually. You can also request video recorded feedback and comments to review on your own time. The consultants are either current graduate students or staff who work in UMN Career Services.

Personal Statement Consultations are available December 13-January 14. You can visit a Personal Statement Consultant more than once. 

Visit to learn more about the program, the Personal Statement Consultants, and to register for an appointment.

Email Jane at if you have any questions about Personal Statement Consultations.

December destress with SASE

Finals week can be rough, so let SASE help you destress! Join the student group for this casual event where you can participate in making snow globes, playing board games, or simply doing your own thing with your friends! There will be pot stickers and bao to help you gain energy to battle finals week!

Study Night with HKN

IEEE UMN is cohosting a study night with HKN on Thursday, December 9 from 6-8 pm at the ECE Learning Center (Keller Hall 2-276). ECE students of all years are welcome to come hang out, study, or receive tutoring for related coursework. Insomnia cookies will be provided! You can also join via the HKN Discord. 

Professor Chris Myers at the Wilson Lecture Series

Design of Asynchronous Genetic Circuits

Researchers are now able to engineer synthetic genetic circuits for a range of applications in the environmental, medical, and energy domains. Crucial to the success of these efforts is the development of methods and tools for genetic design automation (GDA). While inspiration can be drawn from experiences with electronic design automation (EDA), design with a genetic material poses several challenges. In particular, genetic circuits are composed of very noisy components making their behavior more asynchronous, analog, and stochastic in nature. This talk presents our research in the development of GDA tools that leverage our past experiences in asynchronous circuit synthesis and formal verification. These tools enables synthetic biologists to construct models, efficiently analyze and visualize them, and synthesize a genetic circuit from a library of parts. Each step of this design process utilizes standard data representation formats enabling the ready exchange of results. 

Biography of professor Chris Myers

Chris J. Myers received a BS in EE and Chinese history from Caltech, and MSEE and PhD degrees from Stanford. Before becoming Chair of ECEE at CU Boulder in 2020, he was a professor and associate chair in ECE at the University of Utah. Myers is the author of over 200 technical papers and the textbooks Asynchronous Circuit Design and Engineering Genetic Circuits. He is also a co-inventor on four patents. His research interests include asynchronous design, formal verification, and genetic circuit design. Myers received an NSF Fellowship in 1991, an NSF CAREER award in 1996, best paper awards at the 1999 and 2007 Symposiums on Asynchronous Circuits and Systems, and is a fellow of the IEEE. He is a leader in the development of standards for systems and synthetic biology. In particular, he has served as an editor for the SBML standard, is the chair of the steering committee for the SBOL standard and is the chair of the COMBINE coordination board. 

Minnesota NeuroSpin Initiative Workshop

Minnesota NeuroSpin Initiative's inaugural workshop brings together neurologists, neuroscientists, and engineers to solve medical challenges, advance knowledge of neuron cells and their networks, and discover novel approaches for neuromorphic computing and memory using micromagnetic and spintronic innovations.

Meeting location: Beacon Room, University Recreation and Wellness Center, 123 SE Harvard St, Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Dr. Margaret Martonosi at the Wilson Lecture Series

Virtual campus visit with NSF CISE AD Dr. Margaret Martonosi

The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports a majority of US academic research in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) topic areas.  Since February 2020, Dr. Margaret Martonosi has served as NSF CISE AD, stewarding the CISE directorate's $1B annual budget on behalf of research, education, workforce and infrastructure funding in CISE topic areas and for science as a whole. Martonosi is conducting a series of virtual campus visits to engage in conversation about a vision for CISE research going forward, and to field Q&A from the CISE community. Please join us for this highly-interactive session and please bring your input and questions!

Biography of Dr. Martonosi

Margaret Martonosi is the US National Science Foundation's Assistant Director for Computer and information Science and Engineering (CISE). With an annual budget of more than $1B, the CISE directorate at NSF has the mission to uphold the Nation's leadership in scientific discovery and engineering innovation through its support of fundamental research and education in computer and information science and engineering as well as transformative advances in research cyberinfrastructure. While at NSF, Dr. Martonosi is on leave from Princeton University where she is the Hugh Trumbull Adams '35 Professor of Computer Science. Her research interests are in computer architecture and hardware-software interface issues in both classical and quantum computing systems. Dr. Martonosi is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.


Work and immigration options in Canada

International Student & Scholar Services, and UMN Career Services Administration, have invited representatives from the Consulate General of Canada’s Immigration section to give a presentation to the UMN community. They will present information about various topics, including the process to become a Canadian via the Express Entry program and opportunities to work in Canada. All UMN students, scholars, and staff (international and U.S. citizens) of any discipline are welcome to attend. Please email Jane, UMN International Career Consultant, at if you have any questions.

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This session cannot be recorded.

H-1B visa session

ISSS is hosting a live presentation focusing exclusively on the H-1B visa, the differences between “cap-subject” and “cap-exempt” petitions, and the latest news on the application process and timelines. The presentation will be done by Craig Peterson, an immigration attorney with over 20 years of immigration law experience, including advising UMN international students, scholars, and employees. This event will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, December 1st at 12pm CST, and it will include a live Question and Answer opportunity with Craig who will be present to address your questions. This session will be recorded and shared on the ISSS website, and it is separate from the general “Employment-based Visas & Permanent Residency" presentation happening in November.

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All UMN International Students, Faculty and Staff are welcome to join. 

IEEE UMN Tech Event: PC Autopsy

Join the IEEE Tech Subcommittee as they take apart and diagnose a broken PC.

Thursday, Nov. 18th at 6 pm in the IEEE room (Keller 2-110)

Employment Based Visas and Permanent Residency

Employment Based Visas and Permanent Residency Session with Immigration Attorney, John Medeiros

Join the International Student and Scholar Services for a live “Watch Party” of a recorded presentation discussing the various types of employment-based visas (including H-1B) and paths to permanent residency (“green card”). The presentation will be done by John Medeiros, an immigration attorney with nearly 30 years of experience in immigration law.  This event will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, November 17th at 11:30am CST, and it will include a live Question and Answer opportunity with John who will be present to address your questions. This event will also be recorded and shared on the ISSS website. There will also be a separate workshop exclusively about H-1B visas in early December.

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