Partner with the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) to build your corporate brand on campus and connect with students, faculty and the community around events focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). As a partner or a sponsor, your company will have the opportunity to meet exceptional students, be recognized in promotional materials, and help develop the next generation of scientists and engineers. As a CSE Student Services Programming Partner, your company becomes a significant supporter of student leadership development, K-12 outreach, and student groups. Download a print version of available corporate sponsorship opportunities (PDF).

Events

CSE Winter Light Show

Dates: Mid-December 2017, multiple weekend shows (annually in Dec.)
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. Find out more from the CSE Winter Light Show news release.

Audience: Student Engagement, Community Outreach

Partner Benefits:

  • Participate in the Opening Night Premiere party (for platinum sponsors)
  • Special recognition during the nightly show introductions

LeaderShape Institute

Dates: Tuesday, Jan. 9 through Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 (annually in Jan.)
This annual, weeklong leadership development program held at Camp Ihduhapi, Loretto, Minn. engages 60-72 University of Minnesota student leaders. The students are from the College of Science and Engineering, the 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.

Audience: Leadership, Student Engagement

Partner Benefits:

  • Send company representative(s) to the Guest Leader night to network with students
  • Invitation for a company representative to participate as a small group Cluster Facilitator for the week (for platinum sponsors)
  • Invitation for a company representative(s) to participate on panel discussions with students

Catalyst by LeaderShape

Dates: Saturday in February 2018 (annually in spring)
Catalyst is an annual, single-day leadership development program held on-campus. This program engages 60 undergraduate and graduate-level women in the College of Science and Engineering. During the program, students will begin the larger process of understanding personal leadership and potential, collaboration, and teamwork. Visit the Catalyst website.

Audience: Leadership, Student Engagement, Women in Science and Engineering

Partner Benefits: Send company representative(s) to observe the program and network with students over lunch


CSE Expo

Dates: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 (annually in spring)
This “for students, by students” field trip event offers upwards of 1,500 visiting middle school students more than 30 fun, hands-on projects designed by CSE students representing areas of science, technology, engineering, and math in an open-house setting. This event has been held annually since 2014. Visit the CSE Expo web page.

Audience: K-12 Outreach, Student Engagement

Partner Benefits: Primary logo placement on promotional items given to guests (e.g. drawstring backpacks)


CSE Week

Dates: Seven days in April 2018 (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: Host a custom event on campus during the festivities


Summer Camps: Discover STEM, Girls Solve It!, and Eureka!

Dates:  Summer 2018 (annually in summer)
These three summer day camps for students grades 8-12 are for students interested in starting their personal journey of exploring majors and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 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 areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Throughout the summer approximately 125 students will attend these programs. Visit the summer camps web page.

Audience: K-12 Outreach, Women in Science and Engineering, Underrepresented Populations

Partner Benefits: Send company representatives to present an interactive lesson in STEM on campus to campers


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. The CSE WISE Initiative reaches all undergraduate and graduate women enrolled in CSE (approximately 2,100 students). The WISE residential Living Learning Community (approximately 40 first-year students) provides additional opportunities for engagement. Visit the CSE WISE Initiative web page.

Audience: Student Engagement, Women in Science and Engineering, Underrepresented Populations

Partner Benefits: Host a custom event with the CSE WISE Initiative


CSE President’s Emerging Scholars (PES) Program

Dates: Ongoing
The President’s Emerging Scholars (PES) is a four-year U of M program that supports high-potential science and engineering undergrads with a special focus on women, underrepresented minority, and first-generation students. CSE aims to engage these students in a strong community that supports the existing student services (academic advising, career counseling) offered by the college and the greater University. 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.

Audience: Student Engagement, Women in Science and Engineering, Underrepresented Populations

Partner Benefits: Host a custom event with the CSE PES program


CSE Student Organization Grant Funding

Dates: Ongoing
The office of Collegiate Life in CSE organizes a grant program to fund events and programming organized by 75+ CSE-based student organizations during the academic year. These events engage a variety of students from across the college. Student organizations include Society of Women Engineers, Association of Computing Machinery, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Engineering World Health, National Society of Black Engineers, and many others. Visit the CSE student groups web page.

Audience: Student Engagement, Leadership, Women in Science and Engineering, Underrepresented Populations

Partner Benefits:

  • Provide student organizations with general funds to support programming that builds leadership, teamwork, communication skills and more
  • Gain access to connect with student groups through networking events, information sessions, or other negotiated options
  • Host 100 prospective female CSE students during SWEekend with the Society of Women Engineers in March 2018
  • Support the 2018 Society of Women Engineers National Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center in October

Summer Computing Academy

Dates: Summer 2018
The office of Collegiate Life in CSE organizes a grant program to fund events and programming organized by 75+ CSE-based student organizations during the academic year. These events engage a variety of students from across the college. Student organizations include Society of Women Engineers, Association of Computing Machinery, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Engineering World Health, National Society of Black Engineers, and many others. Visit the Summer Computing Academy website.

Audience: K-12 Outreach, Women in Science and Engineering, Underrepresented Populations

Partner Benefits: Send company representatives to present an interactive lesson in STEM on campus


Girls Who Code

Dates: Ongoing
Girls Who Code Volunteers is a group of University students that aid school-age girls in learning to code. Members assist students in coding projects at weekly club meetings on campus. Members organize and go on local field trips showcasing career opportunities in computer science, coding, and technology. The group hosts speakers to give guest presentations highlighting career opportunities in computer science to the girls in the club. Visit the Girls Who Code website.

Audience: K-12 Outreach, Women in Science and Engineering, Underrepresented Populations

Partner Benefits: Gain access to connect with student groups through networking events, information sessions, or other negotiated options


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.

Audience: Student Engagement, Leadership

Partner Benefits:

  • Opportunity to attend and speak at an EWB-UMN project meeting during the academic year
  • Invitation for two representatives to attend the EWB Recognition Banquet in the spring

SWEekend

Dates: March 2018
100 prospective CSE female students come to campus for a weekend where they shadow current CSE Society of Women Engineers (SWE) students.

Audience: Student Engagement, Women in STEM


Competitive Project Teams

(Formula SAE, SAE Clean Snowmobile, Solar Vehicle Project, and more)
Dates: Ongoing
Student project teams design and build new vehicles annually or biennially for national and international competitions. Teams draw members 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 national and international competitions. Your sponsorship will be directed to the specific team of your choice. Visit the CSE student groups web page.

Tags: Student Engagement, Leadership

Partner Benefits: Logo placement on the vehicle during international and national competitions, local showcases, and more


Other Partnership and Sponsorship

Platinum Partners: $50,000 per year

Platinum partners receive:

  • Sponsorship recognition at all events, competitions, or student organizations of their choosing, which includes:
    • Logo placement on all promotional materials
    • Sponsor recognition in social media
    • Recognition as Platinum Partner at the event
    • Opportunity for special interaction with student leaders (see event list for specifics of opportunities)

Gold Partners: $25,000 per year

Gold partners receive:

  • Sponsorship recognition at up to seven events, competitions, or student organizations of their choosing, which includes:
    • Logo placement on all promotional materials
    • Sponsor recognition in social media
    • Recognition as Gold Partner at the event
  • Opportunity for special interaction with student leaders (see event list for specific opportunities)

Silver Partners: $10,000 per year

Silver partners receive:

  • Sponsorship recognition at up to three events, competitions, or student organizations of their choosing, which includes:
    • Logo placement on all promotional materials
    • Sponsor recognition in social media
    • Recognition as Silver Partner at the event
  • Opportunity for special interaction with student leaders (see event list for specific opportunities)

Bronze Event/Organization Sponsor: $2,000 per event

Companies may select to sponsor particular events, K-12 outreach programs or student organizations and competition teams with a $2,000 contribution. Bronze sponsors will receive logo placement on all promotional materials for the event they select, and will be recognized at the event as a bronze sponsor.