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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

North Star Stem Alliance

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What is the North Star STEM Alliance program at Minnesota State?


It is a group of students who work together throughout the semester engaging in academic and social events that will further your educational and career goals. As a participant you will also work in conjunction with faculty throughout the college and have the opportunity to get to know other Alliance participants at other institutions.

What types of activities are there for the program?

A variety of on-campus and off-campus activities are available for participants. You have the opportunity to go to fall events such as the Nobel Conference and the Kick-Off program and conferences. Spring offers exposure to undergraduate research conferences and trips to industry sites. In addition there are peer mentoring sessions, career workshop sessions, and academic activities here on campus. You will be able to get to know other students in similar areas of interest and network with professionals across campus.

How will I benefit from the program?

There are many ways to benefit from the North Star STEM Alliance. You will be able to develop a larger social network both here at MSU and at other Alliance institutions. In addition you will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and participate in activities that will strengthen your resume. Opportunities will also be available to meet and learn from STEM professionals in industry. And there are financial rewards in the form of stipends if you complete the required hours of participation.

What is the time commitment for the program?

The time commitment varies depending on your desired level of participation. North Star Scholars are committing up to 30 hours of activities throughout the semester, and if these hours are met you will receive a $300 stipend at the end of the term. The North Star Fellows will be expected to complete 70 hours of work for the term and the stipend is $1,000.

How do I apply to the program?

Scholar Application - North Star Stem Alliance

NSSA Scholar Application

Contact Information


Coordinator: Iloria Phoenix
Location: Trafton Center C112
Phone: 507-389-1521