University of Minnesota

Second Year Experience

Office of Undergraduate Education


Important Dates


General Roadmap

Finish the year strong!

By the time April rolls around, we are all anxious for warmer weather and it is easy to get distracted and let school and other responsibilities slide. Don't let that happen to you!

You've worked too hard all year to let things go now! Get a head start on your final assignments and other projects so that you have extra time to relax and enjoy the sun later. Avoid the urge to skip class and the "who cares, I'm almost done" mentality. Thinking about graduate or professional school? Remember, these grades will matter and your hard work will pay off.

Research — it's not just working in a lab!

Many people think of research as only taking place in a lab with a professor, but there are many kinds of research opportunities available to you. Research can take place in a lab, in a clinic, in the community, or in a studio-whatever is most appropriate for your field!

Finding a research mentor can seem daunting, but the Office of Undergraduate Research is always willing to help. Just stop in and let them know what kind of research you are interested in conducting and they will help you begin the process of finding a mentor.

There are also a number of different ways to get compensated for your research as a student. You can receive financial grants for a research project through UROP, receive academic credit, work for pay, or simply volunteer your time. Some students even do their research abroad! You can do multiple research projects, so start early and do it often!

  • Learn more about why you should participate in research during your time at the University.
  • Get started with UROP here. There are direct research, student employment and summer opportunities available.
  • Check out past research presentations and sample proposals here.

Career Roadmap


  • Don't have a summer plan yet? Talk to your career center about making the most of your summer!
  • Talk to your Academic Adviser or career center about taking a career planning or internship course.


  • Consider taking on a leadership role in your student/campus organization. Talk to leaders now about fall opportunities. /li>

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Career Planning in Your Second Year





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