Summer Institute

2016 Summer Institute

What drives you? Sparks your curiosity? Ignites your passion?

  • What impact do you want to make in the world?
  • How can you use your research and scholarship to make a difference—whether locally or globally, whatever your field?
  • How do you begin to tackle a problem that crosses disciplines, public and private sectors, and even national boundaries?
  • Want to learn more?


The Graduate School Fellows Summer Institute will help you answer these questions while connecting you with other Ph.D. students and postdocs in an intensive week of learning.

In project-based teams, participants will learn from leading University of Minnesota faculty and staff, community practitioners and innovative thinkers about self-awareness and team dynamics; collaborative leadership; idea generation and innovation; and research design for discipline-spanning, 21st-century societal challenges.

This week-long learning program focuses on the skills, approaches and methodologies necessary to successfully engage the most critical challenges of our time. The intensive, cohort-based program offers a series of integrated modules designed to introduce participants to key concepts related to team dynamics, collaborative leadership, and solving large, real-world problems—from ensuring clean water and sustainable ecosystems to fostering just and equitable communities. Participants will complete a self-assessment prior to the start of the GSFSI to assess their leadership style. Learning will be lively and engaged, with time provided for reflection and small group work.