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Morris Student Administrative Fellows (MSAF)

The University of Minnesota Morris offers the Morris Student Administrative Fellows program, in which academic and administrative staff select students to serve as teaching assistants to sponsoring faculty and as interns in offices and programs on campus. MSAF students undertake assignments that enhance their intellectual competence, enrich their academic program, or hone their technical skills.

Guidelines

  • The MSAF is available to all students in good academic standing.
  • An MSAF student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.25.
  • An MSAF student must carry a minimum of 12 credits per semester.
  • An MSAF student is not on an hourly payroll. Awards will depend on the approximate number of hours the unit expects the student to work each week, ranging from 3-4 hours a week ($550 per semester, $1,100 per academic year) to 6-8 hours per week ($1,100 per semester or $2,200 per academic year).
  • Stipends are paid at the beginning of each semester, directly to a student's financial aid account.
  • Projects that qualify should involve greater complexity than typical work-study assignments.
  • MSAF students are to undertake assignments that enhance their intellectual competence, enrich their academic program, or hone their technical skills.
  • Stipends will be available for proposals submitted from all units of the campus, with projects providing the greatest opportunity for student enrichment being given priority.
  • Service as an MSAF student will not disqualify a student from having a MAP, but they may not be held concurrently.
  • Because the average number of hours a CA is expected to work is 10 to 12 per week in addition to carrying successfully a full academic load, a student may not be a CA and hold an MSAF at the same time. Note that MSAF awards are usually made before CA decisions, so a student who is awarded an MSAF and then becomes a CA will have to choose between them.
  • The MSAF fellowship is not available for academic credit.

Procedures

  1. A faculty or staff member completes the MSAF Application Form.
  2. The Dean’s Office notifies the applicant and the student of the decision via campus email.

Award Criteria

  • Will the MSAF fellowship provide an assignment that enhances the student's intellectual competence, enrich their academic program, or hone their technical skills?
  • Does the project involve greater complexity than typical work-study assignments?
  • Applications from all units of the campus or from regional agencies, such as WCROC are allowed.
  • Depending on funding constraints, projects with students named may be funded first.

Deadlines

  • See the Call for Applications document for deadlines and instructions.
  • A Program Evaluation from both the fellow and supervisor are due in the Dean's Office on May 1.

MSAF Program Evaluation