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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

University on the Prairie Impact Report 2007-2014

By Colleen Gengler, Extension Educator emerita — Family Development

University on the Prairie is a three-day summer program for students grades 7–12. Students explore science concepts and careers of importance to the economics of southwest Minnesota including environmental and agricultural, food, health, chemistry and engineering sciences.

Students work together on an engineering project.

In a fall 2014 survey of parents of participants who have graduated from high school, 59 percent of parents reported that attending University on the Prairie influenced their child's choice of education and career goals. The interactive, hands-on program fosters an enthusiasm for science that translates into participants' career choices:

  • Of the graduated participants surveyed, 62 percent have entered a science-related post-secondary education or career field. 
  • Of those who entered a science-related field, 45 percent chose a career path in the health sciences and 24 percent entered the agricultural and environmental field.

Now in its ninth year, the 2015 University on the Prairie was held July 28–30 at the University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center near Lamberton. For more information about SWROC's K-12 and family programs, visit the SWROC website.

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