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PDGR: Make a gift today and double the value of your support

UMRA’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees program is an annual competition for awards that support projects related to retirees’ research, instructional history, new scholarship, or creative interests. If you would like to make a financial contribution to the program, do it by December 31 and your tax-deductible gift will be doubled thanks to a $20,000 challenge grant from a generous anonymous donor. 

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2023 PDGR Abstracts

For 2023 grant year, the UMRA PDGR Committee reviewed 10 applications for Professional Development Grants for Retirees. The applications covered a diverse set of topics and goals. The PDGR Committee recommended that nine be funded in April 2023. The recipients represented the Morris and Twin Cities Campus. 

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Silver Gopher Service Corps by the numbers

UMRA members have logged nearly 200 hours of volunteer service to the University and broader community through the Silver Gopher Service Corps since its launch six months ago. 

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Silver Gophers, 4 at Sneak Preview 2023-07-13. Photo Deanne Magnusson

2024 grants for retirees

Applications for UMRA’s 2024 Professional Development Grants for Retirees competition will be accepted beginning October 1. Funding of up to $5,000 per grant is available. 

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Still driven to discover?

Applications for UMRA’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees will be posted on the UMRA website this summer. It is an annual competition open to all U of M retirees, with applications accepted from October 1 to December 31.

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2022–23 PDGR awards: From investigating insects to interpreting Shakespeare

UMRA’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees program is pleased to announce nine awards totaling more than $41,000 in financial support for projects that reflect the University’s broad reach and presence, statewide and internationally.

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The Farmer-Labor Movement: A Minnesota Story

Eight years in the making, a video documentary by UMRA member Randy Croce on the most successful third party in U.S. political history was brought to fruition with support from UMRA’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees program.

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It’s not too late to apply

UMRA’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees program is an annual competition with applications accepted October 1 to December 31. Funding of up to $5,000 per grant is available. Retirees from all five campuses within the U of M System are eligible.

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‘A cornucopia of riches’ brought to life with UMRA grant support

Joanne Eicher’s new book, Global Trade and Cultural Authentication, published with support from UMRA’s grant program, is the capstone of a stellar career launched by serendipity.

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Thanks for supporting UMRA’s grant program

If you have made a financial contribution to UMRA’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees program, thank you for your support. If you have not made a gift or would like to give again, it’s easy to make a gift online at any time. Applications for 2023 grants are due December 31.

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Meet PDGR grant recipient Wayne Potratz

Support from UMRA’s grant program has helped artist Wayne Potratz to maintain his studio and provide opportunities for undergraduate interns.

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Competition for 2023 grants opens October 1

Retirees from all five campuses within the U of M System are eligible for UMRA’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees program.

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Supporting strong transitions into retirement

UMRA’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees program provides funding for University of Minnesota retirees to continue their scholarship or pursue interesting new projects. All U of M retirees are eligible to participate in the annual competition.

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2022-2023 PDGR Abstracts

Wayne E. Potratz, Professor Emerita, Art Department, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota was awarded a PDGR grant for Texture: Form, Process, and the Aesthetics of Surface and Attendance at the 9th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art, Berlin, September 15-20, 2022.

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2021–22 PDGR awards

UMRA’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees program received only two applications for support over the past two years. It is not clear why, but the pandemic was almost certainly a major factor. 

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