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Sustainable Development Research Opportunity Program (SDROP)


SDROP provides stipends for University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) students to work with community partners on a wide variety of sustainable development projects. The students gain valuable 'outside the classroom' experience, and community partners' benefit from the help of some of UMD's best students.



The SDROP coordinators select community partners based on the merit of their ongoing sustainable development projects, and students are selected based on the quality of their applications as well as their particular skills and interests relative to the community partners. The students are then matched with appropriate projects, and given one year to complete their required work (120 hours) to receive the $1,500 stipend.


Many sustainable community development projects have been completed by SDROP students. Other projects are still on-going and new ones would be initiated subject to availability of funds. Each year a project fair is held on the UMD campus to highlight the SDROP community projects.



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Last updated 12-15-2010
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