Volunteer with On-Campus Projects

Examples of current volunteer opportunities:

Undergraduate Faculty Retiree Mentoring:  Retired UMN faculty volunteers serve as mentors to Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS) awardees to complete a research project before the end of their second year at the UMN. Additional information about this opportunity can be found on the Resources page.

Academic Integrity Matters (A.I.M.):  The A.I.M. program offered by the University of Minnesota Office for Community Standards is based on the principles of restorative justice to address student academic misconduct.  A panel of university community volunteers meet with students who have failed to comply with the student conduct code.  

Health Consultant - Academic Health Center:  Students from Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Occupational Therapy are placed in integrative teams to meet with Volunteer Community Teachers three times during the academic year to gain insight into the needs and concerns of patients or clients.  

Diet and Diabetes Study: The UMN Department of Medicine-Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism is conducting a study to investigate the effects of a specific diet as a part of a treatment plan for type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Low Vision and Hearing Impairment Spatial Localization Study: Participants will be asked to complete an online survey comprised of scenarios and questions about participants vision and hearing status as well as their experiences utilizing vision and hearing to localize objects or people in everyday situations.

Masonic Cancer Center’s Summer Sun Safety Events: M Health Fairview and the UMN Masonic Cancer Center are working to provide access to information about cancer prevention, treatment, survivorship, and clinical research opportunities. Volunteers assist in welcoming attendees, providing sun safety educational information, and handing out sunscreen.

UMN Hearing Aid Study: Results of the study will provide information for the
design of a new hearing aid device and its accompanying self-adjusting technology for adults with mild-to-moderate hearing loss. Volunteers will wear the hearing aids for two 2-3 week at-home trials.

Standardized Client Program at the University of Minnesota Law School: Individuals from the local community partner with first-year law students, instructors, faculty, and administrators to provide educational experiences by bringing the client perspective to the forefront of legal education. Standardized clients are individuals from the community who are coached to recreate the personal and legal history, personality, and emotional state of an actual client. 

UMN Psychology Temporal Information Processing Study: The UMN Psychology Department is interested in how younger and older adults process dynamic changes in sounds across time. Volunteers will be asked to participate in three study sessions.

Parkinson's Disease Study: This study will assess whether there is greater benefit to completing high-intensity aerobic exercise compared to moderate intensity aerobic exercise in slowing the signs/symptoms of PD. Volunteers will complete two screening visits, one baseline visit, and periodic study visits.

U Honors Course Proposal: Retired faculty are eligible to submit proposals to the University Honors Program for undergraduate Honors Seminars to be taught in 2023-24.

Ted Mann Concert Hall Usher Training: Ted Mann volunteers usher for, and enjoy, School of Music concerts and opera, and non-University performance events. Volunteer ushers are expected to work at least one shift monthly.

Propose and Instruct a New OLLI Course: UMN's College of Continuing & Professional Studies, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)  is well-known for providing "beyond-career" learning opportunities. Volunteers will propose a course topic and, if it is accepted, be the course instructor.

Usher/Greeter:  Rarig Center Theater, Stages Theatre

Want to learn more about volunteer opportunities?

Contact [email protected] or 612-625-8016 or find more information through URVC's Better Impact. https://app.betterimpact.com/Login/Volunteer

Volunteers in Action

Jonathan Ravdin standing next to a URS student mentee

Retired Faculty URS Mentor Jonathan Ravdin and a student mentee


Volunteer MELP tutor session

Volunteer Participating in a Research Study

Volunteer Participating in a Research Study

Mentor Lunch

Mentors, Phil and Karin Peterson, with URS Students

Ankle Study

Volunteer Participating in Ankle Proprioception Research Study