Welcome to SPAN

A new chapter in SPAN’s 70-year history

SPAN, the Student Project for Amity among Nations, is writing a new chapter in its 70-year history. Minnesota’s longest-running undergraduate travel and research program is relocating to a new institutional home, Hamline University, St. Paul. For the past seven decades the academic program has been housed at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Further information about this transition will be available here shortly.

Get a world away through research abroad

In summer, 2017, the Student Project for Amity among Nations, SPAN, traveled to two countries: Morocco and Russia to enable undergraduate students to pursue independent research. These destinations offered two dozen SPANners, as they are called, an opportunity to immerse themselves in another culture and country, to sightsee, and to explore a self-chosen research topic of keen interest to the individual student researcher.

Set your sights on traveling overseas with SPAN in summer 2020

First, learn more about this one-of-a-kind research and travel program. Visit the “About SPAN” tab on this website. There you can find out more about the long history and nature of this particular study-abroad offering.

Also read more about the 2017 destinations and the faculty who led the study and research student groups, namely Ryan Goei, Ph.D., (Morocco) as well as advisors Dana Lindaman, Ph.D., (Morocco) and Matt Miller, Ph.D. (Russia), who has previously led groups of SPAN researchers to Russia.

Remember, SPAN is open to students from all Minnesota colleges and universities. Check out this rewarding possibility, then apply to be a SPAN researcher for summer 2020. Upon completion of the requirements of the SPAN research program, SPAN researchers earn eight Hamline University  credits; the credits can be transferred.

Every SPAN student is eligible to receive a scholarship.

Students previously traveled to Germany and Armenia & Georgia

In 2015, SPAN students visited Germany or Armenia & Georgia, former states of the Soviet Union. They compiled their research finding on a variety of topics: from quantum physics, Armenian genocide, and public health, to architecture, folklore and poetry. Upon their return from overseas, the participants met in a group setting or one-on-one with their faculty advisors to receive guidance on the basics of writing a substantive research paper.