The workshop will begin at 5 PM on Sunday, February 22, with a reception and welcoming remarks. Please make your travel plans so that you will be able to attend this opening session. Arrival at the Minneapolis/St Paul airport by 3:00 will get you here in time. We will conclude on Tuesday, February 24, at 6:30 PM. It is essential that you attend the full workshop program. A final dinner will be held on Tuesday night which we strongly encourage you to attend. Housing is provided for Tuesday night.


Applicants who have received an acceptance notice must complete the workshop registration form. The registration deadline is Monday, February 2. You'll need to make your travel plans before completing the registration form.


Participants or their home institutions must provide funding for transportation to and from the workshop.

by Air

Air travelers should fly into the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) airport. We recommend arriving at MSP no later than 3:00 PM on Sunday, February 22, and departing from MSP on Wednesday, February 25.

Ground transportation between MSP airport and Northfield takes approximately 45 minutes. Ground transportation will be arranged for you based on the flight information that you submit to when you register. The airport shuttle drivers will deliver you to the Country Inn. Directions to the meeting will be available at the hotel desk.

by Car

If you are driving we recommend doing a Google driving direction search on the Northfield Country Inn located at: 300 South Highway 3, Northfield, MN, 55057.


Room reservations have been made for everyone attending the workshop at the Northfield Country Inn. The cost of double occupancy rooms is covered by a grant from the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE-0817353). Single-occupancy rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You are responsible for the difference in cost between a double and a single room. Every room has a phone and free wireless internet access. There is also a heated indoor pool at the Country Inn. Directions to the meeting will be available at the hotel desk.


All applicants that have been accepted to this workshop will be added to a workshop participant email list. The email list will be used by the conveners and support staff to send out additional information about the workshop program and logistics.

You will have a telephone in your room at the Country Inn and messages can be left at the hotel desk: (507) 645-2286.

Each participant will need a laptop computer during the workshop. Please let us know when you register if you are unable to bring your own laptop; in that case, we will provide one for you to use during the workshop. Internet access will be available in the workshop meeting rooms on campus and at the Country Inn.


A complimentary continental breakfast will be served each day at the Country Inn. Other meals will be served on campus or in local restaurants. All meals will include vegetarian offerings. Please provide information on the registration form if you require special meals. The cost of most meals during the workshop is covered. However, the NSF grant does not cover alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase during some meals.

What to Expect

Northfield is a small town about 35 miles south of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. February is cold here with average temperatures between 5 and 26 degrees Fahrenheit. It's about a five-block walk to the meeting space from the hotel. Downtown Northfield is about 2-3 blocks from the hotel. We encourage participants to walk, but we will offer a shuttle service at the start and end of the day for those who prefer not to walk. Please let us know if you have any concerns about accommodations or mobility when you register.