The Medical Scientist Training Program is located on the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus, a short distance across the Mississippi river from downtown Minneapolis. The city offers residents an energetic nightlife scene, live music for all tastes, and an abundance of theatre venues, including the world-renowned Guthrie Theater. Sports fans will enjoy many opportunities for events at both the professional and collegiate levels, with impressive venues such as the Minnesota Twins open-air stadium Target Field and TCF Bank Stadium in the University’s stadium village. If you prefer quieter pursuits, you will find many outstanding art museums, including the University’s own Frank Gehry designed Frederick R. Weisman Museum, or enjoy the city’s natural beauty on one of several area lakes.  

St. Paul, the other half of the Twin Cities, is located downstream of the Mississippi and is home to the state capital building, the MN Science Museum  and MN History Center, Minnesota Wild hockey, and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts – venue of the Minnesota Opera and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. The city also hosts the Minnesota State Fair, one of the state’s best-loved, longest-standing traditions. This annual rite of passage of food, music, and fun is not to be missed.

In addition, the entire Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area offers a plethora of music, art, and community festivals all year long. A favorite set of festivals, the Minneapolis Aquatennial in the summer and the St. Paul Winter Carnival during the colder months, celebrates both the span of seasonal variation in Minnesota as well as a good natured rivalry between the two cities. You will find shopping opportunities on every scale, from small locally owned boutiques to the impressive multi-level Mall of America, with an expansive variety of shops as well as an indoor theme park and underground aquarium.

Finally, the metro area is well known for an extensive and well developed park and trail system, which connects neighborhoods with the Mississippi, area lakes and countless green areas. Trails and parks are open all year long to accommodate runners, bikers, and skiers, depending on the season. Getting out and enjoying the scenery is a way of life here, and the park systems and greenways are designed to help make it easy. Minneapolis has, in fact, been named the most bike friendly city in the nation.

As you can see, the Twin Cities hold something for nearly every interest; your time with the University of Minnesota’s MSTP will allow plenty of opportunities to explore and discover what they can hold for you!