The University of Minnesota Crookston is proud to announce that Assistant Professor, Tony Schroeder, was one of ten recipients of the University of Minnesota System’s McKnight Land-Grant Award. “The McKnight Land Grant Award is given annually to a small handful of exceptional faculty members across the entire University of Minnesota System,” said Anthony Kern, Unit Head for Agriculture, Natural Resources, Math, Science and Technology.  Kern adds, “Although several hundred faculty members are eligible for the award, Dr. Schroeder’s exceptional research, teaching, and community service portfolio make him a truly deserving recipient.”

“This is truly a historic award for Dr. Schroeder and the University of Minnesota Crookston.  There have only been 243 recipients of this award since its founding in 1987, and of those, only three were faculty members outside the Twin Cities campus” said Vice Chancellor at UMN Crookston, John Hoffman. 

Schroeder is an assistant professor in the Math, Science and Technology department at UMN Crookston. Schroeder teaches biology courses focusing on molecular genetics, and has an active research program that focuses on the diversity of freshwater sponges in Minnesota and several projects that examine the impact of environmental contaminants on animal development. 

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost announced that ten faculty members have been named as the 2020-22 McKnight Land-Grant Professors. The goal of this program is to advance the careers of assistant professors at a crucial point in their professional lives. The professorship includes a research grant of $25,000 in each of the two years of the award to be used for expenditures related to the recipient’s research and scholarly work.

Award Background

Purpose — The central purpose of the McKnight Land-Grant Professorship program is to strengthen the University’s faculty for the future. The program is designed to advance the careers of the most promising junior faculty members who are at the beginning stages of their professional careers, and who have the potential to make significant contributions to their departments and to their scholarly fields. The program is also intended to help build loyalty to the institution.

About UMN Crookston

One of five campuses in the University of Minnesota System, the University of Minnesota Crookston cultivates curiosity by engaging students in hands-on learning connecting theory to practice. As the experienced leader in delivering education online, the Crookston campus offers a distinctive learning environment providing personal attention and mentorship to develop leaders, lifelong learners, and engaged citizens. Visit Crookston at 

About UMN

The University of Minnesota System, with campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and the Twin Cities, is driven by a singular vision of excellence. We are proud of our land-grant mission of world-class education, groundbreaking research, and community-engaged outreach, and we are unified in our drive to serve Minnesota. Learn more at

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