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April 8 and 16: Undergraduate Research Events

More than 200 research presentations featured.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-5-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Undergraduate research events will be held on both Monday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 16 at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

“We are delighted to host (these two events) and privileged to showcase the best undergraduate research that occurs on our campuses,” Marilyn Hart, director of the Minnesota State Mankato Undergraduate Research Center.

2nd Annual Minnesota Undergraduate Conference of Scholarly and Creative Activity

  • WHERE: Centennial Student Union Ballroom, Minnesota State Mankato
  • TIME: From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • COST: Free and open to the general public
  • FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Marilyn Hart or Supriya Sarkar, 507-389-1706,

The conference will feature more than 200 presentations, including poster presentations, oral papers, visual art, displays, and performance art. The 200 presentations represent an 80% growth since 2012 in a wide variety of disciplines by students from all seven Minnesota state universities, including Minnesota State Mankato, Winona State University, St. Cloud State University, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Southwest Minnesota State University and Bemidji State University. Five of the state’s community colleges will participate for the first time, including Rochester Community and Technical College, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Anoka Ramsey Community College, North Hennepin Community College and Inver Hills Community College.

15th Annual Minnesota State Mankato Undergraduate Research Symposium

  • WHERE: Centennial Student Union Ballroom, Minnesota State Mankato
  • TIME: From 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • COST: Free and open to the general public
  • MORE INFORMATION: Contact Alexandra Panahon, Marilyn Hart or Natasha Olson, 507-389-1706,

Minnesota State Mankato students will be presenting their research, creative and scholarly projects through poster presentations, oral papers, visual art, displays, and performance art.

A delegation from Northeastern State University in Magadan, Russia, will be participating in both undergraduate research events at Minnesota State Mankato, giving presentations at each. The Russian delegation includes six students who represent undergraduate and graduate programs in preschool, elementary, secondary, and special education.

Also expected to be among the delegation were Svetlana Yakimchuk, professor in Northeastern State University’s Department of Educational Studies, and Svetlana Borzunova and Anzhela Shepeta, administrators of Kindergarten Number 3.

In addition to studying and practicing new approaches to research, the group will also be teaching and learning at the Mankato Area Public Schools in order to learn about facility design, assessment, curriculum, special education, and classroom behavior management.

Prior to the trip, the president of Northeastern State University, Anatoly Shirokov, said: “We are very pleased that (Minnesota State Mankato) and our university have had this cooperative agreement for more than five years. Our faculty and students benefit from international collaborations for pedagogy, research, and culture.”

Senior student Andrey Kalugin said: “I want to learn how Americans have education combined with active physical training for disabled children. I hope to meet teachers who practice this.”
For more information about the delegates from Russia, please contact Elizabeth J. Sandell, associate professor of early childhood education, by phone at 507-351-8035 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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