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April 16: Undergraduate Research Symposium

"Inspiring Students, Creating Scholars" is theme of 2013 symposium.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-11-2013

Mankato, Minn. -- Minnesota State University, Mankato students will present their research, creative and scholarly projects through poster presentations, oral papers, visual art, displays, and performance art at the 15th annual Minnesota State Mankato Undergraduate Research Symposium from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom on campus.

The event is free and open to the general public.

This year the theme for the symposium is “Inspiring Students, Creating Scholars.”

The coordinator of the symposium, Associate Professor Alexandra Panahon from the Department of Special Education in Minnesota State Mankato's College of Education, said that providing undergraduate students with the opportunity to participate in the research process allows them to engage in scholarship in new and exciting ways.

Panahon said that there will be over 170 oral and poster presentations at this event. In addition to the oral and poster presentations throughout the day, student creative works will be showcased at an art gallery opening Tuesday evening.

"Scholarship takes many forms, and all are celebrated at the symposium," said Panahon. "We invite (everyone) to attend events throughout the day to experience firsthand the incredible research and scholarly work that are occurring across our campus."

For more information, contact Panahon by phone at 389-2908 or by email at, or click on the website at this link.

Among the participants in the conference will be a delegation from Northeastern State University in Magadan, Russia that includes six students who will give presentations at the conference. 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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