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Recognized Nationally for Leadership in Undergraduate Research

Council on Undergraduate Research lists Minnesota State Mankato among 57 institutions nationally recognized.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 1-27-2015

Mankato, Minn. – The Council on Undergraduate Research, an organization that promotes high-quality faculty-undergraduate collaborative research and scholarly work, has recognized Minnesota State University, Mankato as a national leader in undergraduate research.

Minnesota State Mankato was among 57 institutions from across the United States to be recognized.

The institutions recognized were celebrated by the Council on Undergraduate Research for their leadership in providing significant numbers of students with an opportunity to present their work at the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

“Being recognized as a national leader in undergraduate research is wonderful recognition for Minnesota State Mankato and our students and faculty,” said University President Richard Davenport. “Through our Undergraduate Research Center, we continue to be committed to providing our students with local, national and international undergraduate research opportunities.”

After establishing its Undergraduate Research Center in 2009, Minnesota State Mankato sent five students to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, a number that has grown to over 50 participants in 2014, more than any other university or college in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Minnesota State Mankato will be conducting 32 presentations (47 student presenters) at the 2015 conference, which will be held April 16-18 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash.

Every Minnesota State Mankato student to participate in the conference has traveled with full financial support that has been provided by departments, colleges and the University Foundation, said Marilyn Hart, interim associate dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology and previous director of the Center.

For more information about Minnesota State Mankato’s Undergraduate Research Center, please contact Chip Panahon, acting director of the Center, by phone at 507-389-2668 or by email at

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research has been the leading national venue for the presentation of undergraduate research for the past 28 years.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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