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Minnesota State Mankato Student to Present Research in Washington, D.C.

Katie Rubitschung is one of just 60 students from across the nation selected to present at Posters on the Hill.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-18-2017

Mankato, Minn. –Minnesota State University, Mankato undergraduate student Katie Rubitschung is one of 60 students from a pool of hundreds across the United States selected to present their research April 25-26 at the 21st annual Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C.

Posters on the Hill is a competitive event, giving students the opportunity to showcase their research to congressional members, meet with their representatives and learn about advocacy for undergraduate research.

Rubitschung, who is majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry at Minnesota State Mankato, is a senior from Hackensack, Minn. She graduated in 2011 from Walker-Hackensack-Akeley High School.

Her undergraduate research project, titled “Mineralization and Structural Anatomy of Bone from Male C57/BL6 Mice with Reduced Testosterone Levels,” was completed under the mentorship of faculty member Michael Bentley, a professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Biological Sciences.

In her work, Rubitschung used energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy in conjunction with scanning electron microscopy to determine the amount of calcium and phosphate in long bones of the mice who surgically castrated. Her work is based on the observation that in humans, aging men often develop osteoporosis as their testosterone levels decline.

For more information about Rubitschung’s research project, contact Professor Michael Bentley at 507-389-5730 or at

For more information on the Undergraduate Research Center at Minnesota State Mankato, see For more information on the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, see

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Biological Sciences is part of the University’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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