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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Student Spotlight

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Congratulations to Zachary Koestler, the featured Student Spotlight for the Summer of 2019!


What does undergraduate research mean to you?

Undergraduate research has been a huge part of my first year here at Minnesota State University, Mankato. My research team and I have grown from a group of strangers to a genuine community. Together, we wrote grant proposals and applied for approval to conduct research with human subjects. The research process has helped me develop critical thinking, as well as oral and written communication skills. This year, I had the incredible opportunities to participate in three conferences: the MSU Undergraduate Research Symposium, the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Kennesaw, Georgia, and the World Conference on Undergraduate Research in Oldenburg, Germany. Presenting and networking at these conferences were only possible because of participating in undergraduate research at MSU.

How does research fit into your long-term goals?

With my increased knowledge and experience of research methods, this will allow me to be successful in obtaining my master’s degree in Special Education after my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education.