Minnesota State Mankato's 4th Annual Research Month to be Celebrated in April

Public invited to April 1 kick-off, events throughout the month

March 25, 2024 | News Story

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato is holding its fourth annual “Research Month” throughout April to showcase the multitude of research, scholarly and creative activity that occurs at the University.

Research Month begins with a new kick-off event Monday, April 1 from 5-6:45 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Hearth Lounge. The general public is invited to attend the kick-off to view a poster session that showcases University research and browse a display of books written by Minnesota State Mankato faculty and staff. Detailed information on presenters and authors is compiled in a digital program. Appetizers will be available.

Immediately following the April 1 kick-off event, the 50th annual Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lecture, also free and open to the public, will be held from 7-9 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

The public is invited to access many events either in-person or online through an online calendar. In addition, the University’s Research Month Web page has links to the many research, creative and scholarly activities happening at Minnesota State Mankato.

A series of Research Month video messages highlight faculty scholars, college deans and Minnesota State Mankato Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs David Hood.

Minnesota State Mankato President Edward Inch said that the month is an opportunity to celebrate research across campus.

“Engaging in research is a powerful part of the educational journey, and seeing how Mavericks are using it to engage their world is something to celebrate,” said Inch. “Research Month at Minnesota State University, Mankato is a tremendous opportunity to showcase the outstanding work being done by our faculty, staff and students.”

One of the student-related research events during the month is the Undergraduate Research Symposium on Thursday, April 18, an in-person event that is hosted by Minnesota State Mankato’s Undergraduate Research Center. There will also be an online (asynchronous) version of the Undergraduate Research Symposium for those unable to attend the in-person event. For more information about the asynchronous event, please contact urc@mnsu.edu.

2024 Distinguished Faculty Scholar Recipients

Teri Wallace, interim associate vice president for research and dean of extended campus, Daniel Houlihan, director of the Center for Excellence in Scholarship and Research, and the members of the Faculty Research Committee recently announced the 2024 Distinguished Faculty Scholar award recipients: Afroza Anwary (Department of Sociology and Leadership Studies), Laura Harrison (Department of History and Gender Studies) and Jessica Schomberg (Department of Library Services).

Awardees will be recognized at this year’s Celebration of Excellence event April 22 as part of Minnesota State Mankato’s Research Month.

(NOTE TO EDITORS: Media with questions about Research Month may contact Teri Wallace, the University’s interim associate vice president for research and dean of extended campus, by phone at 507-389-5381 or by email at teresa.wallace@mnsu.edu.)

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,635 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 26 colleges and seven universities.

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