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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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First-year Students and Sophomores: Honors students begin their research career at Minnesota State University, Mankato by discussing research with their peers in Honors FYEX 100 or HONR 201.  During this time, they are also instructed on how to compose research papers, how to find appropriate sources, and how to conduct ethical research.  General Education courses, especially honors sections of General Education courses, also help students by allowing them to practice their research skills in the form of essays and small projects while the students are introduced to the resources at Memorial Library.

Juniors and Seniors: Although some honors students start research projects in their first two years at the university, most conduct their own research or research with a faculty member in their given field in their last two years before graduation.  Advanced honors seminars, as well as seminars in the students’ major fields, often provide ideas and connections for students developing their research agendas. Along the way, students can apply for a competency development grant from the [PDF] Honors Program (235 KiB) or funding from the Undergraduate Research Center (URC) to help fund their research. They also share their projects at campus conferences, such as the Undergraduate Research Symposium, regional conferences, or national conferences such as the annual conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council or the annual conference of the National Council for Undergraduate Research. Some even publish their work.  Several honors students have won competitive fellowships that advanced their research skills, both here in the United States and abroad.  Overall, students will have demonstrated their ability to identify a problem, design a research project that investigates it, pose a potential solution, and present their findings to the public by the end of their undergraduate career.


 Additional opportunities to develop your research skills:


Getting Started


Disseminating Your Research