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July 25: Master of Social Work Student Research Showcase

Graduates to display projects through poster presentations.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 7-25-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Thirty graduates of the Master of Social Work Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato will showcase their capstone projects through poster presentations from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 25 in Centennial Student Union’s north ballroom at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The fifth annual “Real World Challenges, Social Work Solutions: MSW Student Research Showcase” is free and open to the public. Two continuing education units (CEUs) are available for licensed social workers.

The poster presentations highlight each student's capstone project, which is an applied conceptual or empirical project completed as part of their 500-hour field practicum. In addition, two students, Laura Aldrich and Michelle Holt, will give oral presentations that highlight student -faculty collaboration on research projects.

Aldrich’s oral presentation will be on “Research on the Well-being of Children and Youth in Mankato/North Mankato: A faculty, MSW student, BSSW student collaboration,” which she co-authored with faculty member Nancy Fitzsimons. The research in this project aimed to provide updated information on the well-being of all children and youth in Mankato/North Mankato as a follow-up to results of a 2008 study.

Holt’s oral presentation will be on “School Professor of Social Work, Social Workers’ Impact on School Completers: Preliminary Findings from Three States.” Holt co-authored the research with Mimi Mumm (Rhode Island College), Kevin Tan (University of Chicago doctoral student) and Michelle Alvarez (Minnesota State Mankato professor of social work). Holt will share her experiences working with her team on the study, which presents preliminary findings on how the presence of school social workers relate to school completers using 2010 data from Florida, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

The July 25 student research showcase precedes a 4 p.m. recognition ceremony for the graduating students on Friday, July 26 in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

For more information, contact David Beimers, director of Minnesota State Mankato’s MSW Program and assistant professor, by phone at 507-389-6190 or by email at

The Department of Social Work is part of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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