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Undergraduate Mentor Spotlight

Faculty member Karla Lassonde honored.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office Campus News, 10-22-2013

Mankato, Minn. -- The Undergraduate Research Center recognized Karla Lassonde (pictured), associate professor from the Department of Psychology, as the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year (2013).

Maria K. Almoite, an undergraduate member of Lassonde’s research team, nominated Lassonde for the award. There were seven undergraduate students on Lassonde’s Spring 2013 research team.

Lassonde’s commitment to undergraduate scholarly activity is evident by her accomplishments. Since 2010, her research team has been awarded six Undergraduate Research Center grants, 10 students have presented at the Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars Conference, 19 students at Minnesota State Mankato's Undergraduate Research Symposium, and four students at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Lassonde views integrating research in the classroom as the next frontier since it can be difficult to help all students advance their research skills. This spring, Lassonde will be included in a pilot program to increase research opportunities in undergraduate courses, the URC Graduate Research Consultant Program. In her opinion, this is an effective way to support the next generation of students.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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