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Students to Present Research at April Conferences

More than 300 students to present at regional, national and campus undergraduate research conferences.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-31-2016

Mankato, Minn. – More than 300 undergraduate students from Minnesota State University, Mankato will be presenting their research and creative activity during undergraduate research events at three levels – regional (April 4), national (April 7-9) and campus (April 18) – during April.

Two Minnesota State Mankato students, Kaylin Peterson and Katherine Rasley, will present at all three events. Peterson’s presentation is titled “Regulation of Breast Cancer Bone Metastasis by Tumor Secreted BMPs.” Her faculty mentor is Cynthia Forsman from the Department of Biological Sciences. Rasley’s presentation is titled “Hybrid Renewable Power Systems: Analysis of Feasibility and Design.” Rasley is a student in the Iron Range Engineering Program, and her faculty mentors are Mohammad Fanaei and Ron Ulseth from the Department of Integrated Engineering.

For more information, please contact faculty member Karla Lassonde, director of the Undergraduate Research Center, or graduate assistant Felicia VandeNest, at or 507-389-5191.

Monday, April 4
5th Annual Minnesota Undergraduate Conference of Scholarly and Creative Activity

This regional conference provides undergraduate students from any MnSCU institution the opportunity to present their research, creative and scholarly projects through poster presentations, oral papers, visual art, displays and performance art.

Thursday-Saturday, April 7-9
30th Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

According to its website, the NCUR, established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study.

  • WHO: A total of 29 Minnesota State Mankato students will participate.
  • WHERE: University of North Carolina Asheville in Asheville, N.C.

Monday, April 18
18th Annual Minnesota State Mankato Undergraduate Research Symposium

  • WHO: A total of 263 Minnesota State Mankato undergraduate students will make 153 presentations (57 oral, 96 posters) that include 144 research projects and nine creative projects.
  • WHERE: Centennial Student Union Ballroom, Minnesota State Mankato
  • TIME: From 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; For a complete schedule of poster and oral presentations, call 507-389-5191 or send an email to
  • COST: Free and open to the general public

Minnesota State Mankato’s annual Undergraduate Research Symposium acquaints undergraduates with the process and rigors of presenting research in a scholarly manner in an academic setting.

Minnesota State Mankato established its Undergraduate Research Center in 2009 and in April 2012 was host for the first Minnesota Conference of Undergraduate Scholarly and Creative Activity, with participation from six Minnesota state universities. In January 2015, the Council on Undergraduate Research, an organization that promotes high-quality faculty-undergraduate collaborative research and scholarly work, recognized Minnesota State Mankato as a national leader in undergraduate research.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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