Research Spotlight: January 2022

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Research Month: April 2022

We are pleased to announce that the second annual Research Month at Minnesota State University, Mankato will take place April 1-30, 2022. The purpose of Research Month at Minnesota State University, Mankato is to highlight, celebrate and share the research, scholarly and creative work of our faculty, staff, and students internally and externally. We invite the campus community to participate in this opportunity by showcasing your scholarly or creative work. In our inaugural year, our Research Month website attracted 2,258 visitors exploring the research taking place in our campus community.

Please utilize the Research Month survey to submit events you would like promoted and publicized throughout the month of April. Please submit as soon as you are able or by March 1st.  If you have any questions, please contact Julie Joerg at


Looking for a way to showcase and highlight faculty, staff, or student scholarly or creative works? Consider sending submissions to Cornerstone!

Cornerstone can be used to build an online collection of full-text publications and/or citations to works such as articles, presentations, books, posters, papers, and more. Cornerstone gathers and preserves a record of scholarly and creative achievement by a department, program, or college in a centralized location that can be easily shared with a global audience.

If you would like to learn more, please contact Heidi Southworth, Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Scholarly Works

Scholar Profiles allows for the construction of individual profile pages, which are used to highlight publications, creative works, research, your education, the courses you teach, the grants you have received, and so much more. These individual scholar profiles will be grouped together in order to build an Experts Gallery that highlights the breadth and depth of scholarly activities, research and creative achievements on our campus.

Watch this two minute video for a brief overview of what Scholar Profiles is and how it works, or see the attached flyer to read more about it. It is easy to get a profile set up. All you need to do is contact Heidi Southworth, Digital Initiatives Librarian, and she will work with you to create one!

Grant Writing Workshop & Pop-up Series

A collaborative Virtual series offered by: Minnesota State Mankato, St. Cloud State University, Winona State University, & Bemidji State University.

Following the grant lifecycle, this series provides faculty and staff with tools and strategies to lead and manage grants at each stage. Each topic offers on-demand workshop presentation and pop-up topics, for anyone new or for those wanting a refresher, with new pop-up topics offered virtually throughout the 2021-2022 academic year.

Check out the new website to watch on-demand workshops or register for pop-up sessions coming this spring!

Affinity Groups 

Now on YouTube: learn why you'll want to join in this new short video.

Affinity Groups have significant impact both in what they accomplish as a team, as well as in the professional growth and success of individual team members.

Interested in becoming involved? Contact Anne Ludvik today!

TEDx is coming to MSU, Mankato

TEDxMNSU unites the network of Minnesota State University, Mankato through the power of ideas. TEDxMNSU will showcase Minnesota State students, alumni, and faculty. The event will be held March 18th, 2022, at Minnesota State University, Mankato. This year’s theme aligns with the MNSU motto: "Big Ideas. Real World Thinking."

We invite you to attend the 1st annual TEDxMNSU conference. Look for tickets to go on sale January 17th, 2022!

Doctoral Accountability Team

Join CESR's weekly virtual group for doctoral students that provides accountability for research projects, dissertation writing, and more!  Check out the DoDAT flier to learn how it works and register for spring sessions.

IRB: Here to Help

What is the role of the Institutional Review Board?  In accordance with federal regulations and per the IRB Manual, "it is the policy of the University that no research activity involving human participants shall be undertaken unless the IRB has reviewed and approved."  This means that IRB review is necessary prior to recruitment and data collection for all research, regardless of design, that involves human subjects.  We also take seriously the promotion of human subjects research. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions big and small.  We invite you to contact us directly with your questions at