Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities

A variety of research presentations and resources are available here—any time, on demand. Get inspired by the great research taking place at Minnesota State Mankato.

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Cornerstone collects, preserves, and provides digital access to the scholarly and creative works of Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty, staff, students, and associated partners. Learn how to submit your work to cornerstone.

Undergraduate Research

2024 Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held in the Centennial Student Union with in-person poster and oral presentations, as well as creative expositions on Thursday, April 18, 2024. Undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activities from a wide array of disciplines and majors are featured.

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Honors Student Portfolio Defenses

Graduating Honors students present their final portfolios outlining their experiences in leadership, research, scholarly and creative activity, and intercultural engagement. Defenses happen at various times from April 9-25. 

Graduate Research

Spring 2024 Graduate Student Master Thesis Defense

Please check the website for more information on the upcoming thesis defenses. 

Faculty Research

50th annual Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lecture

The 50th annual Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lecture at Minnesota State University, Mankato will take place on Monday, April 1, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, CSU. The event will feature a presentation by faculty member Mriganka De that explores the connection between soil health and plant health in the U.S. Corn Belt through perennial cover crops (PCC) and poultry (P) integration.

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Communicating Psychological Science

Created by Dr. Emily Stark and Dr. Karla Lassonde, the Communicating Psychological Science website is designed to promote the understanding of psychology as a science and to develop science communication abilities in undergraduate students. The site showcases student research for the general public. Read more about the goals of our work.

College of Business Faculty Research Day

Minnesota State University, Mankato's College of Business faculty research award recipients will disucuss their research during the annual College of Business Faculty Research Day on Friday, April 5 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Johnson Alumni room, CSU.

2024 MSU Authors Reception

Library Services invites faculty and staff to attend the 2024 Minnesota State University Authors Reception. This event will honor faculty and staff authors who have written and/or edited books with publication dates between March 2022 and March 2024. 

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Conference Presentations

2024 Health and Biomedical Sciences Summit

Using the latest information, broad perspectives, and real-world thinking, this event is an opportunity for allied health professionals and the community to learn from each other to improve the quality of life and well-being for all through research and evidence-based practices.

FAMILY BREAKDOWN: Origin of Social & Medical Upheavals

David Bissonnette presents "FAMILY BREAKDOWN: Origin of Social & Medical Upheavals" at the College of Allied Health & Nursing Health Summit Spring of 2021. 

The Southern Minnesota Conference on Psychology (SMCP)

The Southern Minnesota Conference on Psychology is an annual conference hosted by the Department of Psychology at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The goal of the conference is to promote psychology and highlight student research from a variety of disciplines within the field of psychology. The conference is intended to involve a wide audience of students, faculty, and community professionals.

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Graduate Scholars of English Association

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Graduate Scholars of English Association (GSEA) is a Registered Student Organization (RSO) that aims to unify graduate English students across all programs. As an organization for and by graduate students, GSEA’s primary goals are to represent the diverse array of online and in-person English graduate students and to cultivate an inclusive and engaged graduate student culture within the department. GSEA strives to foster, provide, and expand scholarly and professional development for graduate students while enrolled at Minnesota State Mankato. 

Speakers/TAlks/Special events 

Ethics and Animals: A Discussion with Peter Singer

Peter Singer, often hailed as the "world's most influential living philosopher," gained prominence for his groundbreaking work on animal ethics, sparking the modern animal rights movement with his influential book "Animal Liberation" published in 1975. In this talk, Singer will summarize the key ideas, including the ethics on which the book is based, and ask what progress we have made, if any, since then. There will be ample time for questions and discussion.

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Your Brain on Food: The Relationship Between Nutrition and Mental Health 

Join the Center for Rural Behavioral Health and Dr. Shelly Brandenburger to gain insight into the current depth and breadth of literature base regarding depression and nutrition. Mechanist considerations, research cofounders, trials, and clinical considerations will be reviewed.

Maverick Adventures - Earth Month

Maverick Adventures promotes various events occuring throughout the month of April in an effort to promote sustainability, equity, education, and wellness in the outdoors. Please visit the Campus Recreation website for more information. 

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Striving for Change: Biodiversity, Regeneration & Rethinking Agriculture

Join a conversation with MSU Alum and sixth generation Southern Minnesota farmer, Scott Haase. He is co-manager of Haase Family Farms, and owns and operates Blue Dirt Farm where his focus is on direct sales of meat products from animals raised on pasture and woodlands, integrated with regenerative agricultural practices.

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Learn more about the impact of research within the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Minnesota State University, Mankato by reading the fifth issue of Elements.


2024 Distinguished Faculty Scholarship Recipients

On behalf of the Faculty Research Committee, Dr. Daniel Houlihan, Director of the Center for Excellence in Scholarship and Research, is pleased to announce the 2024 Distinguished Faculty Scholars. This year’s recipients are Dr. Afroza Anwary, Department of Sociology and Leadership Studies, Professor Jessica (Jess) Schomberg, Department of Library Services, and Dr. Laura Harrison, Department of History and Gender Studies.

Distinguished Faculty Scholars are tenured professors whose body of scholarship and current level of scholarly activity warrant distinction within the university community. The Center for Excellence in Scholarship and Research and the Faculty Research Committee selects up to three Distinguished Faculty Scholars annually. Once named a Distinguished Faculty Scholar, recipients maintain the distinction for the remainder of their tenure at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Distinguished Faculty Scholars are recognized on the University website and at the annual Celebration of Excellence Dinner. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!