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.

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Scholar Profiles allows for the construction of individual profile pages that can then highlight publications, creative works, and so much more about you! See Scholar Profiles on Cornerstone.

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Undergraduate Research

2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium -Virtual! 

Undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activities from a wide array of disciplines and majors are featured. Presentation materials from the URS-Live!, as well as several online-only presentations, available for asynchronous viewing.

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 various times between April 11-22.

This collection showcases poster presentations by undergraduate students from Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 from their Family and Societal Nursing Inquiry course in the School of Nursing at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Graduate Research

Nietzsche's Birth of Tragedy: The Philosophy of Art
A 30-minute presentation by Jack Truman about how Fredrich Nietzche's classic book The Birth of Tragedy symbolized the philosophy of art.

Master of Social Work Program Policy Advocacy Briefs 2022

MSW students in their Specialist year (2nd year) research, write and disseminate policy advocacy briefs on issues of importance to social workers, their clients, and communities in SOWK 655: Social Work Policy Practice. For information about the course or any of the advocacy briefs contact Nancy Fitzsimons, PhD, MSW, LISW at

Faculty Research

2022 Minnesota State University, Mankato Authors Event
This event will honor faculty and staff authors who have written and/or edited books with publication dates between March 2020 and March 2022.

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
This event features guest speaker Kathy Lund Dean and this year's faculty research award recipients.

Creative Activities

The Big Ideas Challenge
This exciting event showcases the big ideas of our students. The Big Ideas Challenge is a venture competition that encourages and celebrates innovative business ideas. The competition is open to Minnesota State Mankato students and alumni within two years of graduation. The event takes place April 12 and is open to the public.

Conference Presentations

The first ever TEDxMNSU event took place March 18, 2022 in the CSU ballroom. At a TEDx event, TED Talk videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. TEDxMNSU unites the network of Minnesota State University, Mankato through the power of ideas. The mission is to bring together a dynamic group of thinkers and doers in an educational setting to build new connections that will lead to collaboration, progress, and bold new ideas in the spirit of ideas worth spreading.

2023 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.

Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology (MCPP)
The Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology (MCPP) is an annual conference hosted by the Department of Psychology. The conference has become known over the years as simply “The Owatonna Conference.” The goal of the conference is to promote the dissemination of empirically-oriented 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.


Distinguished Faculty Scholarship Recipients

Dr. Teri Wallace, Interim Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Extended Campus, Dr. Daniel Houlihan, Director of the Center for Excellence in Scholarship and Research, and the members of the Faculty Research Committee are pleased to announce the 2022 Distinguished Faculty Scholar award recipients:  Dr. Nancy Fitzsimons (Department of Social Work), Dr. David Sharlin (Department of Biological Sciences), and Dr. Kuldeep Agarwal (Department of Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology). Awardees will be formally recognized at this year’s Celebration of Excellence event on April 26th as part of Minnesota State University’s Research Month. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

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