Thursday, February 11, 2010

SMU sends student researchers to Scholars at the Capitol Feb. 25

WINONA, Minn. — Three students from Saint Mary’s University, along with their faculty advisors, will head to the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, Feb. 25, to present the results of their independent research and creative scholarship at the annual Minnesota Private College Scholars at the Capitol event.

The Minnesota Private College Council hosts this event in an attempt to publicize and celebrate the achievements of just a few of the many thousands of students who attend private schools of higher learning in Minnesota, and to share research that may have long-term implications for Minnesotans.

This event — to be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — will showcase current research projects completed by 34 undergraduate scholars from Minnesota private colleges and universities. Saint Mary’s students attending this year’s event include:

• Ryan Soukoup, Sleepy Eye, Minn., presenting on “Cultural Change and the Dakota Uprising.” One of his faculty advisors is Dr. Elizabeth Throop.

• Keith Fahrforth, Warrenville, Ill., and Michelle Hermes, Roseville, Minn., presenting on “The Effects of Atrazine on Pack Cell Volume, Gender and Development of Gallus Gallus.” Their faculty advisor is Dr. Debra Martin.

The Minnesota Private College Council represents 17 well-respected liberal arts colleges and universities with 60,000 students. These institutions award 30 percent of the baccalaureate degrees in the state.