Undergraduate researchers with State Sen. Jeremy Miller and Dr. Jeanne Minnerath.

Student research continues to be a hallmark of Saint Mary’s vision for excellence in the sciences. Our students’ work was on display at the Minnesota Private College Scholars Showcase at the state capitol, demonstrating the wide range of student learning that happens in Minnesota’s liberal arts colleges. Students from 16 institutions presented their research and lessons learned to legislators and visitors in the Capitol Rotunda. A strong commitment to undergraduate research is one of the reasons why more than half of Minnesota college students who attain a doctoral degree have earned their bachelor’s degree at one of the member institutions of the Minnesota Private College Council.

Representing Saint Mary’s were Acacia Wimmer, Sarah Laska, Jeremy Heinle, Raelynn Speltz, and Jordyn Messling, who completed their research with faculty advisers Dr. Debra Martin and Dr. Jeanne Minnerath. The students were accompanied by Dr. Minnerath and Dr. Mark Barber, associate vice president of academic affairs and academic dean.