​Alumni Success Stories

Our alumni lead in their fields and agree that the education they received as a student of our programs, whether it was for an undergraduate or graduate degree, paved the way for their futures.

Alumni consistently find rewarding careers and tops spots in graduate or professional schools. Many of those students have offered to share their stories to provide a glimpse of their perspective on the value of their time at Minnesota State Mankato.

Click on the links below to read how the Biological Sciences department at Minnesota State University Mankato helped prepare these alumni for graduate school, their professions, and life.


Matthew Krna received a M.S. degree from our department in December 2008 studying vascular plants in Antarctica and is currently studying carbon and nutrient cycling in tussock grasslands for his PhD research in Ecology at Massey University in New Zealand.

Dr. Thomas Tan is an executive at the EMD Serono Research and Development Institute in Billerica, MA. Dr. Tan received a B.S. degree from our department in Biotechnology prior to earning a PhD from the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Jill Gassman was a double-major, earning a Biology B.S. and Biochemistry B.A. degrees during her time at Minnesota State Mankato. Jill earned a Master's degree from the University of Iowa in Preventative Medicine and Environmental Health and is currently an Environmental Health and Safety Professional at SunEdison.

This page is under construction. Thanks for your patience. More stories will be posted soon. Until then, we've added some biology jokes to help fill the space.

Q: What is the difference between a dog and a marine biologist?
A: One wags a tail and the other tags a whale.

Q: What did the femur say to the patella?
A: I kneed you.

Q: What did the male stamen say to the female pistil?
A: I like your "style"

Q: How did the herpetologist know she would be married soon?
A: She caught a garter snake.

Q: Why couldn't the plants escape prison?
A: Their cells were surrounded by walls.

A mushroom walks into a bar and asks the bartender for a drink
The bartender replies, "we don't serve your type here."
In response, the mushroom says. "why not, I'm a fun guy?