Student Research


Minnesota State University Mankato is a recognized leader in providing authentic real-world research experiences to undergraduate students. Faculty work closely with students to provide a mentored research experience that complements classroom education by teaching advanced laboratory skills and critical thinking. Students can earn up to 4 upper level credits (Biol499, Individual Study) that count towards unrestricted electives required for graduation.

Finding Research Opportunities

Are you interested in becoming involved in research, but unsure how to get started? Begin by visiting faculty web pages to learn about the types of research available. Approach faculty whose research aligns with your interests. Your odds of finding a position in a lab are improved by contacting a faculty member several semesters before you graduate to provide sufficient time to fully engage in a project. If you are an in-coming first-year student interested in research, check-out the RISEbio program.

Research Support and Presentation

The Undergraduate Research Center (URC) offers grant opportunities to support student research activities. The URC offers Research Grants, Travel Grants, and a paid Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP) for students new to research and those who are under-served by undergraduate research efforts.

The URC also supports a number of opportunities to disseminate research results including the annual Minnesota State University, Mankato Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS), Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars Posters at Saint Paul, and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).

Check-out below for student research highlights