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Symposium for Strong Summer Scholars

Posted on October 06, 2017

Friday, Oct. 6 | 2-3 p.m. | Hagen 104

Strong Summer Research Scholars will be recognized at a symposium on Friday, Oct. 6 from 2-3 p.m., in Hagen 104. Student Researchers and faculty mentors will be honored. Posters highlighting their summer research projects will be on display. Learn about their research projects, and more about the Strong Scholars Research awards.  Refreshments will be served.

The Strong Scholars Research Fund supports faculty-mentored student research projects in Biosciences, Chemistry, and Physics. Funding is supported by the Judith Strong Endowment.


Are you or your students conducting research with human subjects?

Posted on September 27, 2017

Undergraduate and graduate students engage in many research and classroom projects that involve human subjects. Student research is conducted under the guidance of Faculty Advisors, who are responsible for the professional and ethical conduct of students completing research projects and the protection of human subjects involved in research activities. Faculty Advisors should provide mentoring and supervision to students as they develop, conduct, and complete their research projects.

When University employees and/or students are involved in research conducted with human subjects, the research activity must be reviewed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Read the rest of this entry →

Skalsky awarded all expenses paid trip to Field of Dreams Conference

Posted on September 25, 2017

Mathematics major Ashley Skalsky was awarded an all expenses paid trip to the Field of Dreams Conference that is hosted by the National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences. The conference is an opportunity for students to explore different research opportunities including graduate school and REU’s. There are also panels and talks in a variety of mathematical fields.

MSUM Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series

Posted on September 22, 2017

Friday, Sept. 22 | 3-4 p.m. | HA 325

MSUM Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series Presents: “Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences: Why You Should Apply.”

The Physics and Astronomy Department regularly encourages students to develop research skills and make use of these in a variety of professional settings. This past summer, a number of undergraduates were accepted into summer research positions. These students will share their experience with us:  Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Hest presents at Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Conference

Posted on September 18, 2017

Dr. Theresa Hest, Communication Studies Professor from the School of Communication and Journalism, presented at the 2017 Conference of the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota. The Conference was held in St. Cloud on September 15-16. Dr. Hest presented research on “What we carry with us: Memorable family messages that become part of our compass as we navigate transition, challenge, and change throughout life.”

CUR e-news available

Posted on September 15, 2017

The next issue of the CUR e-news is available:  Read the rest of this entry →

Research paper by Wisenden, undergraduate students accepted for publication in CHEMOECOLOGY

Posted on September 07, 2017

Brian Wisenden, Biosciences Department, and seven undergraduate collaborators, had a research paper accepted for publication this week in the international peer-reviewed journal CHEMOECOLOGY. Co-authors were MSUM undergraduates Mikaela Hanson and Whitney Shegrud, University of Minnesota Undergraduates Alexai Falkner, Ingrid Holstrom, Samantha Molitor, and Samual Willard, and University of Utah undergraduate Joshua Gillen.  Read the rest of this entry →

CUR e-newsletter available

Posted on September 01, 2017

The latest issue of the CUR E-News is available:

  • Deadline Today for REU Site PIs to Nominate Students for CUR’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium
  • September 1 Deadline for Applications, CUR Biology Division Travel Grants for Students
  • Submit Undergraduate Research Highlights by September 1 for Winter 2017 Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research  Read the rest of this entry →

Enebechi participates in a SURF research experience

Posted on August 28, 2017

Chidubem “Nuela” Enebechi participated in a SURF summer research program at Purdue University. Nuela is currently at senior majoring in computer science. While at Purdue, she worked with Dr. Pablo Zavattieri on a project of Modelling of Phase Transforming Cellular Materials (PXCM). Their research examines materials that can go through a high impact deformation and then return back to their original form. Nuela has gained valuable knowledge and experience during her three months working with NanaoHub researchers, other SURF student researchers, graduate students, and Purdue faculty.  Read the rest of this entry →

Drs. Stone, Erickson have case published in Issues in Accounting Education

Posted on August 23, 2017

Dr. Mary Stone and Dr. Sheri Erickson, Paseka School of Business, have a case published in Issues in Accounting Education, Vol. 32(3), a publication of the American Accounting Association with a 12% acceptance rate. The case, “Hometown Community Church: Opportunities and Challenges of Continued Growth” includes teaching notes to help users highlight how managerial accounting information can help not-for-profit organizations make decisions.

New CUR e-news issue available

Posted on August 18, 2017

The latest issue of the CUR e-news is available. Check out these stories:  Read the rest of this entry →

Undergraduate Research seeking departmental information

Posted on August 17, 2017

The MSUM Undergraduate Research website wants your departmental information. Help connect students with faculty-mentored research opportunities in your department. Share news about student research achievements, conferences, or funding opportunities. Promote departmental colloquia and presentations.

Individuals can also sign up to receive email updates on faculty-student research here at MSUM and receive the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) newsletter.

Visit the MSUM Undergraduate Research webpage for more information: or email

2017 Fall Semester Hours for the MSUM Archives

Posted on August 14, 2017

The MSUM Archives is now open Monday and Wednesday from 12:30–4:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Archives is closed on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and any time the Livingston Lord Library is closed.

Due to limited staffing, please make appointments for research in advance by emailing or calling 218-477-2346. Reference questions will be answered in the order received. Lastly, do not forget to check out RED, the repository of digital collections from MSUM.

MSUM student research project explores possible role for henna in cancer treatment

Posted on July 24, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A collaborative research project between Minnesota State University Moorhead sophomore Mark Lueders and Samford University professor emeritus Mike Howell adds to compelling evidence that a chemical produced by the henna plant might be useful in treating cancer and offers insight into appropriate dosage.

Lueders is one of twelve students from undergraduate institutions across the U.S. at Samford this summer taking part in a prestigious Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and hosted by the university’s Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. The students are investigating questions in local ecology, microbiology, genetics, enzymology, cell culture, organic molecule synthesis and thin film macromolecules. Each student is developing specialized and marketable skills while learning to communicate about science research. 

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Council on Undergraduate Research e-newsletter

Posted on June 26, 2017

In this issue of the CUR e-newsletter:

  • CUR President Susan Larson Advocates for Undergraduate Research in Fargo’s The Forum
  • NAS Recommends NSF Develop Plan for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Science Research
  • URPD Sponsor Invites Conference Attendees to View Tech Platform for Undergraduate Researchers
  • Summer Undergrad Researchers: Apply for Travel Grants to the October National Diversity in STEM Conference
  • Travel Grant Applications Due August 25 for Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
  • Nominations Open for Geoscience Information Society’s Best Guidebooks Awards
  • CUR Event: Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities Institute (Nov 2017; application deadline: Sept 25, 2017)
  • CUR Event: Initiating and Sustaining Undergraduate Research Programs (Jan 2018; application deadline: Nov 15, 2017)
  • CUR Events and Deadlines

Sign up for the MSUM Undergraduate Research email list serve for this and more!

Council on Undergraduate Research president’s op-ed published in Forum

Posted on June 26, 2017

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) President—and Concordia College Professor—Susan Larson advocates for undergraduate research in the Fargo Forum.

In “Undergraduate Research Opportunities Foster Creative and Innovative Thinkers,” an op-ed in the June 14 issue of Fargo’s newspaper The Forum, CUR president Susan Larson (Concordia College, MN) called attention to the contributions of undergraduate research to the nation and the skills that it builds in students.

Read the latest edition of the Red River Psychology Journal online

Posted on May 01, 2017

The latest edition of the Red River Psychology Journal (RRPJ) is now online.

The RRPJ accepts manuscripts from MSUM undergraduate psychology students (and the School Psychology Graduate Program). An editorial board consisting of student editors working with faculty advisors reviews all manuscripts in a peer-review process. Regular departmental news, including student and faculty accomplishments, is included in each issue.

The 2016-17 editorial team included student editor Zane Voglewede and faculty editors Dr. Lisa Nawrot and Dr. Rochelle Bergstrom.

Get the latest Council on Undergraduate Research e-newsletter

Posted on April 28, 2017

Get the latest Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) e-newsletter by subscribing to the MSUM Undergraduate Research email list serve!  Read the rest of this entry →

Dille Fund for Excellence Grants

Posted on December 09, 2016

Please join us in congratulating this year’s Dille Fund for Excellence Grant recipients:  Read the rest of this entry →

Scott Buchholz recognized for outstanding poster at national meeting

Posted on April 22, 2015

At the 2105 national meeting of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Cancer Theme was entitled “Cancer: The War at 44 and Warburg at 90.” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major Scott Buchholz was honored as having one of four posters recognized as Outstanding Posters in cancer research. Scott’s project was entitled, “The Impact of Calcineurin B Homologous Protein Isoform 2 Expression on Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Cell Function under Hypoxic Conditions.” Scott’s research partner at MSUM is Biochemistry and Biotechnology major, Shelby Sieverding. The research was conducted in Dr. Mark Wallert’s laboratory.

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