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Internships and Research

Professor instructs students with a riverbed model.

St. Kate's biology majors are active participants in research studies and internships. The skills you gain — such as creative thinking, quantitative reasoning, interpretation of data and understanding of scientific literature — will give you an edge when looking for jobs or internships.

Internships

Our students have landed internships close to home and around the world:

  • Biology and French major Ramatoulie Jallow was an intern at a public health research and development center in her home country of Gambia.
  • Alumna Debora Brown, who designed her own biology/pre-vet degree, interned at SeaWorld in Florida and provided free medical care to animals in Haiti.
  • Alumna Lucy Hewitt was an intern at an acupuncture/Chinese medicine clinic in the Twin Cities.
  • Alumna Anika Bratt landed a position as an ecological research field technician in Trinidad.
“Now I can read a scientific paper about stream ecology and know exactly what researchers are doing and why.”

—alumna Anika Bratt

Extracurricular
Many students are also involved in St. Kate's Biology Club and the University's Senate Environmental Issues Task Force, which built the first green roof on our campus and encouraged St. Kate's President Andrea Lee to sign the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

Research opportunities

Our students have been invited to present posters and research papers nationally — on topics such as reed canary grass, nitrogen fixation and human activity on agricultural stream — at events such as the:

  • Ecological Society of America's Annual Meeting
  • Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference
  • National Conference of Undergraduate Research

Courtney Boeff won the 2008 Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Bioethics prize from Penn Bioethics Journal for her senior honors paper on the ethical considerations of memory-enhancing drugs.

St. Kate's has the Antonian Scholar Honors Program and more than 24 honors societies, including Beta Beta Beta for biology majors. Learn more about the honors programs »

Angelo Coast Range Reserve
Biology majors, including Lyna Menezes, Carrie Booth, Maria Moenkedick and Shawna Handshug, have gone to the Angelo Coast Range Reserve in California to conduct independent projects, learn field and lab methods, and interact with researchers from various institutions. Read "Testing the Waters," in our University magazine, SCAN.

Science @ St. Kate's Day
Each year, graduating students share findings from their senior research with the University community. Past topics include "Self-Selected Walking Speeds" and "Mating Practices in Hermaphroditic Snails."

Faculty-Student collaborations

St. Kate's faculty are active researchers and frequently collaborate with students on research projects and articles for peer-reviewed journals or presentations.

  • Professor Marcie Myers partnered with Anna Myhre, Melvina Kpanquio, Laura Stearns, Kelsey Boeff on "Where to Carry Kids? A Comparison of Women and Men During Walking."
  • Professor John Pellegrini and alumna Swathi Seshadri worked on "Handedness, Brain Lateralization and Emotion."
  • Professor Lynne Gildensoph and alumna Maria Kuhn studied the "Health of the Dew Drop Pond."

Mayo Innovation Scholars program
This program brings together students from a variety of undergraduate disciplines to research Mayo Clinic invention ideas and create business plans for a medical product. Learn more in SCAN, June 2011.

Collaborative Undergraduate Research Program
Student-Faculty Collaborative Undergraduate Research Program provides funding for research partnerships during the academic year and in the summer at St. Kate's Summer Scholars' Institute.

Assistant Mentoring Program
The Assistant Mentoring Program (AMP) is an innovative work-and-learning experience that pairs students in their junior or senior year with faculty or staff mentors on a specific project. Students are paid for up to 13 hours each week. Learn more in SCAN June, 2010.