Student-Faculty Research

Throughout the academic year and summer at St. Thomas, hundreds of undergraduate students go beyond the classroom to participate in research with a faculty mentor. And it’s not just students in the STEM sciences; students in English, History, Political Science, Social Work, Psychology, and more all get involved. The majority of these students receive funding to carry out their research as paid research assistants or undergraduate research grant recipients. If you’re interested in finding out how to make research part of your academic career at St. Thomas, you can learn more from our Grants and Research Office here.

 

Patty Petersen   author
Students who lack sleep are more likely to abuse drugs, experience depression and seriously consider suicide. St. Thomas' Center for College Sleep addresses these issues.
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Jordan Osterman '11   author
Junior Abby Sunberg and mathematics staff Molly Peterson's collaboration around calculus helped bring an underdeveloped aspect of mathematics forward: the visual.
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Kelly Engebretson '99 M.A.   author
There used to be a time long ago when all an undergraduate needed to land a job was a college degree. Get the lowdown on how you can build your resume now for a head start on your post-graduation job search.
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Jordan Osterman '11   author
Excel! Research Scholars program helps launch first-generation students like Dustyn Montgomery from their bachelor's degrees onto advanced degrees.
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Brittany Stojsavljevic   author
Jack Queenan started doing chemistry research on diabetes with Lisa Prevette while still in high school. This fall, he will start his first official year as a Tommie.
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Jordan Osterman '11   author
Senior John Fetzner is spending his summer helping engineering assistant professor Cheol-Hong Min with research to help children with autism.
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Brittany Stojsavljevic   author
Jeni McDermott, assistant professor in the Department of Geology, took two students to Norway this summer to research why the country has mountainous terrain.
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Jordan Osterman '11   author
Sophomore Emily Walsh is helping take on the Sahara Desert. With syrup.
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Brittany Stojsavljevic   author
Since 2008, professor Tom Ippoliti has led research on compounds used against bacterial diseases, which are becoming resistant to the drugs currently used to treat them.
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Brittany Stojsavljevic   author
Katherine Hill has begun to weave voting registration and engagement as a potential tool for social workers into her classes because she believes it is one way to empower social work clients to have a voice.
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