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Four CSB and SJU students present research at Scholars Showcase

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March 18, 2016

Photos: Stephen Geffre

Left to right: Adam Whitten, visiting assistant professor of physics and Benjamin Nault-Maurer '16.

Emma Johnson '16 (right) discusses her research with visitors at the poster session March 10.

Four students from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University had their undergraduate research displayed at the Minnesota Private College Scholars Showcase March 10 at the Minnesota Senate Building, St. Paul.

The event celebrates the research and creative scholarship from students at Minnesota private colleges. A total of 43 students from 17 state private schools had their research recognized during the event.

Those presenting research from CSB and SJU were:

  • Emma Christensen, a CSB junior mathematics major from Blaine, Minnesota, presented "Pattern Avoidance in Set Partitions." Her adviser is Jennifer Galovich, associate professor of mathematics at CSB and SJU.
  • Jake Collins, an SJU senior political science major from North Mankato, Minnesota, presented "Similar Conflicts, Different Policies: An Analysis of the Executive Decision-Making Processes in Mexico and El Salvador." His adviser is Gary Prevost, professor of political science at CSB and SJU.
  • Emma Johnson, a CSB senior chemistry major from Mora, Minnesota, presented "The Chemistry of Learning: How Emotions, Text Difficulty and Reading Goals Influence Comprehension." Her adviser is Catherine Bohn-Gettler, associate professor of education at CSB and SJU. 
  • Benjamin Nault-Maurer, an SJU senior physics major from Cambridge, Minnesota, presented "Size Distribution Calculation of Atmospheric Aerosols." His adviser is Adam Whitten, visiting assistant professor of physics at CSB and SJU.

Each college selects and sends its own students and posters. The Minnesota Private College Council is a primary sponsor of the event.