Research

Katya McDonald ’22 Researches Late Onset Neonatal Sepsis at the Mayo Clinic

Katya McDonald '22 (left) with Dr. Kathryn Knoop at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN This summer, Katya McDonald ’22 traveled to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota to join Dr. Kathryn Knoop’s lab in the immunology department. On Dr. Knoop’s research team, McDonald tested breast milk samples for bioactive compounds that could advance treatment […]

Morgan Mellum ’23 Builds 3D Insect Model for Fulbright Canada Fellowship

This Summer, Morgan Mellum ’23 created a detailed three dimensional online model of an insect that was preserved in amber. Mellum is working virtually alongside professors from a Canadian University. This research connection was discovered through Gustavus promotion of Fulbright opportunities.   Mellum is a triple major in Geology, Environmental Studies, and French. Each of […]

Chemistry Professor Stoll Awarded Janet Andersen Lecture Award in Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Computer Sciences

Dwight Stoll Gustavus Adolphus College chemistry professor Dwight Stoll was named the 2021 recipient of the Janet Andersen Lecture Award in Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Computer Sciences by the Midstates Consortium for Math and Sciences. The award recognizes Dr. Stoll for his commitment to teaching and mentoring students in the classroom and in his analytical […]

Summer Preview, Part 2: Gusties Earn Creative Research Experiences

This summer, over 50 Gusties will be undertaking summer research projects. Their collaborations with faculty span the sciences, arts, and humanities. Here’s a snapshot of 4 students who will be conducting research on-campus.   Tyler DelMain ‘22, Music Education   Through his music research, Tyler DelMain ‘22 will identify what is leading the disparity in […]

Students use Avatars to Navigate Digital Research Presentation

Mackinzee Miest ‘22, Sophie Pletcher ‘21, and Isabel Banks ‘21 presented their psychological science research at Gather Space Digital Symposium as a part of the Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference hosted by the University of St. Thomas.    During the virtual conference, these researchers presented their project to attendees who could stop in at any time. […]

Summer Preview, Part 1: Gusties Earn Research Experiences Off-Campus

This summer, over 50 Gusties will be undertaking summer research projects. Their collaborations with faculty span the sciences, arts, and humanities. Here’s a snapshot of 3 students who will be conducting research off-campus.   Jessica Schwartz ‘23, Chemistry Jessica Schwartz ‘23 will be participating in the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Medical-Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Schwartz […]

Students Adapt and Thrive during J-Term Research with Dr. Scott Bur

Over January Term, Dr. Scott Bur and 15 research students worked to design and synthesize a molecule which would inhibit Plasmodium falciparum (the parasite responsible for malaria). The results could lead to a new avenue for treatment of the disease.   Bur’s research has been an ongoing project since 2017. Bur alters the project focus […]

Devin Makey ‘20 Finds Career Path through Research

Alumnus Devin Makey’s ‘20 passion for research began in the chemistry lab at Gustavus. As a first year student, Makey had initially planned to go into the medical field. But after shadowing doctors and doing volunteer work he realized his interest was in the science behind human health. Makey is currently pursuing a PhD in […]

Theatre and Dance Performances go Digital

The Theatre and Dance department used investigative research practices to transition this semester’s performances to a digitally streamed format. These performances were streamed in the first week of December and will be shown again before Christmas.    Shared Space: In Flux    Directing a virtual dance concert presented challenges and opportunities for students Hannah Saunders ‘22 […]

Water Quality Research Connects Gustavus Team and Local Community 

A desire to work on an environmental project that had a direct connection to the community inspired D. Melanie Kistnasamy ‘22 to join a research team monitoring the water quality of the Seven Mile Creek Watershed. This project piqued Kitnasamy’s interest because it included research and communicating findings to the public. She reflected, “I always […]


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