Contemporary Concepts of Physics
What do 10,000 Mac students, past and present, have in common? more
Computer science students successfully networked 44 computers to create a single, extraordinarily powerful, virtual cluster computer.
Wo ist Goethe
The short video "Wo ist Goethe" won in the Macalester College German Department's "Wo ist Goethe" competition in November 2011. It won the awards "Most creative project" as well as the "Student-choice award."
Research Poster Session 2011
Students present the results of their research to science leaders in the Twin Cities, from Medtronic to 3M to the Minneapolis Heart Institute every year in Olin-Rice.
Addressing Child Welfare
Children of the World was the topic at the 2011 International Roundtable. Two students talked about participating with leaders in the field of child protection.
Mind and Matter
“Mind and Matter”—is it a cell biology class or a creative writing workshop? Students place their feet flat on the floor, and are reminded to “Clear your head, clear your heart,” then listen to a poem. When everyone is focused, the discussion launches into—neurobiology.
Model United Nations in South Korea
Political science and German major Tsesa Monaghan ’13 (Mankato, Minn.) took lots of photos at the Global Model U.N. conclave.
Professor Roopali Phadke and three students held wind energy symposiums over the summer to help residents create policy. more
Preparing for Public Health
In his quest to make a difference, Kai Cowger '13 balances many passions, from tutoring to interning at Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Encouraging minority students to earn PhDs is the goal of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program, now in its 30th year and its 11th year at Macalester.
In an interview with Grace Erny ’12, Professor Jeffrey Pearson discusses his archaeological fieldwork in the Near East, his experience with the Department of Homeland Security, and his musical skills.
Professors Ray Rogers, Kristi Curry Rogers, Geology Lab Instructor Jeff Thole, and their students spend summer months exploring the 75 million year-old rocks and fossils.
Hydropolitics and the Nile
Anthropology major Kevin Boueri '12 returned home to Lebanon this summer to study Arabic and do research for his honors project on hydro-politics and the Nile.
Students and Sustainability
Students at Macalester are making it possible for the campus to become carbon neutral by 2025.
Body of Knowledge
Macalester students are working with faculty on science research that is both original and aims to make a difference in how people understand the world.
Community Change Agents
It’s one thing to perform service work—commendable, yet limited in scope. It’s quite another to take on social issues systemically, problem solving for the future.
Nathaniel Macijeski ’14 wasn’t content to read about the philosophy of happiness; he decided to research it for himself. more
Omrit in Review
Omrit is an interdisciplinary learning experience and anyone is eligible to participate in the excavation without previous experience in archaeology
Ina Rojnic ’13 takes five different language classes at Macalester.
Adrian St. Francis ’13 (Sonoma, Calif.), an English and philosophy major, helped design a poetry class. more
Science Summer Barbeques
Weekly barbeques are held during the summer months for student researchers and the professors who work with them.
Professor Molly Olsen
Olsen talks about what it's like to teach Macalester students. more
Mac DNA - Jeesun Choi
Jeesun Choi '13 talks about her two internships in Minneapolis and her research project with English Professor Nathan Hensley on violence in Victorian novels.more
Teaching with Skype
Students discuss recent developments in the Middle East, with an emphasis on historical and geographic connections.
Back in her hometown of Nanjing, China, before she ever came to Macalester, Danlu Hu ’13 read about Chinese adoptees returning to their native land. Moved by their stories, says Hu, she remembers thinking at the time, “I should really do something for these kids.”
What are summers like at Macalester? Many Macalester students choose to take advantage of internship and research opportunities in the summer. The campus is also busy with kids taking part in the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth (MITY) and ID Tech Camp programs.
Frog and Flower Count
Minnesota's 2011 BioBlitz was held at Macalester's Ordway station. more
For someone who never expected to be in politics, Kathy Kim ’12 (Bellevue, Wash.) has come far: Next fall she’ll begin her term as president of the Macalester College Student Government.
Meet the Watsons
What could be more fun that a fully funded year of international study and travel? That’s what’s in store for Morgan Sleeper ’11 (Deland, Fla.) and Keren Yohannes ’11 (Louisville, Ky.), who were awarded Thomas J. Watson Fellowships—one-year grants for independent study and travel outside the United States.
History + Math = Museums
Olivia Belote '11 writes about her internship experiece with TRACES. more
Unearthing Turkish history
History major Jemma Brown ’11 (New York, N.Y.) spent fall semester of her senior year in Turkey at Boğaziçi University, studying the contemporary Turkish art scene and its relations with the Western art market, nationalism, and constructions of Turkish identity. more
Many people think of U.S. history in terms of battles, pioneers, and presidents. But for Elizabeth Tollefson ’11, studying history became much more personal—and much more local—by her last year at Macalester. more
Investigate and Map It
Nolan Levenson's class presented their GIS research about two reservations to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. That work is now research that will be used for public benefit. more
Melody of Pitch
Macalester women’s soccer team members pursue far more than soccer and their studies while they’re at college. Their range of extracurricular activities runs from editing the Mac Weekly to volunteering at local nonprofits.
When he signed up for Macalester’s legislative politics class, Reed Polakowski ’13 (Minneapolis) thought he’d be interning for a state senator or representative. Instead, he ended up in the office of Minnesota’s governor, Mark Dayton.
Exploring the Unknown
Pete Goldberg '11 spent two summers and an academic year performing research in chemistry professor Kathryn Splan’s laboratory.
Natalie Locke '11 created a unique program at Macalester - the Sustainability Student Worker Network that has led to a number of green initiatives on campus. more
Students, Chelsea Hansen '13 and Danait Teklay '13 share their experience working with Professor Andy Overman attempting to excavate Mount Vernon where approximately two to three hundred of George Washington's slaves are buried. Through the excavation they would like to give recognition to the deceased slaves.
Indiana James - M11
Today, a tour of my square, M11, with supervisor Kate Peterson ('11). Includes a special guest appearance by site architect Prof. Michael Nelson of CUNY Queens. Enjoy!
Building a Library
Waruiru Mburu '13 received a grant from the Live It Fund. Her project involves building a library at Bunabumali Good Samaritan Orphan and Needy school in Bunabumali village, Bududa District, Uganda.
Senior Art Exhibit 2011
Every spring seniors manage their own art show in Macalester's Gallery.
Amy Fisher '07 gives us a tour of her square, Sp5-5. She, Prof. Nanette Goldman, and her team are working inside the temple around the early shrine. The is part of the blog by James Mayer '11.
To Disclose–or Not
For Hannah Johnson, curiousity and her professor's mentoring resulted in a grant for summer research in Washington, D.C. more
The Award Goes To...
The alumni recipients, all biology majors, are Alese Colehour ’09, Ben Freeman ’06, and Suzy Szumowski ’09 received NSF grants.
James Christenson '11 produced the documentary Local Motives, which examines the politics and business of high-speed, commuter, and light-rail expanion in Minnesota. more
Andrew Rich ’12 (Philadelphia) spent last summer writing computer code for Google.
Mac DNA - Jamila Humphrie
Jamila Humphrie '11 (Seattle, Wash.) has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Brazil. more
Commencement 2011 Senior Speakers
Video of Emily Schorr Lesnick '11 and Matt Kazinka '11 delivering the senior class speech at Commencement 2011 on May 14.
Brian Rosenberg at Commencement 2011
Macalester President Brian Rosenberg delivered these opening remarks at Commencement 2011 on May 14.
Lois Quam '83 at Commencement 2011
Video of Macalester alumna Lois Quam '83, executive director of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and former trustee, delivering her Commencement 2011 address titled, 'Entering the World.'