One of the best ways to prepare for the future is to conduct original research, no matter what your field. Many students work in on-campus labs; others make use of nearby research facilities such as the University of Minnesota or the Minnesota Epilepsy Group; still others do field research as far away as Peru and China. Faculty members in your area of interest and the Science and Research Office are good resources for getting started.
For our class of 2016, 55% of graduates participated in an undergraduate research experience while at Macalester. Of these students, more than half had multiple research experiences.
Of the 55% of graduates who engaged in research, 30% of those students did research with Mac faculty only, 8% did only off-campus research (at another institution), and 17% did both. The off-campus projects took place in 25 different countries (including the U.S.).
Some of the places where our students did research off-campus include:
- American Refugee Committee
- Council on Crime and Justice
- Danish Institute of Study Abroad
- Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research
- Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute
- Johns Hopkins University
- Juneau Icefield Research Program
- Laboratoire de l’Accélérateur Linéaire
- Mayo Clinic
- NYU Langone Medical Center Department of Psychiatry
- Southern California Earthquake Center
- Yale University
In addition to what you learn about a specialized area, an original research project allows you to show how you can contribute in your field. Many students report that grad school or employment interviewers often focus on the student’s research because that work demonstrates initiative, curiosity, and self-direction.
2016 graduates who conducted research projects with faculty prior to graduation.
for NSF grants per capita among our peer liberal arts colleges--twice #1 in the previous four years.
downloads of Mac student and faculty papers published in the Digital Commons.