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Macalester students enjoy a wealth of resources for research on and off campus—specialized laboratories, libraries, museum collections, distinct population groups for surveys, even a natural history center. They undertake research that makes real contributions to their discipline. They collaborate with faculty in the lab and in the field, often publishing co-authored articles in professional journals.

Some of the places where our students did research off-campus include:

  • 3M
  • Council on Crime and Justice
  • American Refugee Committee
  • Cargill
  • Council on Crime and Justice
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Hyper IQ
  • International Institute of Minnesota
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Minneapolis Heart Institute
  • Minnesota Department of Health
  • Minnesota Governor’s Office
  • Minnesota Legislature
  • Optum
  • Ramsey County District Attorney’s Office
  • TCF National Bank
  • The Loft Literary Center
  • UBS Wealth Management
  • United Nations Association of Minnesota
  • Walker Art Center

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.

  • 80

    Percentage of students who conduct research, from humanities to social studies to natural sciences, while at Macalester, most of it local

  • 4

    Number of science majors out of every five who conduct collaborative research

  • 300

    Number of acres available for student research at our own field station, just 17 miles from campus

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