Students regularly publish work with faculty members.

Mac students work alongside faculty in the lab and in the field—and publish the results.

At major universities, doing research and writing articles with faculty members are opportunities usually confined to graduate students—but that’s not true at Macalester. 

Here, motivated undergraduates regularly work alongside professors researching topics as varied as dinosaurs and campaign finance reform. After the research is complete, many of these students also become co-authors on papers published in academic journals—an opportunity their peers at larger institutions can only dream of. 

The students relish these opportunities and their professor co-authors enjoy it, too. Says Geology Department chair and assistant professor Kelly MacGregor, “It’s amazing to usher students through the process of discovery, to watch them take hold of a project as their own, and to move those discoveries toward a peer-reviewed publication.” Adds her colleague, assistant professor Kristi Curry Rogers, “Working through the process of publishing a paper really lets students experience what it’s like to be a scientist. Getting this experience as an undergraduate provides a great opportunity to learn the language and method early in a career.” 

Following is a partial list of papers Mac students have recently co-authored. Although the list is by no means exhaustive, it shows the breadth of scholarship being done by faculty and students. Not every title may be immediately understandable to the layperson, but the effort and accomplishment behind them? That should be crystal clear.


D.J. Hornbach, M.C. Hove, Ho-ting Liu ’13, Forest Schenck ’13, Diane Rubin ’13, and B.J. Sansom. 2013. “The Influence of Two Differently Sized Dams on Mussel Assemblages and Growth.” Hydrobiologia 724: 279-291.


Andrew J. Bendelsmith ’13, Keith T. Kuwata, and Thomas D. Varberg, “Hyperfine Structure in the Electronic Spectrum of TaS,” Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, 2012, 276–277, 14–18.

Jiliang Hang, Prasanta Ghorai, Solaire A. Finkenstaedt-Quinn ’10, Ilhan Findik, Emily Sliz ’08, Keith T. Kuwata, and Patrick H. Dussault, “Generation of Singlet Oxygen from Fragmentation of Monoactivated 1,1-Dihydroperoxides.” Journal of Organic Chemistry 2012, 77, 1233-1243.

Paul J. Fischer, Michelle C. Neary ’10Laura Avena ’14Kevin P. Sullivan ’12, and Kent C. Hackbarth ’13, “Dicarbonyl{[2-(diphenylphosphino)ethyl]cyclopentadienyl} Group VI Metal Hydrides, Halides, and Anions: Precursors for Olefin Epoxidation Catalysts.”  Organometallics 201231, 2437.

Paul J. Fischer, Laura Avena ’14Trent D. Bohrmann ’16Michelle C. Neary ’10, Grace K. Putka ’16, and Kevin P. Sullivan ’12, “Group VI Metal Carbonyl Complexes of Bis(diphenylphosphinomethyl)diphenylborate and an Assessment of their Utility for Template Ligand Syntheses,” Organometallics 2014, 33, in press.

Computer Science

Dale Beihoffer, Jemimah Hendry ’03, Albert Nijenhuis, and Stan Wagon, “Faster Algorithms for Frobenius Numbers,” Electronic Journal of Combinatorics

Elizabeth Shoop, R. Brown, E. Biggers ’14, M. Kane ’13, D. Lin ’13, and M. Warner ’12, “Virtual Clusters for Parallel and Distributed Education,” Proceedings of the 43rd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education SIGCSE ’12, New York, N.Y., USA: ACM


Alvin Kim ’14 and Daylanne English, “Now We Want Our Funk Cut: Janelle Monae’s Neo-Afrofuturism,” American Studies


B.Z. Foreman ’04, H.C. Fricke, K.C. Lohmann, and R.R. Rogers. 2011. “Reconstructing Paleocatchments by Integrating Stable Isotope Records, sedimentology, and Taphonomy: A Late Cretaceous Case Study” (Montana, United States). Palaios 26:545-554.

K. Curry Rogers, M. D’Emic, R. Rogers, M. Vickaryous, and A. Cagan ’10.  2011.  “Sauropod Dinosaur Osteoderms from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar.”  Nature Communications 2:564 doi: 10.1038/ncomms1578.

M.S. Marshall ’12 and R.R. Rogers. 2012. “Lungfish Burrows from the Upper Cretaceous Maevarano Formation, Mahajanga Basin, Northwestern Madagascar.” Palaios 12:857-866.

Rogers, R. R., D.W. Krause, S.C. Kast ’08, M.S. Marshall, L.Rahantarisoa, C.R. Robins ’01, J.J.W. Sertich.  2013. “A New, Richly Fossiliferous Member Comprised of Tidal Deposits in the Upper Cretaceous Maevarano Formation, Northwestern Madagascar.” Cretaceous Research 44:12-29.


Andrew Beveridge and Sean Cooke ’09, “The Mathematical Sorting Hat: First Year Course Assignment at Macalester College,” UMAP Journal, Vol. 33, No. 2 (2012), pp. 99-118.

Andrew Beveridge and Meng Wang ’09, “Exact Mixing Times for Random Walks on Trees,” Graphs and Combinatorics, Vol. 29, No. 4 (2013), pp. 757-772.

Political Science

Taren Kingser ’11 and Patrick Schmidt. “Business in the Bulls-Eye? Target Corp. and the Limits of Campaign Finance Disclosure,” Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy. March 2012, 11(1): 21-35. doi:10.1089/elj.2011.0135.

March 7 2014

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