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On Campus Research Opportunities

Conduct Research with a Macalester Faculty Member 

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Boyer-“Diversity and Evolution of Arachnids”

Dosch/Anderson-“Ecology at Ordway: An Integrated Summer of Experiential Learning Research”

Dosch/Anderson (Young Researchers Positions)-“Research on Global Change Ecology at Ordway Field Station”

Heskel-“Measuring Saint Paul’s ‘Shade Gap’ and street trees’ role mediating climate”

Rivera-“Optimizing protein precipitation methods in human nail analysis”

Tonc-“Characterization of mast cell and fibroblast contributions to chronic vulvar pain”

Tong-“Extracellular Matrix is Necessary for the Persistence of Olfactory Perceptual Learning”


Cao-“Organic Materials Synthesis

Fischer-“Synthetic InorganicChemistry of Phenyltris(3,5-dimethylpyrazol-1-yl)borates and Related Ligands”

Splan-“Research in Bioinorganic Chemistry

Witus-“Catalytic peptides and enzyme-polymer conjugates for biomedical applications”

Environmental Studies

Bradtmiller-“Paleoclimate and Oceanography Research Using Deep Sea Sediments”

O’Connell-“Ecosystem Climate Feedbacks in Tropical Forests: Field Work in Puerto Rico’s Luquillo Experimental Forest”


MacGregor-“Environmental Change in Glacier National Park, Montana”


Arehalli-“Predictive Processing in Language Production & Comprehension”

Herstedt-“Analysis of Discrete Zero-Dimensional Dynamical Systems”

Jackson-“Drawing from Life in Extended Reality: Advancing Cross-Reality User Interfaces for Observational 3D Sketching”

Fox-“Deep Learning for Robot Navigation”

Fox (Young Researchers Positions)-“Deep Learning for Robot Navigation”

Grinde-“Statistical genetics in populations with mixed ancestry”

Marsh -“Online Privacy in Chinese Fandom”

Mitchell-“Math Corps camp and/or Numerical Methods for Fluid Flows”

Peña-“Design and Evaluation of Computing Workshops for Professional Non-programmers”

Ziegelmeier-“Topological Data Analysis of Knowledge Networks”


Maddux-“Cholinergic mechanisms of Pavlovian conditioned approach behavior in rats”

Pezalla-“An exploration into the meaning of gentle parenting”


Heyman-“Ultrafast Optical Spectroscopy of Novel Photoconductors”

Williams-“Extragalactic Magnetic Fields”

Young Researchers Positions (Biology/ES and Computer Science)

Dosch/Anderson-“Research on Global Change Ecology at Ordway Field Station”

Fox-“Deep Learning for Robot Navigation”