Two Student Researchers Chosen for Private College Scholars Poster Session at State Capitol

Two St. Thomas students and their faculty mentors will participate in the annual Private College Scholars poster session at the Capitol on Monday, Feb. 28. The event celebrates undergraduate research at Minnesota’s private colleges and universities.

Posters on a variety of academic disciplines will be on display from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Minnesota State Capitol rotunda. The public is invited.

Carolyn Dienhart (faculty collaboration by Dr. John Tauer of the Psychology Department, College of Arts and Sciences) and Lauren Marosok, (faculty collaboration by Dr. Kevin Sauter of the Communication and Journalism Department, College of Arts and Sciences) will present their research.

Dienhart's research is titled: “Let Them Play! Why an Overemphasis on Formal Play May Have Negative Effects on Children.” Marosok’s research is titled: “It Takes More Than a House to Make a Housewife: A Sociocultural Feminist Analysis of the Similarities in the Roles of Women on Television, as Housewives, Housewives-in-Training and Faux-Independent Women.”

At this eighth annual event, 37 students and their faculty advisers from 14 colleges will present posters describing their research and creative scholarship projects in various disciplines. From biology to psychology, engineering to English, this event showcases the breadth and quality of undergraduate research being done at Minnesota’s Private Colleges.

The Minnesota Private College Council is a primary sponsor. More information about the poster session and a complete listing of this year’s projects are available on the Minnesota Private Colleges website.