Research and Sponsored Programs

Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars

Scholarly Project and Professional Presentation Travel applications are considered. Proposal in both categories must be related to academic program and career objectives and must be supervised by a faculty mentor.

Posters at St. Paul

Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars Posters at St. Paul is a unique event that allows undergraduate students to share the results of their work with legislators and other leaders in state government. This helps members of Congress understand the importance of undergraduate research by having them talk directly with the students whom these programs impact.

Participation eligibility

  • Student participants represent a variety of disciplines across campus.
  • The application process is a competitive process.
  • RSP staff will solicit nominations from Deans to identify our top student researchers, and will invite students to participate in a competitive application process.
  • Students will present their research to the St. Cloud State Scholarship, Research and Creative Achievement Committee (SRCA), who will determine the top four candidates to participate in this prestigious Minnesota State event.

Participation guidelines

Student participants write letters to legislators, present their posters at the event in February, and meet with their legislator (or staff) when in the Capitol.

  • Poster size is 30” x 40” – easels, foam boards, and clips will be provided.
  • Sample letter templates and legislator contact information will be provided.

Faculty are strongly encouraged to attend this event with their student.

Transportation, cost of poster printing, and lunch will be provided to participants.

Participants, once selected, will be required to provide project information to RSP staff for registration and conference publications:

  • Student Name, Email
  • Student Bio, Photo
  • Major, Department, College/School
  • Faculty Sponsor Name
  • Title of Presentation
  • Abstract

Important dates and deadlines

  • Deans and Faculty nominate students in fall semester.
  • Students engage in a competitive presentation process and are selected in early December for participation in the event.
  • Posters at St. Paul takes place in February.
  • Students must also participate in the Huskies Showcase in April.

Undergraduate Scholars Conference

The purpose of the Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars Conference is to provide undergraduate students from any Minnesota State university the opportunity to present their research, scholarly, and creative projects through poster presentations, oral papers, visual art displays, and performance art. The Conference provides intercampus engagement for both faculty and students, build pipelines between campuses, and increases the presence of Minnesota State universities as leaders of undergraduate research.

Participation eligibility

Any Minnesota State undergraduate student engaged in collaborative or independent research, scholarly or creative activity which is sponsored by a Minnesota State faculty or staff member is eligible to participate in this event.

To encourage participation from all disciplines, RSP staff will solicit nominations from Deans to identify students, and will invite students to participate in this event.

Types of presentations

Poster Presentation

  • Presenters will be available to discuss their posters at the assigned presentation time.
  • Poster maximum of 36” x 48” – easels, foam boards, and clips will be provided.

Oral Presentation

  • Presentations are a maximum of 15 minutes, including a question and answer period.
  • All PowerPoint presentations must be on a USB flash drive. All rooms are equipped with a computer, projector and screen.

Artistic Performance

  • Performances include literary readings, theatre, music or dance and are original or interpretation/research based on an existing work.
  • Maximum of 30 minutes allotted for each performance, including a question and answer period.

Gallery Exhibit 

  • All forms of visual art, including original painting, sculpture, photography, prints, textile arts, drawings, pottery, metal, etc.
  • Special equipment and space needs are arranged based on individual projects.
  • Presenters will be available to discuss their exhibit at the assigned presentation time.

Participation guidelines

Registration is required for this event, and participation in the Huskies Showcase is required for all participants.

Transportation, cost of poster printing, and lunch will be provided to participants.

Participants, once selected, will be required to provide project information to RSP staff for registration and conference publications:

  • Student Name, Email
  • Faculty Sponsor Name
  • Department, College/School
  • Title of Presentation
  • Abstract

Important dates and deadlines

  • Deans and Faculty nominate students in January/February.
  • Students will be selected in February/March.
  • Minnesota State Undergraduate Scholars Conference takes place in April.
  • Students must also participate in the Huskies Showcase in April.