“I knew I wanted to do some research in college, so I wanted to use this opportunity to test the waters to see if I really liked doing research. The further I got into my research at St. Thomas, the more I found myself...realizing I couldn’t ask for much better.”
Jack Queenan, who twice a week his senior year of high school would head to associate professor of chemistry Lisa Prevette’s lab, where he worked on his research project: creating nanoparticles that could one day be used to deliver insulin for diabetics. Queenan continues that research now as an undergraduate student.
University of St. Thomas – Entrepreneurship and Business
“The advisors and professors’ willingness to help, especially in our specific case [has been most beneficial]. My accounting professors are willing to look at our financials and give real feedback because they are experts.”
In less than two years as a St. Thomas undergraduate, Megan Sharkus has launched and grown ExpressionMed, which is dedicated to improving the education, design appeal and safety of insulin kits for children with diabetes.
"I chose Mac for its emphasis on internationalism. The classes are incredibly insightful, and so are the conversations that spring from them. Beyond that, the many active clubs and college departments on campus create a learning process that involves the whole person — their character, their ethics and their compassion."
“If you want to be successful, be open to other people. Always ask for help. Everyone will help – especially at Concordia. They will not stop until they make you a successful person. They will work with you day and night until you get there.”
Concordia College, Moorhead – Communication Studies and Marketing
Hometown: Devils Lake, N.D.
“Concordia’s BREW concept has a lot of influence on my new mindset. To me, ‘becoming responsibly engaged in the world’ means taking the opportunity to learn about new places. It is recognizing that our culture is just one of many cultures in the world.”
Concordia College, Moorhead – Social Studies Education
Hometown: Lake Lillian, Minn.
“Concordia fit with everything I wanted. A friendly community and environment, great academics mixed with small class sizes, the option to continue with athletics, affordability through financial aid and great location. How could I pass up the opportunity to continue to be in a sport, get a great education and be part of such an amazing community?”
"St. Olaf has equipped me with both the habits of mind and the scientific expertise to be a successful researcher. It's extraordinary to be in a place that offers so many formative opportunities."
Colin is no stranger to scientific success. He was part of a research team that made international headlines for discovering a new dwarf planet. He was named a Rossing Physics Scholar. And he earned a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship that will support his doctoral work in physics at the University of Chicago. In true St. Olaf style, he's done it all while pursuing other interests on campus: singing with the Cantorei Choir, playing bassoon in the St. Olaf Band, and participating in the Great Conversation program.
"St. Olaf's Music Department has provided me with countless opportunities to perform, compete, and collaborate. I feel so lucky to be studying music at a school where I also have the option to study abroad and travel."
An accomplished violinist, Hannie is passionate about music performance. Yet she's equally passionate about exploring the world outside her practice room. That's why she chose St. Olaf — which offers ample study abroad opportunities in addition to a strong music program — over a music conservatory. She's already studied French in Morocco and toured Argentina and Uruguay with the St. Olaf Orchestra, and this year she will study music in Vienna, Austria. As the winner of the Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota String Competition, she will also travel to Bergen, Norway, this fall to perform.
"People talk about the connections you'll make here with professors — and it's true. In almost every class I've had, the professor gets to know not just who you are, but how you work and what your interests are. They really want you to succeed. It's nice to have that sense of community."
Although he's a vocal music education major, Andrew has studied subjects like Spanish, religion, psychology, and dance during his time at St. Olaf. The ability to take a variety of courses that interest him — even when they're outside the Music Department — is important to Andrew. These classes have given him different perspectives and taught him to approach issues with a broader interdisciplinary understanding. The professors in these classes have also challenged him to think in new ways.
“I took a couple of classes here at St. Olaf that gave me some background about Middle Eastern politics; that knowledge definitely prepared me for the classes I took through Amideast in Jordan. I truly appreciated my classes in Jordan because they pushed me to be more critical and to take a historical approach in order to understand the complexity of the Middle East/North Africa region.”
Karla has spent much of her life traveling. After growing up in Piura, Peru, Karla attended high school in Singapore at UWC South East Asia, and then decided to pursue political science at St. Olaf. She spent fall semester of her junior year in Amman, Jordan, where she applied the knowledge she had gained as a political science major.
St. Catherine University – Communication Studies and Journalism
Hometown: River Falls, Wis.
“I’ve always been passionate about social advocacy, especially for disability rights, since middle school when I would write letters to the school board arguing for desegregation of special education. St. Kate’s has given me invaluable opportunities to explore that passion and act on it. I’ve grown more assertive and empowered as a Katie — and I look forward to future opportunities to expand my advocacy skills.”
“I’ve learned to communicate more effectively and make professional connections with others through St. Kate’s student-faculty research opportunities, including the Summer Scholars program. I’m also more confident in presenting and speaking in public, especially to an audience that doesn’t have a background or has very little background in chemistry.”
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota – Secondary Education
Hometown: Kasson-Mantorville, Minn.
"Professors at Saint Mary’s are very personable and they really encourage and push you to be sure you are prepared for your career and your future. You’re not just a number here. You get to know everyone at Saint Mary’s and there is a real sense of community on this beautiful campus."
I love CSB/SJU because of the small class sizes, the collaboration and interaction that occur inside and outside of the classroom, the helpful and enthusiastic professors, and the close-knit campus community that the institutions have to offer. I also love the curriculum which helps to produce more well-rounded students. I think the CSB/SJU partnership allows students to meet and interact with other individuals from many different walks of life. Additionally, having two campuses gives each student access to double the resources and facilities. Attending CSB/SJU has helped me become better at promoting intercultural competency -- recognizing that no two cultures are alike and every culture is special in its own way. With the international student population growing each year at CSB/SJU, students are encouraged to interact with each other and immerse themselves in each other’s culture, views, and opinions. This is a key quality that is needed in today's workforce.
Minneapolis College of Art and Design – Entrepreneurial Studies Major
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
“I really wanted to go to art school more than anything. I also needed a change—I'm originally from Milwaukee, so I really wanted to move to a city that cared for their arts more than Milwaukee did, and a school that both had good connections to help me after I graduate and would help me craft my skills before I graduate. MCAD is perfect for this.”
Minneapolis College of Art and Design – Graphic Design
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
“I decided to transfer to MCAD because I really liked the quality of work I saw coming out of the graphic design major and the school in general. The faculty here, especially the design faculty, they really care about students’ work and they really like our stuff to get better and for us actually succeed. They really, really care.”
Minneapolis College of Art and Design – Print Paper Book
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
“I'm enjoying my time at MCAD because it has opened up a lot of opportunity through my classes and professors and networking in the Twin Cities. The more you invest in MCAD, the more they invest in you.”