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Students to present research at state capitol

Kari VanDerVeen
February 15, 2013

St. Olaf College students Kristell Caballero-Saucedo '13 and Stephanie Villarreal '13 will present their research at the Minnesota State Capitol February 19 as part of the Private College Scholars at the Capitol event.

Kristell Caballero-Saucedo '13 (left) and Stephanie Villarreal '13 will present their research at the Minnesota State Capitol February 19. Photo by Duy Ha '14

The 10th annual event, organized by the Minnesota Private College Council, seeks to show state legislators and the governor the breadth and depth of undergraduate research at the state’s private schools. Students will have the opportunity to meet with legislators individually and discuss their research.

Caballero-Saucedo and Villarreal will join students from around the state in demonstrating the important role of undergraduate research in educational and professional development.

Caballero-Saucedo’s research, titled "Colombia's Raizal People: The Complexity of Created Identity," delves into the contested meaning of Raizal identity and the political consequences their identity has on preserving ethnic culture.

Villarreal’s "Exploring the Development and Sustainability of Social Capital in Local Communities" examines the effectiveness of the Growing Up Healthy programs serving Latino populations in Rice County.

Contact Kari VanDerVeen at 507-786-3970 or vanderve@stolaf.edu.