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Wearable Technology & 3D Printing Fashion Designer on Campus in February!

St. Kates LogoThe St. Kate’s Apparel, Merchandising and Design Department is pleased to announce a 2-day Guest Speaker event sponsored by the School of Business and Professional Studies. This event is focused on technology to advance digital literacy, future scholarship, and explore a successful business model for technology infused fashion and foster industry partnerships. Sylvia Heisel, a fashion designer, will be on campus from Wednesday, February 21 – Friday, February 23.

 Sylvia Heisel, is a fashion designer and creative director working with new materials, manufacturing and physical computing for fashion and wearables. Based in New York, Sylvia is an expert on 3D printing, functional fashion, design for smart wearables, and new materials manufacturing applications for fashion.  She is currently developing a work-flow and manufacturing system for 3D printed apparel and she was named one of the “12 Amazing People You Need To Know in New York Fashion Tech”.  If you would like additional information on Sylvia Heisel, check out this website (link opens to website).

 We would like to invite you to a series of presentations:

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

PUBLIC LECTURE – 4:00-5:00pm — Recital Hall

This lecture will be on wearable garment technology, 3D printing, and sustainability

QUESTION/ANSWER – 5:00-5:30pm

Friday, February 23, 2018

Classroom Presentation: Technology Trends in Fashion- 11:45am-12:45pm- Fontbonne 108

NOTE: PLEASE RSVP for the Classroom Presentation to Barb Gritzmacher at  no later than February 12, 2018 to be sure there’ll enough space for all who want to attend. 


Academic Professional Development Committee (APDC) Grants-Congrats Dr. Kaback!

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During the fall 2017 Academic Professional Development Committee (APDC) grant round, St. Catherine University faculty submitted 13 proposals requesting a combined total of over $67,000 for research, scholarly activities and curriculum development projects. With just $29,917 available to allocate, the APDC grant reviewers awarded funding for six of the 13 proposals, which will be completed during the current academic year.

Congratulations to Dr. Suzy Kaback who was one of six proposals to receive funding from the APDC committee! Her pilot study, edTPA On-Boarding: The influence of professional development on cooperating teachers’ knowledge about a state-mandated performance assessment, will explore the effect of professional development on cooperating teachers’ knowledge about a state-mandated performance assessment (edTPA), and their perception of the edTPA as an educative tool for new teacher growth and reflection.

Additional congrats to St. Catherine University Faculty from various departments who also received funding from APDC in Fall 2017. They are:

  • Holistic Studies Narrative Study
    Principal Investigator: Laurie Anderson Sathe, Holistic Health Studies

The purpose of this research is to gather the stories and narratives of St. Catherine University’s Holistic Health Studies graduates’ field work. Ultimately, this will contribute a broader narrative of what holistic health looks like in practice, as well as provide insights into the field’s next phase of evolution.

  • Undergraduate M-STEM student perceptions of careers in aging
    Principal Investigator: Alvina Brueggemann, Public Health

The aim of this qualitative study is to examine underrepresented undergraduate M-STEM students’ attitudes toward aging research careers. The study will focus on perceptions of older adults, aging careers, and STEM persistence, to inform an NIA grant application and the expansion of gerontology studies at St. Kate’s more broadly.

  • Nighttime postural care: Caregiver training and outcome measure feasibility
    Principal Investigator: Jennifer Hutson, Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy

This feasibility study examines a caregiver training protocol and the psychometrics of an outcome measure used to address issues of health for children with cerebral palsy. Results will inform the design of a nighttime postural care intervention study.

  • Comparative transcriptomics to investigate carbon and nitrogen exchange in the lichen symbiosis
    Principal Investigator: Tami McDonald, Biology

The objective of this project is to sequence the transcriptomes of two closely related lichens to identify the transport proteins that carry carbon and nitrogen between the fungal, algal and cyanobacterial partners in the lichen symbiosis.

  • Moving LIS 7030 from a face-to-face format to online
    Project Developer: Sheri Ross, Master of Library and Information Science

The goal of this curriculum development project is to develop online curriculum for LIS 7030: Knowledge Organization. This project represents the department’s first effort to build a course to be delivered completely online.




Fellowship and Research Grant Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

Attention Grad Students! Are you looking for funding or opportunities to complete research?

Here are some helpful resources put together by our awesome team from the SPREE (Sponsored Programs, Research and External Engagement) department. Please take a look!

Funding Graduate School For Womenlink
Links to a variety of scholarship, fellowship, and research supports with varying deadlines.

Social Science Research Council
The SSRC’s varied fellowships and prizes share a core commitment to improving conditions for social science knowledge production worldwide. Programs engage themes ranging from global issues facing the United States and Japan to security in Africa and Latin America.
The deadlines for these awards vary.

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation: Offers various fellowships in education, religion and ethics, teaching, and access and opportunity. The deadlines for these awards vary. 
Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program: SI Fellowships are awarded annually to scholars wishing to conduct independent study or research at one or more of the Smithsonian’s 19 units and research centers. Graduate Student Fellowships are typically 10 weeks in length. Students must be formally enrolled in a graduate program of study at a degree granting institution.
The deadline for this award is early December.

*Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship: The Rangel Graduate Fellowship aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. Recipients are supported through two years of graduate study, internships and professional development activities, and entry into the Foreign Service.
The deadline for this award is September 21.

Christianson Grant: The Christianson Grant is awarded to individuals who have arranged their own service programs abroad. Proposed programs must be at least six months in length and emphasize a work component. The grant program does not support independent research projects or academic study abroad programs. Award amounts range from $2,500 to $10,000.
The deadlines for this award are March 15July 15, and October 15.

Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Graduate Research Grant: This grant program supports exceptional graduate students who are interested in developing a component of their graduate research in a developing country setting and in collaboration with a mentor from an International Agricultural Research Center (IARC), or a qualifying National Agricultural Research System (NARS) unit.
This program is not accepting applications at this time.

*Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Study/Research Grants and English Teaching Assistantships are available in over 140 countries. The study/research grant category includes projects in both academic and arts fields. Applicants for these grants design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. English Teaching Assistants help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for U.S. culture.
The campus deadline for this award is September.
The national deadline for this award is October.

Echoing Green Fellowship: The Echoing Green Fellowship offers seed-stage funding and support to emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change. Fellows receive up to $90,000, participate in leadership development gatherings, and have access to the network of Echoing Green Fellows and partners. Echoing Green manages three distinct programs: the Global Fellowship, the Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellowship, and the Climate Fellowship.
The deadline for these awards is October.

American Educational Research Association: Provides support from the NSF, NCES, and IES to provide funding for graduate students at various levels who have an interest in educational policy-related research. Deadlines for these awards vary.

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program: The purpose of the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program is to provide scholarships to nursing students in exchange for a minimum 2-year full-time service commitment (or part-time equivalent), at an eligible health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses. Scholarships are awarded competitively and consist of payment for tuition, required school fees, and a monthly support stipend. The deadline for this award is May.

*NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP): The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.
The deadlines for these awards are in the last full week of October.

National Institute of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program: The NIH Program is a doctoral training program for students committed to biomedical research careers. The program is based on the British system, in which students perform doctoral research without required formal courses other than those students choose to take related to their own interests.
The deadline for this award is December 1.

American Association of University Women: One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $3.7 million in funding for fellowships and grants to 250 outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2017–18 academic year. Six distinct awards are available.
Deadlines for these awards are November through January.

Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust: The Fellowship Trust aims to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect its founder’s high standards. Approximately 8 fellowships, $22,000 for graduate students and $14,000 for undergraduate students, are awarded for the regular academic year. Fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college located within the United States.
The deadline for this award is January 31.

*Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans: The Soros Fellowship provides thirty awards annually to New Americans who are younger than 31 and college seniors, holders of bachelor’s degrees, or not beyond the second year of graduate study. Each award is for up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition and fees or 50% of required tuition and fees/year.
The deadline for this award is November 1.

*Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship: The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards fifty-one Fellowships of $5,000 each and six at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Applicants must be a member of their university’s PKP chapter.
The deadline for this award is April.

Exciting Job Opportunities at Behavioral Dimensions for Students!


Behavioral Dimensions, a private company based out of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, provides intensive services to children with autism and related disabilities. We are currently hiring undergraduate and graduate students from colleges and universities studying in a wide variety of fields. The skills our staff learn can be used with any child in any setting regardless of staff’s field of study or career path.

Many entry level jobs in the human services field require a degree and experience in order to be hired as a Mental Health Practitioner. We can assist in providing the required hours of experience while students are completing their degrees. In some cases, we are able to provide the training and supervision for internships and practicums.

We are looking to hire for positions throughout the Twin Cities metro, St. Cloud, Alexandria, Duluth, and the Iron Range areas. Part time and full-time positions are available.

We also currently have a job posting on St. Kate’s website. We are available to speak with individual students about employment opportunities with BDI.

Please feel free to contact Jay O’Neill (Owner & President) at 612-889-0278 or by email at






Ties 2017 Alum Highlight- “The Teacher’s Toolbox: Engaging Inquiring Minds Through Design Thinking” 



Dr. Siri Anderson and Antonio Kuklok ’16

Thank you to all our faculty, grad students, and alumni who presented and volunteered at our St. Kate’s booth for Ties 2017 Conference!  This week’s shout out goes to alum Antonio Kuklok MAED ’16  for co-presenting at the Ties 2017 Conference: The Teacher’s Toolbox: Engaging Inquiring Minds Through Design Thinking (link opens to presentation). This presentation is about Design Thinking and how Makerspace, when aligned with a specific inquiry practice, can help students find solutions to the ongoing challenges our society faces today.



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