The “Magnus the Good” endowed fund, established by friends of the former Paracollege, supports a series of awards to encourage student-faculty collaborations in undergraduate research, or in exploration of innovative applications of learning.
Established in 2003, the fund honors several important values of the college, including (1) that faculty and students learn well when they collaborate in one-on-one partnerships for research and/or reflection, and (2) that students learn well through having opportunities to apply and extend classroom learning.
Thus, the fund supports projects that provide opportunities for collaborative work between students and faculty, and that situate the proposed project in the context of the student’s interests and work, and also in the context of the faculty member’s interests and work.
The 2015-2016 Magnus the Good Awards
Becca Richards (English, Women’s and Gender Studies, Media Studies) and Skye Macrae Curtis ’16: Expanding the Conversation: Expanding the Women’s and Gender Studies Curriculum on St. Olaf Campus for Greater Awareness
This project is intended to innovate and invigorate a strong Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) curriculum and co-curricular interest at St. Olaf. It will help instructors develop new pedagogical materials and allow students to have better educational and professional opportunities. PrRichards and Curtis plan to travel and participate in the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) conference. They will apply what they learned to the St. Olaf campus by discussing changes to be made in the WGST course objectives with other faculty and by holding workshops with student organizations. In the spring, a teach-in will be held to convey what was learned at the NWSA conference.
Ka Wong (Asian Studies) and Harrison VanDolah ’16: The Presence and Practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Minnesota
If medicine encompasses the science and art of healing, it also embraces the cultures, traditions, and beliefs of the community in which it is being practiced. The goal of this project is to gain a new perspective on the unique stories, histories, and practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Minnesota. This project entails both ethnographic fieldwork and cultural studies analysis. Through an ethnographic study of the Minnesotan TCM community, we can start to better understand issues of cultural exchange, interaction, and integration in the U.S. Wong and VanDolah will conduct original interviews with TCM practitioners in Minnesota, both ethnic Chinese and non-Chinese, as well as on-site observations in different clinics and institutions of practice and education. They plan to share their findings in a variety of channels, including a formal report and web publishing.