We are excited to welcome you back to a new year of Minnetonka Research. This, the program's third year, represents a new opportunity to share the work of these remarkable students. We welcome the continued support of you, the stakeholders in this program, and offer a small snapshot of what is happening beyond the glass in Minnetonka Research.
Phase 1 - Project Proposal
Students in the Research program are currently completing their project proposals. This body of work exists as the foundation of their research projects, upon which they will work for the remainder of the school year. This phase culminates with students submitting their research proposals for Scientific Review Committee or Institutional Review Board review.
Minnetonka Research engaged in research of their own this summer
Minnetonka Research instructors established 21 skills and competencies identified by global institutions seeking a skilled 21st-century workforce. These competencies serve as the backbone of Minnetonka Research's assessment tools and will help ensure the program continues to develop highly skilled leaders of tomorrow. Read more
Mentor Program
The Minnetonka Research mentor program offers students a vital connection to a robust knowledge base and network of resources. Mentors with expertise in a particular field of research help students reach their full potential as the define and develop their projects. If you or someone you know may be interested in becoming a mentor, please let us know!
Alumni Stories
Minnetonka Research alumni Katherine McDonald (left) and Brigitte Montminy, along with Research instructor Russ Durkee, recently published their work on asteroid rotation rates in The Minor Planet Bulletin , a peer-reviewed journal of asteroid research. McDonald and Montminy carefully monitored subtle brightness changes in five different asteroids throughout the school year discovering how fast they rotate. This work provides basic information on asteroid size, shape, and composition. Their findings will become part of the data archive on asteroids at the Minor Planet Center at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory where it is freely accessible to other researchers.