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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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Dr. Karin Lindstrom Bremer, Director of the Center for Excellence in Scholarship and Research, is an associate professor and the research generalist in the Department of Counseling and Student Personnel, and has been at Minnesota State University, Mankato, since fall of 2007. Before coming to MSU, she worked in the research infrastructure of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in the Medical School at the University of Minnesota. There she worked individually and in small groups with academic physicians in the areas of research design, budgeting, qualitative and quantitative analysis and interpretation, and scholarly writing and editing. Having worked in multiple disciplines, her publications and conference presentations have ranged from medicine and nursing to sport psychology, family science, and counselor education. She is earning a certificate in basic editing skills from the American Medical Writers Association, and is a peer reviewer for three academic journals. Dr. Karin has a PhD in Family Social Science and Master's degrees in Counseling and Student Personnel and Sport Psychology, all from the University of Minnesota.


Ellsbeth Schmachtenberger, Research Consultant for CESR, is currently working on her Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology. She grew up in Fort Collins, CO, and graduated from Montana State University with majors in sociology and psychology. Her interests include tutoring, SPSS, Qualtrics and research in employee training. Ellsbeth enjoys hiking, studying abroad, Italian pizza, and anything having to do with Bozeman, MT. She’s been snowboarding since she was seven and has recently picked up skiing. Ellsbeth considers herself the rebellious twin to her sister, Katherine.


Kelly Bergstrom, Research Consultant for CESR, is currently working on her Masters in Clinical Psychology. She grew up in Superior, WI, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with majors in psychology and biology and a minor in Spanish. Her research interests include neuropsychological assessment and cognitive changes associated with aging. Kelly lived in a Scottish palace for a semester, spent time in Costa Rica and Nepal, and has a huge travel bucket list. She also enjoys running, cooking, and cheering for Wisconsin sports teams.


Sara Koktan, Editorial Consultant for CESR, is currently finishing her Masters in Technical Communications and the Certificate to Teach Writing. She grew up in the Twin Cities area and graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a B.A. in English and minors in journalism and bioethics. Her research interests include pedagogy, oral histories, rhetoric, genealogy and medicine. Sara spent the summer backpacking through Germany on a solo trip studying family history. When she’s not attending writing workshops, Sara enjoys traveling, yoga, swing dancing and playing the clarinet for nursing home residents.