Trio of Carls Present at Scholars at the Capitol

Hoyt '19, Jensen '18, Johnson '18 shared their research at an event sponsored by the Minnesota Private College Council.

Mar. 12, 2018
Scholars at the Capitol
Scholars at the Capitol
Photo: Stephen Geffre

Three Carleton students presented their research findings at the Minnesota Private College "Scholars at the Capitol" event on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at the Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul.

The event showcased the work of 48 student researchers and their faculty advisors. Thirty unique projects showcased undergraduate scholarship ranging from medicinal plant biology to Victorian society. Sponsored by the Minnesota Private College Council, each college selects and sends its own students to the annual event. According to Andy Hoyt '19 (Lexington Ky.), one of the student researchers from Carleton, the highlights of the event included “meeting several state legislators, eating lunch with the president of Hamline University, and speaking to many people who were genuinely interested in my research and what I had to say about it.”

Carleton students who presented their research include:

Claire Jensen '18 (Minneapolis) and Brittany Johnson '18 (Evansville, Minn.) presented a joint project entitled "Apprentices & Runaways: The Lives of Workhouse Children." Their research focused on the lives of child yarn-spinning apprentices as recorded in daily workhouse output logs. The research sought to understand the role of work ethic and promise of social and economic reward in the industrial lives of these 19th-century young apprentices. Their research was supervised by professor of history Susannah Ottaway '89.

Hoyt, a history/medieval and renaissance studies major, presented research on his other scholarly passion, biology and environmental studies. His project was entitled “Cover of Solidago (Goldenrod) Species Affects Plant Species Richness in Restored Tallgrass Prairie.” The research examined the Carleton GRASS project, which restores tallgrass prairie, and the ecological impact of the domination of the Solidago species since planting. Analysis of surveys of prairie vegetation concluded plant species richness as well as the effect of grass cover on plant species richness, declined with higher cover of Solidago species. These findings have implications for tallgrass prairie ecology and restoration, especially in the absence of dominant tallgrass species. “This research has helped me define my own research interests and has given me valuable experience in this field and the research process more generally,” Hoyt said. The research was supervised by faculty advisors, Daniel Hernandez, associate professor of biology, and Mark McKone, Towsley Professor of Biology and research supervisor of Cowling Arboretum.