The Hormel Institute Hosts Research Summit With Gustavus Adolphus College

Gustavus Adolphus College/HI Research Summit

June 27, 2024 | Austin, Minn. — The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, partnered with Gustavus Adolphus College to host a joint The Hormel Institute and Gustavus Research Summit on  Thursday, June 27. The Research Summit’s purpose is to allow faculty to connect on the research being conducted at both institutions, with the hope of identifying potential areas for collaboration that could be beneficial to all involved. 

Attendees from both The Hormel Institute and Gustavus Adolphus College listened to presentations given by faculty from both institutions and participated in group discussions and networking activities. 

Scott Bur, PhD, Gustavus Adolphus
Scott Bur, PhD, Gustavus Adolphus

“The Hormel Institute offers cutting-edge technologies and other resources—like capabilities to test toxic compounds to aid in research on the effects of pesticides, for example—while Gustavus and The Hormel Institute offer each other opportunities to expand into research areas that perhaps wouldn’t be possible without these partnerships,” said Edward Hinchcliffe, PhD, Professor, The Hormel Institute. 

“Gustavus is a top undergraduate institution that has put a lot of resources into advancing knowledge that has important applications for human health,” Dr. Hinchcliffe continued. “Partnering with them really expands our reach at The Hormel Institute, particularly into education, for the benefit of Minnesota and beyond.”

The Research Summit is part of a growing list of collaborations between the two institutions. Gustavus also secured funding to expand The Hormel Institute’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) internship program and bring on an additional three Gustavus interns to the 2024 program cycle. Additional plans for further collaboration are being explored. 

“The Hormel Institute is thrilled to partner with Gustavus Adolphus College in a shared commitment to advancing scientific research and education,” said Kelly Vincelette, Community Outreach and Education Manager, The Hormel Institute. “Their generous contribution to fund three internships at our labs not only empowers students with invaluable hands-on experience, but also strengthens the bridge between academic learning and practical application. Together, we are nurturing the next generation of researchers and fostering a collaborative spirit that is essential for scientific innovation.”