1st Student's Major

Computer Information Science

1st Student's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Students' Professional Biography

Peter Sonnek is a senior majoring in management information systems. After graduating from Blue Earth Area High School in Blue Earth, MN, he furthered his studies by enrolling at Minnesota State University, Mankato in the fall of 2003. Since then he has received several academic-based scholarships including the Federated Insurance Scholarship, the Department of Computer and Information Sciences scholarship, and the College of Science, Engineering and Technology scholarship. He was also a Who‟s Who Among Students in American Universities nominee and was awarded a Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Research Grant for this project. Peter is also a Student Ambassador, helping with campus and community activities and also giving weekly tours for potential students. He served as the Student Ambassador President from 2005 to 2006. He has been involved in the Honors Program, many intramural sports, and is a YMCA Big Brother. He is currently completing his internship with General Mills, and will be graduating in the spring of 2007. After graduation he plans to continue working for General Mills as a full-time programmer analyst. His hobbies include playing sports, working out, electronics, home theater equipment, farming, family, and friends.

Mentor's Name

Ann Quade

Mentor's Email Address


Mentor's Department

Computer Information Science

Mentor's College

Science, Engineering and Technology


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