Shaping Tomorrow: Kat Albrecht

May 5, 2016
Kat Albrecht

Every year nearly 15,000 students graduate from the University of Minnesota and embark on the next step in their journey. This spring, the Class of 2016 begins to make its mark.

U alumni include founders and presidents of Fortune 500 companies, visionary artists and authors, 55 members of congress (plus 19 governors and two U.S. vice presidents), and thousands more working to make a difference every day.

Who will the Class of 2016 become?

Kat Albrecht

Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance
College of Liberal Arts

Some of Kat Albrecht's most memorable moments came during her first year, she says, when she would stay up late in the night, meeting and talking with someone new in the dorms. "It didn't matter who they were or what we were talking about. Somehow we would spend hours being excited about the future and what we might accomplish," says Albrecht.

What is the biggest challenge you'd like to address?
[I want to] gain a clearer understanding of violence and homicide. I hope that my understanding and my research will help build new strategies for homicide prevention as well as shaping how we understand the act of homicide and other crimes.

How do you see yourself having an impact on the world?
I am headed off to graduate school in the fall to earn a Ph.D. in sociology. I see myself as a sociology professor that works to inspire new generations of thinkers.

Did anything about college surprise you?
I was most surprised at the amount of responsibility you could be entrusted with as an undergraduate. I didn't feel like I was just here taking classes and entering data. I felt like my ideas were valued and that were no limits to what I could accomplish.

What's most exciting about graduating?
Getting to spend more time applying what I've learned here at the U. During my undergraduate career I have learned a lot about how to be a researcher and a scholar. I am so excited to challenge myself to do it for real!