Many students presented research projects at the Celebration of Student Scholarship April 7-8. The celebration featured more than 30 oral presentations, in addition to poster presentations. Topics ranged from presidential morality to diabetes education to how memories are formed.
“The benefits to students engaging in undergraduate research are many,” says Susan Larson, director of undergraduate research, scholarship and national fellowships at Concordia. “It encourages the love of learning, helps students develop transferable skills and encourages responsible engagement.”
To support student research, Concordia’s Student Government Association introduced an award that will fund two summer research fellowships. This funding helps cover the cost of the research and allows students to travel to present their topics.
“SGA noted the great benefit to the individual student, and to the Concordia community as a whole,” says Erik George '11, SGA president for the 2010-11 academic year. “We are seeking to fund high-impact research that will significantly contribute to the intellect and academic pursuits of the Concordia community.”
In addition to the award given by SGA, Concordia provides a number of other grants and opportunities that fund research and help students travel to conferences across the country.
The first recipients of the SGA Undergraduate Research Program fellowships were Andrea Wagner '12, Alexandria, Minn., and Caitlyn Schuchhardt '12, Aberdeen, S.D., who completed research in art and English, respectively.