Finding Answers

At Concordia, students conduct high-level research in everything from neutron detection and space science to art and religion – gaining cutting-edge knowledge and the high-level analytical skills required for success in graduate school and the workplace.

Work side-by-side with faculty

Concordia faculty members are nationally known experts who regularly involve students in research and scholarship activities often reserved for graduate students at large universities – developing research ideas, planning and carrying out projects, and serving as co-authors of scholarly works.

In the process, faculty get to know their students very well and are able to write exceptional letters of recommendation for graduate schools, nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships, and employment. 

Recently, students working with Concordia faculty have studied quantum optics, attention and working memory, the impact of the North Dakota oil boom on religious communities, how to keep neurons alive, and many other exciting questions.

Stories of Research

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Researching Cancer at Scripps

When choosing Concordia, Anh Nguyen ’21 knew she would have ample undergraduate research opportunities both on campus and through Cobber connections.

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Collaboration in Chemistry

An undergraduate research opportunity analyzing enzymes led Zach Strickland ’21 to career aspirations and the essential skills to be a scientist.

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Community of Scholars

Concordia students have many opportunities to present their scholarly work to the campus community and beyond.

Each spring, students discuss the results of faculty-mentored projects at Concordia's Celebration of Student Scholarship (COSS). Off campus, students present at regional, national, and international conferences. Examples include the Private College Scholars Showcase, the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research, the Council on Undergraduate Research's Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C., and many annual conferences specific to areas of study.

State of the Art

Modern Science

Designed for "learning science by doing science," the Integrated Science Center opened in fall 2017.

Contact

Dr. Krys Strand

Associate Professor, Biology; Program Director, Neuroscience; Director of National Fellowships and Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Biology, Neuroscience