May 22, 2018
Mollie Francis ’20, Eden Prairie, Minn., was one of 16 student recipients nationwide of a 2017 Sigma Zeta Research Award.
Alongside associate professor of biology Dr. Joe Whittaker, Francis has been researching campus squirrel behavior and habitat in relation to climate change. Her work builds off of previous Sigma Zeta-funded projects.
Her research, “Comparative…
Apr 04, 2017
Ben Stubbs '17 won the best undergraduate poster award at the Minnesota Chapter of the Wildlife Society annual meeting for his research on bird communities.
Two years ago, Stubbs was part of biology professor Dr. Joseph Whittaker's research team. He assisted Whittaker in his study of small mammal communities in remnant and restored prairies in northwestern Minnesota. For Stubbs, however, this research…
Aug 18, 2016
Four pre-med biology students are getting hands-on experience this summer as part of a pre-medical co-op.
Brooke Maruska '17 has plans to become a pediatric neurologist. However, as a young medical student, she also knows her aspirations could change in the next few years. Her cooperative experience is giving her a real-life look at the many unique…
Jul 19, 2016
Despite science facility renovations, on-campus research is still happening.
The Aasgaard House on the north side of Concordia’s campus has served many purposes over the years.
The little white building was once the president's residence, then the home economics department's Home Management House, and later it served…
Feb 16, 2016
Alex Ritter ’09 might just be the next Steven Spielberg of the microbiology world.
Ritter studies a specialized part of our immune system called cytotoxic T cells. These tiny powerhouses find and destroy foreign cells – including cancer cells – that lurk in the body.
Much of his work has been dedicated to producing live-action…Alumni
Feb 08, 2016
The Normandy, once a short-order diner on campus, is now home to three science labs. The space is temporary, and it’s beautiful.
Two biology labs and one chemistry lab moved there after leaving Jones and Ivers. The two older buildings are undergoing significant work to become an integrated science complex that opens in fall 2017.
In the meantime, some science labs are…Academics
Dec 08, 2015
Neuroscience is a new major at Concordia.
Molly Larson ’16 has been interested in the brain since she was in middle school. Now she’ll be one of Concordia’s first students to graduate with a major in neuroscience.
The college recently approved a neuroscience major, building on a program…Academics Outcomes
Nov 17, 2015
Jordan Bolger ’16 has learned a lot of lessons on the basketball court: discipline, work ethic, commitment, how to demonstrate a go-to attitude.
Most of all, the biology and mathematics major from Apple Valley, Minn., has learned how to apply those lessons to other areas of his life.
“Coach (Rich) Glas always has emphasized that people who are dedicated to basketball will be dedicated…Academics Athletics
Nov 10, 2015
Jessica Watson ’17 knows the campus squirrels by name, but it is her knowledge of their behavior that introduced her research to an international audience.
She’s part of a team at Concordia studying red and gray squirrel interactions. This fall, she presented at The Wildlife Society Annual Conference in Winnipeg, Canada.
“It was fun to share and hear other peoples’ opinions of our research,”…Academics
Oct 08, 2015
Physics labs in lounges. Faculty offices in former dorm rooms. Consider it the temporary normal as Concordia prepares to renovate its science facilities.
Earlier this month, the Board of Regents gave final approval to update Ivers and the Jones Science Center. The $45 million project will be completed in fall 2017.
In the meantime, staff and faculty have been busy. As of early October, more…Academics
Jul 24, 2015
Student researchers and their faculty mentor are taking the summer to work on one of the greatest mysteries in the human body: the brain.
For years, scientists from around the world have tried their hand at cracking the mystery that is the human brain. Now, Dr. Jason Askvig and his team of student researchers are analyzing how the brain reacts in response to injury.
Apr 21, 2015
Concordia’s chapter of the Sigma Zeta National Science and Mathematics Honor Society was awarded the Founders' Cup at the organization’s national convention in March.
The Sigma Zeta Honor Society provides research grants for undergraduates and opportunities to present and gain exposure to research in the natural and computer sciences and mathematics. Dr. Joseph Whittaker, assistant professor of biology and…Academics
Mar 26, 2015
At Concordia, even the squirrels have something to teach.
Concordia’s squirrels are common, but they’re providing researchers on campus with opportunities to gather some unique data.
When it comes to the campus landscape, Concordia’s squirrels are as much a part of the picture as Prexy’s Pond or Olin…Academics
Jan 14, 2015
As an undergraduate at Concordia, Mary Gebhardt ’13 stumbled across her passions for infectious diseases and the study of insects, or entomology.
“I took entomology kind of by accident,” she says.
Sitting in a Fargo coffee shop with an iced tea, Gebhardt says the course sparked her interest in medical entomology, with a particular focus on malaria.
Her degree in biology has served Gebhardt…Academics
Jan 05, 2015
Cedric Foudjet ’12 used his experience at Concordia to connect current students with medical innovators in Africa.
Foudjet grew up in Cameroon. There he was surrounded by family members and peers who used their intelligence and imagination to create new technologies and ideas.
So when Foudjet came to the United States, he was surprised that his peers had…Alumni