Student scholarship took center stage April 9 when Concordia hosted its fifth annual Celebration of Student Scholarship.
Students will present scholarly work through more than 80 presentations, poster sessions, and music and theatre performances.
“There will be something for every student that relates to what they’re studying,” says Dr. Susan Larson, director of undergraduate research.
This year, classes will be convened at the event, meaning students will have the entire day to participate. The day’s events will include departmental topics and an alumni panel. Students also will be able to attend workshops to help them develop research and career skills.
“This is a celebration. The new format has enabled a lot of students to be involved, whether it’s by presenting or supporting friends,” says Annabel Olson ’14, Lindstrom, Minn. She is on the planning committee.
Students will present on topics ranging from why we continue to retell fairy tales to the diversity of bees in burned and unburned prairies.
Whatever the topic, presenting research gives students an opportunity to better understand a topic, Olson says. And it challenges students to find even better ways to share what they’ve done.
For example, Olson and two classmates presented their literary analysis of “A Month and a Day: A Detention Diary” during an event at the Moorhead Public Library earlier this year. They’ve reworked the information for the on-campus event.
“You get a chance to present to your peers and show off the quality research that takes place here,” Olson says. “It’s fun to be able to do that.”
Check out our follow up story for a first-hand account of the days events from student participants.