Research Reigns at COSS

The Celebration of Student Scholarship expressed depth and creativity of Concordia students through faculty-mentored research.

More than 300 students gave poster or concurrent sessions throughout the daylong event April 10, with some students participating in multiple presentations. New at this year’s COSS was an art display with printmaking pieces and two sessions presented in Spanish.

“Our goal is to keep building on the diversity of research,” says Krys Strand, director of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity and coordinator of the Celebration of Student Scholarship.

From analyzing Alfred Hitchcock’s works to how field burns effect milkweed density, students covered topics across the curriculum. Tate Hovland ’20 researched the marketing of marginalized groups. He says this work gave him an opportunity to analyze societal situations of today and make them understandable to a wide audience.

“Research empowered me to better understand communication phenomena and further develop understandings of communication through personal and relatable examples,” Hovland says.

In addition to the presentations of research and scholarship, three awards were given. Samantha Engrav ’21 was selected as this year’s President Pamela M. Jolicoeur Endowed Memorial Scholarship recipient. The award was presented to Engrav by Jolicoeur’s spouse, Mike Doyle, and her daughter, Jessica Rich.

Alyssa Dalen ’20, received the library’s Exemplary Research Award for her research, “Violence Spreads: The Role of Behavior Learning in Transmission of Violent Acts,” mentored by Dr. Michelle Lelwica. Dr. Susan Lee, associate professor of art, received the mentor of the year award.


Photos: Justin Monroe