While Concordia University Portland is not a research institution, it has developed a strong undergraduate research program across its colleges, driven by individual faculty research.
The Psychology Department research can be found HERE. The department is comprised of:
- Prof. Bryant Carlson
- Dr. Erin Mueller
- Dr. Reed Mueller (also available on Google Scholar)
- Dr. Jane Smith
A number of professors from the Math/Science Department are actively conducting research on campus or through collaboration with regional laboratories. Each project is specific to the background and research interests of individual faculty members.
- Dr. Michael Godsey is researching protein structures through X-ray crystallography.
- Dr. Rici Hallstrand is conducting tissue research in the Concordia culture lab. Her project involves the study of chloroquine and its toxicity effects on cultured human leukemia cells.
- Dr. Mihail Iordanov is currently studying antibacterial properties of various types of green tea.
- Dr. Andrew Johnson is using computational methods to answer questions about the conformational and energetic landscapes of molecular systems that are difficult to explore experimentally. Using an in-house 30 processor computing cluster, the lab has focused on using molecular dynamics simulations to explore molecular motions (slipping and pirouetting) inherent in rotaxane systems.
- Dr. Sergei Polozov conducts biology trips involving field research. His research can be found HERE. His blog can be found HERE.
- Dr. Matt Wise has been studying secondary organic aerosol particles found within the atmosphere. His research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy allows him to study these particles at the DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA. Some of his research can be found HERE.
Regardless of project type, research efforts are conducted with the assistance and hands-on participation of undergraduate students. This type of experience is invaluable for any students interested in getting into graduate school or a research facility.
In addition, Concordia Portland offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI) providing students with practical research experience working alongside faculty during the summer months. The experiences are varied and involve both on campus projects and opportunities to work in off-campus research facilities. Some of that research can be found HERE on CU Commons.
The university is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).