Concordia St. Paul News

February 15, 2018

CSP Students to Present at Scholars at the Capitol Event

A group of Concordia St. Paul science students are preparing, polishing, and putting the final touches on their presentations for the annual Scholars at the Capitol event that will be held at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul on Feb. 21. The event offers a platform for Minnesota Private College students to present what they have learned surrounding a topic on which they have performed in-depth research.

Students’ topics span from philosophy to nursing to chemistry and operations management. CSP’s students presentations will cover the topics of the characterization of Staphylococcus aureus on Concordia’s campus (that included obtaining samples to determine its presence and carrier status) as well as the creation and development of an artificial culture vessel to house a chick embryo (which explains how a greater surface area helps to visualize and access the chorioallantoic membrane which may be used for future research opportunities.)

The students’ work was featured at the CSP “I Am Science” event

Each student is a part of an advanced research group led by one of their CSP professors and they perform independent research about assigned topics.

“The class is such a unique experience. Almost all of the work is done independently and each week is different,” student Laurel Carlson (Biology, ‘18) noted.

For many, it may be their first presentation at the Capitol, but it is certainly not their first experience presenting.

“We do plenty of poster sessions which are always good preparation,” student Dezaray White (Biology, ‘18) explained.

Fellow group member Darian Wisecup (Biology, ‘18) agreed. “I might get nervous the day of the event, but I love doing the research. I will be ready to answer questions about anything that will be on our poster.”

Typically, the students’ audience has been individuals with a scientific background. Their audience next week will likely include individuals without that background which introduces a new challenge but excitement, too. 

The Scholars at the Capitol experience offers the students a way to build not only presentation skills but another aspect of a solid educational and professional foundation as they look ahead to graduate school options and future opportunities. 

“I hope to be able to convince a graduate school to accept me. Then I can continue research throughout my career,” said presenter Colton Baumler (Chemistry and Biology, ‘18). 

In addition, the students are hopeful that the experience will help shape and enrich their ability to inform and communicate their ideas and research with others. 

“I hope to gain more experience translating scientific concepts into the vernacular so that everyone can understand what we are doing,” student Brianna Holtmeier (Chemistry, ‘18) reflected.

The Scholars at the Capitol event will take place from 9:45 – 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, February 21 at the State Capitol Rotunda (75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55155) For more information on the event, please visit their event page.