At Central College you have the opportunity to engage in collaborative research, scholarship and creative inquiry. This high-impact experience allows you to engage more deeply with your chosen discipline resulting in new creative works, exciting discoveries and the answer to applied problems.
These experiences are available to all students regardless of major. Activities are supported not only during the academic year, but also through our summer undergraduate research program. From these events, you have the opportunity to present your work locally, regionally and nationally at conferences. For many, this experience helps shape a career path and is instrumental in landing that first job, or being accepted to graduate or professional school.
Dozens of Central professors use research assignments every year to help students prepare for professional and academic careers. Students also present their results during Central’s Undergraduate Research Symposium. Many also present at regional and national conferences related to their disciplines.
“Not a lot of undergraduates are doing research — that is unique to Central,” said Linda Laine, associate professor of communication studies. “It is going to put them way ahead if they go on to graduate school after Central.” And if students want to start careers right after graduation, Laine said the challenges of research prepare them to excel when managing long-term professional projects.
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Central College students leverage Central’s modern facilities to carry out collaborative research projects with students each summer. Projects span the liberal arts including projects in the humanities, arts, natural sciences and social sciences.
In addition to focused research in the summer, students continue to explore research topics during the academic year through independent study, honors enrichment and course-based research.
In Summer 2015 the Monticello College Foundation funded a women leadership speaker series for all summer research students on campus. Eleven women leaders in central Iowa shared about their roles in civic leadership, leading volunteers, working in male dominated professions, and executive leadership positions.