Undergraduate research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline. Funding is available for students to engage in research and travel to conferences to present their research. Wartburg College Undergraduate Research (WCUR)  provides resources for faculty working with students as well as conference listings and publications that accept student submissions.

Why participate in undergraduate research?

Wartburg students work closely with a faculty mentor.

Undergraduate research enhances students' understanding and knowledge of their chosen academic field.

Research helps students clarify their academic, career, and personal interests.

Students gain academic credentials that help expand their resume by presenting at conferences or working on a research team.

Wartburg students learn skills in communication (written and oral), critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and time management.

Wartburg students discover new bacteriophage


The Effects of Exercise-Induced Oxidative Stress and Antioxidant Supplementation on Murine Cognition

Daily Aspartame Consumption Shows No Effect on Memory Tasks in Lab Mice (Mus musculus)

Availability of Cell Phones and Social Interaction During Face-to-Face Interaction among College Students

Coordination Chemistry and Reactivity of Cobalt Complexes of tapa (tris(6-amino-2-pyridylmethyl)amine)

Work Towards the Synthesis and Characterization of Hydrogen Bond Containing Cryptands & Their Metal Ion Complexes

Separation and Quantification of Sulforaphane From Scarlet Globe and Philadelphia White Box Organic Radish Roots

Expression of a gain-of-function calcium channel gives rise to multiple disruptions of neuroendocrine functions

Male Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) Preference Between Ovariectomized and Ovary-intact Female Golden Hamsters

A Comparison of Songwriting and Music Analysis Interventions in Evoking Change in Mood State in a Single Session with Military Veterans

Detection and Survivability of Escherichia coli in Biofilms

The frequency and characterization of antibiotic resistant staphylococci and MRSA in healthy dogs and cats

The Effects of Exercise on Balance in the Elderly

Mathematical Modeling of the Isle Royale Wolf and Moose Populations Using Vensim® Simulations

Development of a post-traumatic epilepsy paradigm in fruit flies

The Influence of Attractiveness, Disability, and Gender on Helping Behavior

Status of Threatened Microtene Rodents in Northeast Iowa: Correlations Between Habitat Quality and Availability

The Role of Parenting in Sports Performance

Simulation of Effect of an Increased Temperature on a Bottom-up Trophic Cascade in a Freshwater Ecosystem

Cops in the News: Portrayal of Law Enforcement in the News Media

The Effect of FDI Dependence on Environmental Consumption: A Test of Ecological Unequal Exchange Theory

Traumatic brain injury induces substantial mortality of Alzheimer’s disease-model flies and nuclear translocation of actin


Each April, Wartburg College celebrates student success in research, internships, and creative activities during RICE Day.