Luther students often collaborate with faculty on research projects, addressing challenging questions that go beyond what's learned in semester-long courses.
I’ve learned how to work in a team, design my own project, and address the problem when things don’t go exactly how we want it. Being able to go with the flow and change things as the challenges arise are good skills to know.Jill Richards '22
Many Areas of Research
In recent years, Luther students have collaborated with faculty on a variety of research topics including:
- studying a specific plant species and how it responds as climate warms
- working with a nonprofit to address a need in the local community
- how genes in mammals are functioning and how their dysregulation can contribute to certain human diseases
- studying the history of black intellectuals
- developing a curriculum framework that will change the direction of the current education system
- studying the research and development of a musical theatre project
- forming a documentary that records the creative abilities of an artist
- researching how a science fiction writer’s work reflects social ethics, technoculture, and religion
- composing a music piece for a children’s story
Grants and Other Funding
Summer student/faculty collaborative research grants and work-study positions are two Luther programs that make student-faculty collaborations possible. You can also undertake independent research or creative projects through student research grants.