Research is an important aspect of undergraduate science education at Augustana. All faculty members in the Science department provide opportunities for undergraduate research as an integral part of their own research activities. Field, laboratory and inter-disciplinary research experiences are available to students throughout the academic year and during the summer.

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A photo of a student working in a chemistry labResearch projects available to undergraduate students span all disciplines offered in our department, including the following areas:

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Animal behaviour
  • Biochemistry and organic chemistry
  • Evolutionary developmental biology
  • History of science
  • Immunology
  • Mathematics and computational sciences
  • Physics
  • Plant and restoration ecology
  • Science education
  • Wildlife ecology and conservation

Undergraduate research outcomes

In addition to participating in a variety of undergraduate academic conferences, students also present their research at provincial, national and international meetings, and publish with their faculty mentors in scientific and professional journals. The following list includes some examples of presentations and publications co-authored by students (their names appear in bold print). More information on faculty research projects and publications is available on faculty members' web pages.


Selected publications in scientific and professional journals

Berg, P. & Nadon, P. (2021). Random pore-network model for polymer electrolyte membranes. Soft Matter, 17: 5907-5920.

Cook, K., Hvenegaard, G.T., and Halpenny, E. (2021). Visitor perceptions of the outcomes of personal interpretation in Alberta’s provincial parks. Applied Environmental Education & Communication 29(1): 49-65.

Gares, S.L. Kariuki, J.K., & Rempel, B.P. (2020). Community Matters: Student Instructor Relationships Foster Student Motivation and Engagement in an Emergency Remote Teaching Environment. Chemistry Education, 97, 9: 3332–3335

Hood, G.A. (2020). Accessing and mobilizing “new” data to evaluate emerging environmental impacts on semi-aquatic mammals. Land. 9: 345. Invited article for special edition.

Lupardus, R., Santala, K., Azeria, E., Aubin, I., McIntosh, A.C.S. (2020). Uncovering traits in recovering grasslands: A functional assessment of oil and gas well pad reclamation. Ecological Engineering: X 5:100016.

Spenceley, A., Baez, A., Barborak, J., Blye, C-J., Bricker, K., Cahyadi, H., Corrigan, K., Halpenny, E., Hvenegaard, G., King, D., Leung, Y-F., Mandic, A., McCool, S., Naidoo, R., Newsome, D., Rüede, D., Sano, J., Sarhan, M., Santamaria, V., Beraldo Sousa, T., and  Zschiegner, A-K. (2021). Tourism in protected areas amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Parks 27(special issue): 103-118.

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Selected presentations at scientific and professional meetings

Berg, P. & Nadon, P. (2021). Computing transport properties of polymer electrolyte membranes with random pore-network models. SIAM Computational Science and Engineering Conference (virtual event), USA.

Kariuki, J., Schmidt, B., & King, D. (2019). Development and testing of low-cost electrodes and components for use in electroanalytical sensors, 102nd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Quebec City, QB.

Audet, D., Haave Audet E. (2018). A field test for interspecific comparisons of behavioral responses in novel environments. 48th North American Symposium on Bat Research, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico.

Hood, G.A. (2020). Plumbing for ecology: Can flow devices on beaver ponds reduce conflicts and costs? BeaverCon2020, Baltimore, Maryland.

McIntosh, A.C.S., Stacey, P., Bartley, K.I., Berg, M.L., Bordey, N., Cook, C.A., Godziuk, G.W., Kruger, M.T., Larsen, G.E., Lynch, M.J., Paulgaard, S.D., Sweder, J.D. (2021). Unpostering the scientific poster: demonstrating an alternative format “Poster 2.0” for communicating research findingsUndergraduate Biology Educators of Alberta Annual Meeting, Virtual presentation of poster (and accompanying slide).

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