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Research at Concord

Concord University has a rich tradition of research and scholarly inquiry. Students have the opportunity to engage in original research and collaborate with faculty members both in and outside of the classroom. Explore our web site for more information about Research at Concord including the Human Subjects Review Board, Undergraduate Research Day, Committee on Research and links to the McNair Scholars Program and Office of Sponsored Programs

Students who engage in original research gain a deeper understanding of the material and an appreciation for what it means to work in his or her chosen field. They also benefit from working closely with faculty members and other students as they solve problems. Students can present their work at national and regional conferences, West Virginia's Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, and CU's Undergraduate Research Day. Additionally, participating in undergraduate student research has become an important part of gaining admission into graduate and professional programs. 

Committee on Research

Statement of Purpose

1. The Committee on Research promotes an active sponsored program environment in the Concord Community and provides guidance in the conduct of sponsored programs and research.

The Committee on Research will act on the following:

  • Proposal Submission and Award Transfer Policy Waivers
  • Provide oversight and/or recommendation in the establishment and operation of various subcommittees, including but not limited to, internal proposal review for restricted funding opportunities, Human Protection, Animal Care, and Biosafety committees
  • Review restrictions on publications, ownership, and other rights usually afforded to intellectual property generated within academia in order to safeguard the rights of the Concord community
  • Assist with the design and implementation of sponsored project policies, procedures, and initiatives for the University
  • Assist with other issues upon the request of the Chairperson, Executive Director, or Director of Administration of the Corporation/President, Vice President and Academic Dean, Vice President of Business and Finance, or Director of Grants and Contracts of Concord University

2. The Committee on Research promotes non-sponsored research endeavors by Concord faculty, staff, and students. We work to obtain and improve the incentives, venues, and capacity for research and scholarly activities through Concord University.

Committee Membership includes

1. Department Representatives 

  • Department representatives will be elected by their Departments
  • Department representatives will serve two year appointments
  • Department representatives can serve for consecutive appointments

2. Committee Chair

  • Only department representatives can serve as Chair
  • Chair will serve a two year appointment
  • Chair cannot serve consecutive appointments

3. Human Subjects Review Board Chair (HSRB)

4. Representative from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

5. Representative from the Vice President and Academic Dean’s Office

6. Representative from Office of Sponsored Programs (Non-voting member)

Below are just a few examples of resent student-faculty research projects at Concord:

  • An investigation of the way storm events effect dissolved organic carbon in freshwater streams
  • Potential discrimination based on sexual orientation in the hiring process
  • Exploration of the history of medical and biological illustration
  • Examining the effects of incorporating different kinds of technology into preschool classrooms using developmentally appropriate techniques
  • Study of metal enhancement using electron beam lithography patterned surfaces and DNA origami structures
  • An investigation of the education and occupation aspirations of teens in a coal economy
  • A collection of studies investigating deception in everyday communications

What discovery will YOU make at Concord University?