Academics & Research

Using ground-penetrating radar, anthropology professor explores the world underground

Using ground-penetrating radar, anthropology professor explores the world underground

Ten miles inland from the coast of the Connecticut River, the landscape is punctuated by a picturesque horse ranch complete with leafy shade trees, white picket fences and expanses of bright green grass. But DU archaeologist Larry Conyers can show you an entirely different picture of the farm … underground. […]

Emily Wolverton volunteered at Denver-area hospitals throughout her college career. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Pioneer Leadership Program defines Emily Wolverton’s college experience

Emily Wolverton has taken on more responsibilities in her four years at DU than many people do in a lifetime. She graduated in June with a degree in biology and minors in chemistry, leadership and business administration. Throughout her undergraduate career she also volunteered in Denver-area hospitals and worked as […]

Robin Tinghitella is especially interested in how environmental change — such as habitat fragmentation, noise and light pollution, and climate change — impacts the mating environment. Stock photo

Biology professor leads students in research on cricket mating habits

Robin Tinghitella, a professor in DU’s Department of Biological Sciences, is accustomed to the fact that her research attracts a lot of curiosity. After all, who doesn’t want to learn about the courtship rituals of crickets? For Tinghitella, mating habits are the perfect hook for introducing students and the public […]

Her Honors Program thesis, says senior Ashlyn Stewart, was a project that allowed her "to find my own interest and run with it." Photo by Wayne Armstrong

Honors Program lets students satisfy their intellectual curiosity

Knee-deep in her cross-disciplinary Honors thesis for her two majors, history and English, senior Ashlyn Stewart finds herself digging deeper, stretching further and thinking harder. Which is precisely why, four years ago, Stewart applied to DU’s Honors Program. She wanted to immerse herself in academic challenges and to study alongside […]

Art and tech intersect in DU’s Emergent Digital Practices program

Art and tech intersect in DU’s Emergent Digital Practices program

He has become a familiar sight around campus — a lanky guy in sunglasses and cap who waits until dark, rides his giant tricycle up to a building, busts out a projector and starts blasting colorful, eye-catching 3-D images onto the existing architecture. Travis Powell, 23, a student in DU’s […]

Interview with DU’s associate provost of research

Interview with DU’s associate provost of research

From engineering to psychology, biology to social work, mathematics to law, University of Denver faculty members bring in millions of dollars each year to conduct research on behalf of federal, state and local governments, as well as corporations and foundations. The money is a boon not just to faculty members, […]

Psychology, biology faculty team up to study brain injuries

Psychology, biology faculty team up to study brain injuries

Kim Gorgens, a clinical associate professor in DU’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology, has been making headlines for years for her research on traumatic brain injury (TBI). Her 2010 TEDxDU talk on youth sports concussions went viral, and she was involved in drafting and supporting the 2011 Jake Snakenberg Youth […]

Annual service-learning trip takes students to Dharamsala

Annual service-learning trip takes students to Dharamsala

Every winter since 2002, a group of DU students has made a trip to Dharamsala, a city in India’s Himalayan region that is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile. International Service Learning (ISL) Dharamsala, one of DU’s longest-running international programs, engages undergraduate and graduate students […]

Annual simulation gives students hands-on experience leading humanitarian efforts

Annual simulation gives students hands-on experience leading humanitarian efforts

The International Humanitarian Crisis Simulation at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies teaches graduate students in international relations, psychology and social work what it’s like to stay cool, calm and effective in the midst of a humanitarian crisis.

Students and faculty find innovative ways to combat homelessness

Students and faculty find innovative ways to combat homelessness

Projects include a nonprofit thrift store, a law-school report on the human cost of camping bans, and a photo project that helps homeless youth tell their stories.

Summer research grants let undergrads pursue their passions

Summer research grants let undergrads pursue their passions

DU’s Undergraduate Research Center awards the summer grants every year — up to $3,500 each for students seeking to complete independent projects in collaboration with their peers and University faculty.