Concordia University Irvine recently announced the winners of its 2019 President’s Academic Showcase which pairs undergraduate students to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor on a research project of their choice.
Winning first place in the junior and senior level—tier one—was junior Josiah Popp of Duvall, Washington who worked with History and Political Thought Professor Dr. Caleb Karges. Popp, a History and Political Thought major, examined the idea of Russian President Vladimir Putin leading the Russian empire back to its roots of the Christian world—Constantinople. Popp received $ 1,500.00 and will be invited to represent Concordia Irvine by presenting his research at an inter-collegiate undergraduate research conference this Fall. This was his second time entering the competition, winning second place in tier two in the 2018 Showcase.