Archived Projects

Undergraduate Research Projects

This page shows a listing of projects that are no longer active. Please click here for current projects

 

  • Using Legal Advice Websites to Analyze Law and Politics in the People's Republic of China

    This project uses Chinese legal advice websites (which function in a manner similar to Quora or Yahoo Answers) as an untapped resources for analyzing the political and legal systems of contemporary China.

    Project Field of Study

    Political Science and International Affairs

    Faculty Mentor

    John Wagner Givens

    • An Analysis of Automated License Plate Reader Legislation

      This project will explore the current state of automated license plate reader (ALPR) legislation in the United States.

      Project Field of Study

      Information Systems

      Faculty Mentor

      Andy Green

      • The NFL Team Effect on Player Career Longevity

        The aim of this project is to use NFL team data to determine if a relationship exists between team statistics, both offensively and defensively, to determine if they play a role in the length of a player's career.

        Project Field of Study

        Statistics and Analytical Sciences

        Faculty Mentor

        Austin Brown

        • How Do You Make HIV/AIDS Messaging Attractive in the Digital Age?

          Multi-disciplinary faculty will supervise a team of both graduate and undergraduate students to explore culturally relevant communication strategies to analyze effective messaging and messaging fatigue of HIV/AIDS prevention among Botswanan youth. Students with an interest in International Relations, Communications, health issues such as HIV/AIDS, and qualitative and/or quantitative research skills are encouraged to apply. 

          Project Field of Study

          School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding, and Development

          Faculty Mentor

          Maia Hallward

          • Data Analysis on Measles Outbreaks in the Phillippines

            The Philippines have declared a major measles outbreak in early 2019. In this study, we will build the epidemiology model to investigate this outbreak. A multi-scale modelling framework, parameterized by weather conditions, human case data, and vector, will be used to examine the seasonal effects and the measles vaccines rate on the effective reproduction number.

            Project Field of Study

            Mathematics

            Faculty Mentor

            Pengcheng Xiao

             

            • Text Relevance and Processing

              This research will explore the impact of a reading motivation intervention on attention, comprehension, and motivation. We will utilize eye-tracking technology in the study.

              Project Field of Study

              Psychology

              Faculty Mentor

              Ordene Edwards

               

              • Academic and Social Belongingness: Does the Format of the First-Year Seminar Format Make a Difference?

                The purpose of this study is to examine whether or not the type of KSU 1101: First-Year Seminar course format impacts the degree to which one of the course learning outcomes (academic and social belongingness) is met.

                Project Field of Study

                First-Year and Transition Studies

                Faculty Mentor

                Deborah N. Smith

                • Making Novel Genetic Lines of Fruit Flies for Research Needs

                  The Bryantsev lab seeks motivated individuals for technical assistance in creating novel transgenic lab strains of Drosophila fruit flies. The participants will learn fly husbandry, microscopy, microinjections, and a lot of basic lab skills.

                  Project Field of Study

                  Molecular & Cellular Biology

                  Faculty Mentor

                  Anton Bryantsev

                  • Android Plugins Development For Detecting Software Vulnerabilities

                    We will design and develop an open source Mobile Secure Software Development API plugin based on FindSecurityBugs for Android Studio IDE which will check your mobile project to detect any untrusted input and output and other security vulnerability to prevent mobile apps from attacks. 

                    This is a paid project from a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant ($10/hr, max 100 hr). 

                    Project Field of Study

                    Information Technology

                    Faculty Mentor

                    Hossain Shahriar

                    • Physical and Mental Effects of Pilates Reformer Training on University Level Modern and Ballet Dancers

                      This pilot research project will collect preliminary data (with five Reformers) measuring the positive impacts of Reformer training on dancer technique, as well as Pilates' potential to increase dancer long-term employability. 

                      Project Field of Study

                      Dance

                      Faculty Mentor

                      Sarah Holmes

                      • The Ethics of Housing - Siegel Institute Ethics Research Scholars (SIERS)

                        The Siegel Institute Ethics Research Scholars (SIERS) program offers a full original research experience to undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty interested in the umbrella research topic of the ethics of housing. 

                        Project Field of Study

                        Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Character

                        Faculty Mentors

                        Crystal Money
                        Linda Johnston

                        • Genetic Research on Heavy Metal Cadmium Toxicity

                          We want to find genes that can make cells resistant to toxic heavy metals, especially cadmium. 

                          Project Field of Study

                          Molecular and Cellular Biology

                          Faculty Mentor

                          Anton Bryantsev

                          • Assessing the Needs of Cobb County Seniors

                            We are currently working with Cobb County Senior Services to collect both quantitative and qualitative data about the current and future needs of older adults living in Cobb County. This project will involve collecting and analyzing data from interviews, focus groups and surveys targeting older adults, their caregivers, and professionals working in the aging field. Once all the data are collected...

                            Project Field of Study

                            Sociology and Criminal Justice

                            Faculty Mentor

                            Evelina Sterling

                            • Digital Art Therapy

                              The undergraduate research assistant will perform a literature review of relevant information concerning art therapy and digital technologies. This information will be compiled and summarized in order to produce content for an edited book on art therapy and digital technologies to be published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Additionally, the research assistant will review submitted manuscrip...

                              Project Field of Study

                              School of Art and Design

                              Faculty Mentor

                              Ricky Garner 

                              • Exploring the Chemistry of a Meteoritic Mineral

                                The meteoritic mineral schreibersite is believed to have played an important role in the phosphorylation of the first biologically important molecules formed on the Early Earth.

                                Project Field of Study

                                Chemistry and Biochemistry

                                Faculty Mentor

                                Heather Abbott-Lyon 

                                • Religious vs. Secular Human Rights Organizations: Discourse, Framing and Action

                                  The study of human rights is dominated by secular voices; however, increasingly the study of international relations recognizes the tension and interplay between the religious and the secular, and the impetus for human rights work has often come from a religious or moral foundation.

                                  Project Field of Study

                                  Political Science and International Affairs, International Conflict Managemet, Interdisciplinary Studies, Foreign Languages

                                  Faculty Mentor

                                  Charity Butcher 

                                  • Story's Motivation Lab

                                    In general, I am interested in motivation in three areas: unconscious motivation (increasing motivation underneath awareness), achievement motivation (mainly intrinsic/extrinsic motivation), and environmental motivation (what gets people to act in environmentally friendly ways). How many projects I have going in each of those areas varies each semester.

                                    Project Field of Study

                                    Psychology

                                    Faculty Mentor

                                    Paul Story 

                                    • The Cellular and Molecular Progression of Mitochondrial Dysfunction Induced by Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether Flamer Retardant (PBDE) Pollutants

                                      When Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring gave a prophetic warning of the deleterious effects of DDT pesticides on organisms and the environment, never did we realize that environmental pollutants would so heavily influence our development and our survival.

                                      Project Field of Study

                                      Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology

                                      Faculty Mentor

                                      Adrienne King 

                                      • The Ethics of Clothing Production and Sales

                                        We are seeking four undergraduate research assistants to join us in exploring the current state of clothing projection, sales, and ethics by examining concerns raised in recent years about the use of sweatshops, child labor, and contracting. The successful applicants will work with two graduate students and faculty to build ethical decision-making models which will help us evaluate the ethical conflicts that arise within the companies and in the industries.

                                        Project Field of Study

                                        Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Character

                                        Faculty Mentor

                                        Serena Newhall 

                                        • The Ethics of Physical Embodiment - Siegel Institute Ethics Research Scholars Fall 2016 Cohort

                                          The Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Character invites students, faculty, and staff to apply for the SIERS Fall 2016 Cohort.

                                          Project Field of Study

                                          Academic Affairs

                                          Faculty Mentor

                                          Crystal Money 

                                          • The Post-Political City: Spaces of Depoliticisation

                                            Seeking students to participate in a research project exploring the post-political city through an economy of jouissance (Žižek). The research approaches a way of thinking that restores philosophy’s useful role in art, politics, and everyday life.

                                            Project Field of Study

                                            Architecture, Digital Writing and Media Arts

                                            Faculty Mentor

                                            Elizabeth Martin-Malikian 

                                            • Towards Understanding the Capability of Spatial Audio Feedback in Virtual Environments for People with Visually Impairments

                                              Virtual Reality (VR) applications have been developed for numerous diverse fields, such as physical rehabilitation, education, and healthcare. Beneficiaries of VR technology include children, the elderly, and persons with physical and mobility impairments.

                                              Project Field of Study

                                              Gaming & Software Engineering

                                              Faculty Mentor

                                              Rongkai Guo 

                                              ©