Current Research Projects

 
The purpose of this page is to help undergraduates find faculty members who are looking for help on research projects. If you see a project you're interested in, click on "learn more" to find out the project details and then email the faculty member directly.  You can find archived projects by clicking here
 
  • STEM Peer Augmented Success & Support (STEM-PASS)-Using TI-Robotic Kits and EEG-enhanced Brain Augmented Technology Research

    The Brain Augmented Technology BAT aspect of this study will research event-related potentials (ERPs) which reflect the electrical activity of neurons that underlie cognitive and sensory processing. Our EEG and ERPs laboratory will enhance our ability to investigate the neural processes underlying, for example, attention, memory, inhibition, and language. The  in-house EEG  systems have high performance  relative  to  other systems.

    The supplied Texas Instrument Robotics System Kit will help students to: Learn software development methodology: Understand how to set up an Integrated Development Environment (IDE): Learn import and export Code Composer Studio (CCS) projects: Learn critical debugging information of memory usage and performance of the software on the TI-RSLK processor: and Learn to create a control system by combining the sensors with the actuators.

    Project Field of Study

    Electrical & Computer Engineering

    Faculty Mentors

    Dr. Cyril OKHIO
    Dr. Ted Grosch
    Dr. Austin Asgill
    Dr. Max North

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity In The Field Of Population Genetics

    Population genetics deals with genetic differences within and between populations and is a part of evolutionary biology. It is used to detect genetic diseases and genetic risk factors for multifactorial diseases, understand diseases using insights obtained from genetic risk factors and treat diseases using these insights.   Theoretical population genetics bridges mathematics and evolutionary biology. The corner stone of  population genetics is the Kingman coalescent. Using a new calculus, fractional calculus, we introduced the modified version of Kingman coalescent, which we call fractional coalescent. In this research, you will learn how by using  Kingman's coalescent and fractional coalescent we could identify and understand the forces that produce and maintain genetic variation in populations. 

    Project Field of Study

    Mathematics

    Faculty Mentor

    Dr. Somayeh Mashayekhi

  • Maternal Reprogramming of Cellular Memory at Fertilization

    Students will be trained in genetics, bioinformatics, and cytological techniques as they investigate mechanisms that underlie maternal epigenetic reprogramming at fertilization.

    Project Field of Study

    Molecular and Cellular Biology

    Faculty Mentor

    Dr. Brandon Carpenter

  • Paths to Purpose among Marginalized Older Adults

    Older adulthood is often still characterized as a time of loss and decline. Research grounded in the lifespan perspective of developmental psychology, however, provides evidence that older adults also experience gains and can experience resilient aging despite late life challenges. This project is guided by a life story approach and the resilient aging perspective. Specifically, one way which older adults may experience resilient aging is through reflecting on memories of challenges from their life story with a sense of purpose. Most previous work in this area has focused on older adults who identify as middle-class or higher and often have access to resources that may support the development or maintenance of their purpose.  

    Project Field of Study

    Psychology

    Faculty Mentor

    Dr. Shubam Sharma

  • Monitoring bird-building collisions on campus: Project Safe Flight Georgia (Georgia Audubon)

    Birds are vital to our everyday lives. They pollinate, they disperse seeds, they devour pests, and they bring us great joy and inspiration. However, birds are in trouble. While they face many pressures, one that is present on Kennesaw State University's campus is that of collisions with structures.  Between 365 million and 1 billion birds are estimated to perish each year from colliding with buildings in the United States, the 3rd leading cause of avian death. Bright lights at night, shiny glass exteriors, and transparent facades can be deadly as birds struggle determining what is and isn't a clear pathway during flight.

    Project Field of Study

    Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology

    Faculty Mentor

    Dr. Sarah Guindre- Parker

  • Assessing Potential Biomarkers for Postoperative Delirium

    This project will assay potential biomarkers in blood samples drawn from postoperative patients who are assessed for delirium, for a project funded by the American Association of Clinical Care Nurses. Students who work on this project will process the blood samples and perform ELISA assays for a potential biomarker in patient blood.  Data from the ELISA assays will be used to determine any association between the potential biomarker and postoperative delirium. 

    Project Field of Study

    Nursing

    Molecular and Cellular Biology

    Psychology

    Faculty Mentors

    Dr. Doreen Wagner

    Dr. Susan M.E. Smith

    Dr. Sharon Pearcey

  • A Stride Towards Healthy Populations: A Mixed-Methods Study of Population Health Content in Prelicensure Nursing Curricular

    This exploratory sequential mixed methods study aims to investigate the extent to which population health content is integrated into prelicensure nursing curricula in the United States.

    Project Field of Study

    Nursing

    Faculty Mentors

    Dr. Modupe Adewuyi

    Dr. M'Lyn Spinks

  • Impact of Clinical Experiential Approaches During COVID-19 Pandemic on Pre-licensure Student Nurses' Dementia Care Competence

    This is a sequential explanatory mixed-method designed study. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the efficacy of the clinical experiential approaches being used by nursing programs during the COVID-19 pandemic with respect to pre-licensure nursing students' dementia care knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

    Project Field of Study

    Nursing

    Faculty Mentors

    Dr. Modupe Adewuyi
    Dr. Kathleen Morales
     
  • The Civil Society, Identity, and Global Action Research Hub

    The faculty members are involved in a longer term research project looking at the intersections of research, activism, and policy making related to human rights, peace, and development and various aspects of identity, including religion and ethnicity.

    Project Fields of Study

    School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding, and Development
    School of Government and International Affairs

    Faculty Mentors

    Maia Hallward
    Charity Butcher
     
  • An Exploration of Leaders' Responses to Grief and Loss

    The COVID-19 pandemic has systemically peeled back the layers of our ways of life and
    exposed the most delicate parts of our society. With the immense losses experienced of loved ones, jobs, and daily activities, there is an increased importance to understand the ways in which faculty, staff, students, and community members are navigating the various dimensions of grief and loss. 

    Project Field of Study

    Educational Leadership

    Faculty Mentor

    Chinasa Elue

  • Detecting Faults in Solar Photovoltaic Power Systems

    Solar Photovoltaic power systems utilize sun light to generate electric power. They have been replacing traditional fossil fuel-based power plants at an increasing rate. Recently, several unexpected fire incidents that damaged solar PV systems in US raised reliability, safety, and efficiency concerns. Subsequent investigations attributed the fire incidents to faults occurring within solar PV systems via accidental connections of parts of a system to ground.

    Project Field of Study

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Faculty Mentor

    Yousef Mahmoud

  • Confined Collective Migration of Breast Cancer Cells of Different Clinical Subtypes (Mechanical Engineering, Math, Biology, and Art)

    Cells utilize different mechanisms to migrate based on the microenvironments the cells reside in: on two-dimensional surfaces, cell migration is mostly driven by actin polymerization; in confined spaces, it can be driven by water permeation, which comes from polarized distribution of membrane ion channels and directional ion fluxes across the cell. We will study collective migration of breast cells with both mathematical and experimental approaches, along with a component of artwork, and have openings for undergraduate researchers. 

    Project Fields of Study

    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Department of Mathematics
    Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
    School of Art and Design

    Faculty Mentors

    Yizeng Li
    Glenn Young
    Eric Albrecht
    Craig Brasco

  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

    The Center for Machine Vision and Security Research (CMVSR) is pursuing innovative research projects falling in the areas of machine vision, pattern recognition, machine learning, convolutionary neural networks (CNN), artificial intelligence, and evolutionary computation.

    Project Field of Study

    Computer Science

    Faculty Mentor

    Chih-Cheng Hung

  • Relationships Among Obesity, Physical Activity, and Maternal Metabolic Health

    Our interdisciplinary research team studies the influence of abdominal fat, physical activity/inactivity, diet, and other factors on metabolic health and risk for diabetes. This is an ideal program for students planning future graduate school in healthcare-related fields. Student assistants on our team gain experience with all parts of research—from planning studies and acquiring approvals to working directly with human participants and biological samples in the laboratory.

    Project Field of Study

    Exercise Science and Sport Management

    Faculty Mentor

    Katherine Ingram

  • Statistical Analysis & Data Visualization of a Data Set of 1600 Survey Results Measuring Work Related Burnout Using the Copenhagen Burnout Inventory (CBI)

    Need a statistical analysis of 1600 responses to the Copenhagen Burnout Inventory (CBI), which is an instrument with high validity and reliability. Using Excel and SPSS this statistical analysis would be part of a submission to a peer related journal. Specifically, need Chronbachs alpha for internal reliability, skewness, means, standard deviations, and multivariate outliers.

    Project Field of Study

    Statistics, Psychology

    Faculty Mentor

    Barbara A. Wood

  • A Comprehensive Approach to Support the Requirements Analyst Before, During, and After Requirements Elicitation Interviews

    Requirements engineering is the set of activities concerned with determining and communicating the expectations for a new or modified product, and the contexts in which it will be used. Requirements elicitation, i.e., the practice of collecting these features, called requirements, is the first of these activities and is recognized as a critical and difficult stage in the development of software systems. Among the available elicitation techniques, interviews with stakeholders are the most commonly used in practice. However, a comprehensive approach to improve the effectiveness and the quality of requirements elicitation interviews has not been studied yet. This research aims at filling this gap by providing a set of novel techniques and tools to support the analyst before, during, and after the interview.

    Project Field of Study

    Software Engineering and Game Design

    Faculty Mentor

    Paola Spoletini

  • Atlanta's Immigrant Crossroads: Untapped Potential or Utilized Promise for Newcomer Integration

    Recently several municipalities in the Atlanta area have declared themselves “welcoming cities” to immigrants and refugees. Atlanta is a new immigrant gateway destination and a region at the crossroads of receptivity (Singer, Hardwick, and Brettel, 2008).

    Project Field of Study

    Geography & Anthropology, Social Work and Human Services

    Faculty Mentors 

    Paul McDaniel
    Darlene Rodriguez

 

 

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