As students on both the undergraduate and graduate levels progress through their programs of study, they learn about the process of conducting research in their major discipline. Capstone experiences in all fields as well as the Honors Program provide opportunities for independent scholarship projects.

On the undergraduate level, the University offers a formal program that crosses all disciplines and helps match student and faculty interests. At the end of the year, multiple venues are offered for students to present their work. Also, many faculty invite outstanding students to participate in their own professional research programs. Faculty-undergraduate student teams can apply for financial support during the summer months through a competitive grant program sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences.

Graduate students (and some outstanding undergraduate students) are often invited to join a research team led by a faculty member. These projects frequently lead to peer-reviewed publications and presentations at professional meetings, with students receiving full recognition for their contributions to the work.

The following is a sampling of some of our undergraduates’ recent research project topics:

  • Southern Writers and Their Worlds
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Equilateral Nickel Triangular Complexes
  • The Effects of Mood on Cognitive Performance
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis—Characteristics of the Disease and the Relationship between Anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor Medications and the Body Cell Mass of Rheumatoid Patients
  • Russian Roulette: East and West in Russian Literature and Culture
  • Brain Damage in Rodent Models of Binge Drinking
  • Infant Perception of Maternal Affect
  • Graphical Problems and Maple Algorithms
  • Racial Segregation and Displacement in Colombia
  • Fan Web sites and their Creators
  • The Role of Social Work in the Inner-City Catholic Church
  • Light Wave 3D Modeling and Animation
  • The Use and Effectiveness of Terrorist Bombings in Warfare, 1970–2010
  • Data Mining of Community Data Using the Nearest Neighbor Approach and Machine Learning
  • Identity Torn—American Cultural and National Identity issues in Literature Arising out of the Japanese Internment and the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution
  • Variations and Applications of an Extension of the (Strong) Rainbow Connection of a Graph
  • Andy Warhol and the Campbell’s Soup Can
  • A Molecular Probe for Mass Spectral Analysis of Protein Folding
  • Effectiveness and Efficiency of Embedding and Distributing Constant Time Delay Procedures Across Instructional Times as well as Transition Times
  • Role of the Vasodilator-stimulated Phosphorprotein in Enteropathogenic E. coli Induced Actin Pedestal Formation
  • Beyond Assault, the Many Faces of Intimate Partner Abuse
  • Small Molecule Structural and Functional Mimics of the Active Site Nickel Superoxide Dismutase