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Research Projects

The purpose of this website is to help undergraduates find faculty members who are looking for help on research projects. If you see a project you're interested in, simply click on "view full project" to find out more details and then email the faculty member directly.

  • 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
    hshahria@kennesaw.edu 

  • 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

    Dr. Sarah Holmes
    sholme39@kennesaw.edu 

  • 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
    jgiven11@kennesaw.edu 

  • 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
    cmoney@kennesaw.edu 

    Linda Johnston
    ljohnst9@kennesaw.edu 

  • 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
    abryants@kennesaw.edu 

  • 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
    esterlin@kennesaw.edu

  • 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 Mentor 

    Darlene Rodriguez
    drodri30@kennesaw.edu

  • 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
    rgarner@kennesaw.edu

  • 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
    habbott@kennesaw.edu

  • 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
    cbutche2@kennesaw.edu

  • 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
    pstory@kennesaw.edu

  • 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
    aking125@kennesaw.edu

  • 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...

    Project Field of Study

    Inst Lead, Ethics and Char, Dean-College of Business

    Faculty Mentor

    Serena Newhall
    snewhall@kennesaw.edu

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

    Call for Research Scholars, Fall 2016 Cohort Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Character 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
    cmoney@kennesaw.edu

  • 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
    emarti95@kennesaw.edu

  • 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
    rguo@kennesaw.edu

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