Opportunities for Honors Students

Every semester Honors students seek opportunities to earn an Honors Learning Experience (HLE) by assisting faculty in teaching classes or in working on research projects.

Faculty, please let us know of other opportunities for Honors students by clicking here. 

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Students, please review these opportunities and contact the faculty member directly if you’re interested.

  • Type of opportunity: Teaching Assistant for Advanced Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

    Faculty Member: Marina Koether
    College: College of Science & Math

    Seeking:
    Students need to have completed CHEM 2800L.

    Description: 
    The student will be trained on one instrument and one experiment and will be required to train students in CHEM 4310L on the instrument and the one experiment. This training of students will repeat throughout the course. The lab they do will be the same. The labs are two weeks long. The student will be required to have safety training prior to starting. They could be paid if they would want to be paid.

    Duties: 
    Students will train other students on an instrument and experiment. They will ensure that all needed supplies are present and ensure waste is disposed of properly. Students will follow safety procedures.

    Time Commitment: 
    3 hours per week.

    How to find out more:
    Email Marina Koether at mkoether@kennesaw.edu

  • Type of Work: Research Project, Analyzing survey data about using media to grieve loss

    Faculty Member: Chuck Aust
    College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Seeking: 
    Knowledge of how to access and retrieve data from an SPSS data file. A background in psychology or another humanities or social science major could be helpful if the student wanted to also help me analyze the data and write up the data into a manuscript

    Description:
    I was given a chance to submit questions for use in a 1000-respondent omnibus survey done by the Burruss Institute in 2011. They provided me with an SPSS data file of the results.  I am not familiar with how to read it and pull data from it to analyze and write up into a scholarly paper to send away to a journal for possible publication. The questions I asked to have included involved respondent use of media content to help them grieve losses. So I would like to invite an Honors student to go into the data file and help me look at the various kinds of data we have available for analysis.  And put it into a form (such as a Word document or several Word documents) I can refer to outside of the SPSS version of the data.  From that I could more easily pull data in order to draft my manuscript about the study.

    OPTIONAL:

    I would welcome the Honors student to also do some summarizing and analyzing of data and even contribute to the writing, if the student was interested in helping with that too.  A possible co-authorship could result, depending on how much thinking/analyzing and writing the student contributed to a final manuscript to send to a journal.

    Duties:

    Compiling one or more Word documents that includes various data from an SPSS data file of survey responses gathered by the Burruss Institute in 2011.

    1. The most important data are the open-ended comments by survey respondents, so it could include a significant amount of typing, copying, pasting, etc.

    2. If the student is interested, I'd be pleased to have them do some summarizing and analyzing of the data, if they would like to contribute that also.

    3. Beyond that, if the student also wanted to help me write the manuscript and submit it to a journal, I'm open to that too.

    I'd be glad to have help with just part 1, or more, depending on the student's level of interest and availability.

    Time Commitment: 
    Maybe 20 or 30 hours total by the end of the fall 2018 semester.

    How to find out more:
    Please feel free to call or email if you'd like more clarification about the nature of the research I'm trying to do here, or just to talk about it before the student made a decision whether to commit or not.

    Dr. Chuck Aust
    470-578-6730
    caust@kennesaw.edu

  • Type of Opportunity: Research International Conflict Management Textbook

    Faculty Member: Maia Hallward
    College: CHSS

    Seeking: 
    A specific major is not required, but Political Science, International Affairs, Peace Studies, English may be good options. The student must have good writing skills, attention to detail, be self directed.

    Description: 
    Dr. Charity Butcher and I are writing a textbook on International Conflict Management, with contributions from scholars around the world and also other KSU professors. We would like students to examine the chapters to ensure they are formatted correctly and that citations are all done in the appropriate style. If this is done quickly, we may also have opportunity for students to help with gathering resources and/or vignettes for pullout boxes for introductory chapters we are writing for the textbook and/or for a project on religious and secular human rights organizations.

    Duties: 

    • Review chapters as they come in and check them against formatting guidelines and citation style. Make corrections and/or comment notes in track changes to show what needs to be fixed depending on the extent of the changes required. (Primary)
    • Conduct research on international conflict management and/or human rights organizations as directed by the faculty, to find brief examples for pullout boxes.

    Time Commitment: 
    The time will depend on how efficient the student is and how extensive the edits for the chapters are that come in.  This will probably be 1-3 hours per chapter, with some being very fast if all is in good shape and per the style, and some that have not followed directions perhaps taking longer. The research on examples and pullout boxes can take a range of hours but will be done only after the chapter formatting has been completed.

    How to find out more:
    Contact Professor Maia Hallward at mhallwar@kennesaw.edu. Can also come speak to me in my office in the Math and Statistics building, MS 220.

  • Type of opportunity: Research

    Faculty Member: Hoseon Lee
    College: Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering & Engineering Technology

    Seeking: 
    Circuit simulation, PCB layout, App development, Solidworks or AutoCAD for 3D printing.

    Description:
    Currently I have several research projects that are ongoing. If the student is interested in any one of them, I can discuss with student about project in more detail.

    • Microfluidic solenoid for counting white blood cells for patients with low white blood cell count that is at high risk of infection. This project incorporates COMSOL multiphysics simulation, prototyping with 3D printers, circuit design, and collaboration with the cellular and molecular biology department with magnetizing blood cells.
    • Wireless Power Transfer: This is an EPA funded project for designing and implementing a wireless power transfer system to replace power cables with lightweight transmitter and receiver modules to reduce the weight of planes to reduce fuel consumption and emission. This project incorporates circuit design and printed circuit board (PCB) layout and prototyping.
    • Wireless Tracking Device for pets, elderly with Alzheimer's, or children. This project incorporates PCB layout, circuits background, and app design for displaying information on a smartphone. CS students are encouraged for this project.

    Duties:

    • Circuit simulation, building circuits, and conducting PCB layout.
    • Creating 3D CAD models for 3D printing.
    • App design/development to display data from wireless module onto smartphone.
    • Documentation of weekly research work.
    • Midterm and/or Final report and powerpoint presentation.

    Time Commitment: 
    7-8 hours of research in lab plus 1 hour of weekly research meetings.

    How to find out more:
    Email Hoseon Lee at hoseon.lee@kennesaw.edu. More information regarding research can be found at: http://appliedemag.kennesaw.edu

  • Type of Opportunity: Research Project, Physiological responses to a session of CrossFit training

    Faculty Member: Yuri Feito
    College: Wellstar College of Health & Human Services

    Seeking: 
    Interest and/or experience with CrossFit training is preferred. Basic knowledge of Excel and/or other statistical software (e.g. SPSS, SAS, R); ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

    Description:
    I am seeking a student who is interested in CrossFit training and would like to help with analysis of data, literature review, and if interested, manuscript preparation.

    Duties:

    1. Assist research team with project specific data management

    2. Conduct and aid research team with data analysis and interpretation

    3. Review the scientific literature and help with manuscript writing.

    Time Commitment: 
    5-10 hours per week

    How to find out more:
    Students interested in this project should contact Dr. Yuri Feito at yfeito@kennesaw.edu.

  • Type of opportunity: Research, Aging and Physical Functioning

    Faculty Member: Garrett Hester
    College: WellStar College of Health & Human Services

    Seeking:
    Exercise Science major or Exercise Science interest

    Description: We conduct aging studies that aim to explain why older adults have reduced muscle strength, balance performance, and walking speed. We measure parameters such as muscle strength and power, muscle size, body composition, and other measures of physical performance.

    Duties: 
    Assist with collection of data using laboratory equipment such as an ultrasound, body composition analyzer, and strength testing apparatus
    Processing of data in custom software programs and Excel
    Perform literature reviews of particular exercise physiology topics
    Assist with research abstracts to be completed at conferences

    Time commitment: 2-5 hours per week

    How to find out more: ghester4@kennesaw.edu

  • Type of opportunity: Community service

    Faculty Member: Katherine Ingram
    College:
    Wellstar College of Health & Human Services

    Description: KSU for FitKids
    This position is to assist in the development of a community outreach program that leads and encourages children in the community to become active.

    Seeking:
    All majors are welcome. Student must have excellent communication skills and enjoy working with children.  

    Duties:
    The student will work both independently and with other students and faculty to develop a fun educational program that can be taken to area elementary schools. The student will write a program for children, help build a website, and communicate with community partners.

    Time Commitment:
    8-10 hours per week

    How to find out more:
    Please email kingra14@kennesaw.edu

  • Type of opportunity: Research

    Faculty Member: Katherine Ingram
    College: WellStar College of Health & Human Services

    Description: The relationships among abdominal obesity, physical activity, and metabolic health
    This position is to assist in the organization and presentation of data from a research study to assess the relationships among abdominal obesity, physical activity, and metabolic health.

    Seeking:
    An exercise science, biology, or chemistry student would be ideal for this opportunity, though others with interest will be considered. Student should have excellent communication skills and an interest in presenting.

    Duties:
    The student will work both independently and with other students and faculty to organize data and develop projects for presentation.

    Time Commitment:
    8-10 hours per week

    How to find out more:
    Please send email to kingra14@kennesaw.edu

  • Type of opportunity: Research

    Faculty Member: Jeanne Bohannon
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences

    Description: #ATLStudentMovement: Recovering the People, Places and Events of a Civil Rights Movement that Changed the Nation

    The Atlanta Student Movement Project is a research project funded by a generous grant from the Rich Foundation, conducted by Kennesaw State University undergraduate and graduate students, and led by Dr. Jeanne Law Bohannon (KSU English Department) along with Dr. Lonnie King, the project's senior community partner. The oral histories in this collection represent the goal of the project: uncovering and preserving the history of Atlanta sit-ins and student protests that were pivotal in the success of the Student Movement, the Civil Rights movement, and the history of the city of Atlanta as a whole. Videos and transcripts in this collection have been archived at the KSU Archives.

    Seeking:
    Communications (MENT, New media, Journalism, PR)
    English (archival research)
    IT (website design)

    Duties: 
    I seek a student researcher to assist in data collection for this IRB-approved project for duties that include: website content curation and creation; oral history recording; transcribing oral histories; remixing oral histories into educational and public digital content (podcasts, videos).

    Time Commitment:
    Flexible, depending on availability. 5-15 hours per week.

    How to find out more:
    Please contact Jeanne Law Bohannon, jbohan12@kennesaw.edu, with email stating interest, major, and any relevant experience.

  • Type of opportunity:
    I have several internship/community-engaged opportunities that might be of interest.

    Faculty Member: Lara Smith-Sitton
    College: Humanities & Social Sciences

    Description: Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from an Atlanta High School
    Throughout the year, I have several opportunities that can connect students to community-engaged projects for research and/or practicums that can support capstone projects. This project would allow a student to participate in an internship/community engagement project with a variety of writing, research, and engagement components related to topics around immigration, refugees, English language learning, and storytelling.

    Seeking:
    I am looking for an honors student with experience or interest in learning more about how storytelling and writing (as well as editing and publishing) can serve as an important tool for sharing knowledge about the unique experiences of immigrants and refugees. The student needs strong writing skills, oral communication abilities, and basic research experience. A student interested in creative writing or storytelling for creative nonfiction or nonfiction genres as well as digital storytelling or how stories serve organizations (corporate and nonprofit) are important facets this work.

    Duties:
    Editing and writing.
    Scholarly research and support for a substantive research project measuring impact of storytelling.
    Assisting with special events.

    Time Commitment:
    There is a good amount of flexibility here for this project--for a formal internship, this student could enroll in English 3398 and engaged 12-15 hours per week. For a community engaged project, we could adjust the hours in line with project design.

    How to find out more:
    Email Dr. Lara Smith-Sitton (lsmith11@kennesaw.edu)

  • Type of opportunity: Research

    Faculty Member: Ulrike Ingram
    College: CHSS

    Seeking: 
    Geography, GIS, biology, history, education, architecture

    Description: 
    I have a few topics a student could work on.

    Duties: 
    Depends on the specific project. Possibly historic research related to the history of ksu and the ksu farm. Modeling water run off at the farm. Tree identifications at the arboretum and data collection.

    Time Commitment:
    3 hours a week for 1 semester.

    How to find out more:
    Email uingram@kennesaw.edu

  • Type of opportunity: Teaching INTS 1198 or 2298

    Faculty Member:
    Kate Schaab
    College: University College

    Description:
    Serve as a peer instructor for either INTS 1198 (Intro to Integrative Studies) or INTS 2298 (Research Methods). Depending upon the goals and interests of the individual, the student can assist with lesson prep, facilitating a classroom discussion, or offering support to small groups in class. 

    Seeking:
    Open to all majors, but a background in Integrative or Interdisciplinary Studies would be helpful. Additionally, a student who has taken INTS 1198 or a research methods class would be a good fit.

    Duties:
    Meeting with faculty to understand structure and goals of course, attending class meetings, and designing/implementing a classroom-based project that meets your goals and needs (e.g. giving a brief lecture or designing a lesson plan). 

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per week 

    How to find out more: Email kschaab@kennesaw.edu

  • Type of opportunity: Research

    Faculty Member:
    Eric Stachura
    College:
    College of Science & Mathematics

    Description:
    Derivation of the Eikonal equation for wave propagation in piezoelectric materials
    The student will study acoustic wave propagation in piezoelectric materials. In particular, the student will show how to obtain the Eikonal equation from the set of equations which govern acoustic waves in piezoelectric materials. The student will explore some basic properties of nonlinear differential equations which arise in mathematical physics.

    Seeking:
    Math, physics, or engineering major preferred. The student should have a strong background in linear algebra and differential equations. No previous exposure to piezoelectric materials necessary. Students who have had exposure to partial differential equations are especially welcome.

    Duties:
    Deriving in detail the Eikonal equation from the pair of differential equations that govern acoustic wave propagation in piezoelectric materials. The student will need strong algebra skills to derive this equation. If time, the student can explore solvability of the Eikonal equation that they derive.

    Time Commitment:
    5 hours per week, but flexible.

    How to find out more:
    Email Dr. Stachura at estachur@kennesaw.edu

  • Type of opportunity: Research

    Faculty Member: Tsai-Tien Tseng
    College: College of Science & Mathematics

    Description: Bioinformatics - Metagenomics, Molecular Evolution and High Performance Computing

    Several projects are available. Here are some examples:

    • Metagenomic studies for food safety
    • Molecular evolution of membrane transporters
    • GPU accelerated discovery in bioinformatics
    • Linux distribution for bioinformatics
    • Bioinformatics in cloud-based high performance computing
    • IT infrastructure for bioinformatics

    Seeking:

    • Biology
    • Biochemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Information Technology
    • Or anyone interested in the computational aspects of biology
    • GPA 3.0 or above

    *Multiple semester commitment preferred

    Duties: Vary. Here are some examples:

    • Learn the basics of bioinformatics
    • Conduct literature searches
    • Perform analysis of available genomic data
    • Maintain databases and other software

    Student is required to:

    • Meet with faculty mentor on regular basis to learn various techniques
    • Maintain constant engagement to the project
    • Attend and present at conferences when needed

    Time Commitment:
    Varies based on student level. Likely start off with a few hours per week.

    How to find out more:
    E-mail ttseng@kennesaw.edu 

  • Type of opportunity: Research

    Faculty Member: Harry Price
    College: College of the Arts

    Seeking: 
    I think that students in mathematics are probably best for this. At least some understanding of statistics would be helpful.

    Description:
    The goal will be to collate the data for analyses and sort out the best analysis to relate these results. After that, the study will be written up for presentation at an International conference in April and submission for publication.

    Duties:
    Learn the rationale for the study.  After that analyzing the data or if unprepared to do that, work with me as I do it and discuss the rationales.  Besides the physical work, we will discuss the analyses and sort out the best way to present the data. Again, depending on skill level, could write the results up initially.  If the student is strong, s/he will be a co-author with me and my colleague at another university.

    Time Commitment: 
    I am guessing 2-4 hours a week, depending on the level of contribution.

    How to find out more:
    Email Harry Price at hprice8@kennesaw.edu or call 470-578-3496 and if I do not answer, I will return the call or email within 24 hours.

  • Type of opportunity: Research, Trends in Police Shootings and Line of Duty Deaths

    Faculty Member: LeAnn Cabage
    College:
    Humanities & Social Sciences

    Description:
    I am looking for a student that can work through the Fatal Encounters database and transfer the information to an Excel document based on my guidance. The data will then be used to create a trend analysis of police shootings recorded in the data base. The information will be presented at a national conference and I will be looking towards publication of the material.

    Seeking:
    I am looking for someone with a background in criminal justice, sociology, or someone with an interest in police shootings. A basic knowledge of Excel is helpful, but I can train the individual how to format the sheet. Someone with a basic knowledge of SPSS also would be helpful as the information will eventually be put into a SPSS file, but this is not a requirement.

    Duties:
    The student will work through the Fatal Encounters data base and transfer this information to an Excel spreadsheet in the format provided by me.

    Time Commitment:
    I would estimate probably 10 hours a week.

    How to find out more:
    An interested student may contact me via email at lcabage@kennesaw.edu

  • Type of opportunity: Research Project, National Study of Catholic Campus Ministry

    Faculty Member: Brian Starks
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences

    Seeking: 
    Sociology (could be in other social science fields, as long as they are familiar with sociology; ideal candidate would already have taken a research methods course but not absolutely necessary)

    Description:
    Sociological Research on Catholic Campus Ministry--I have already collected national survey data on Catholic campus ministers (in 2017) and transcribed qualitative in-depth interviews with about 45 of them around the U.S. (in summer of 2018). I wrote a summary report on the survey results for the U.S. Catholic Bishops, and I will present on this report at a conference with them in November. However, I would like to analyze the data for a sociological audience and submit at least 2 manuscripts to sociological peer-reviewed journals. The student would be a part of the exploratory research to prepare to write these articles and could potentially be a second author on papers coming out of this research.

    Duties:
    Conducting literature reviews, analyzing qualitative interviews, exploring survey data--would involve one weekly meeting with Professor.

    Time Commitment: 
    3-9 hours per week.

    How to find out more:
    Email bstarks3@kennesaw.edu.

  • Type of opportunity: Research

    Faculty Member: Evelina Sterling
    College: College of Humanities & Social Science

    Description:
    I do quite a bit of research on public health issues and behavioral sciences. I have variety of active research projects targeting public health issues, including opioid use, rural health, women's health, and gerontology.

    Seeking:
    Any major is fine. Research skills are needed, either quantitative (statistics) or qualitative (behavioral science research including interviewing and/or focus groups_).

    Duties:
    Designing data collection instruments; collecting data; analyzing data; writing literature reviews

    Time Commitment:
    I am very flexible in terms of time commitment. Most of my students work around 5-10 hours a week depending on project and expectations/requirements from student.

    How to find out more:
    Email: Dr. Evelina Sterling at esterlin@kennesaw.edu

 See also http://research.kennesaw.edu/our/students/research-projects/index.php for research opportunities.

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