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. 

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

  • Type of opportunity: Research

    Faculty Member: Rick Garner
    College: College of the Arts

    Seeking: Psychology, Social Work, Education, Nursing, Art, Computer Science, and others

    This project involves work on the production of an edited book on the use of digital arts media (i.e. iPad, apps, video, gaming, etc.) for students with special needs. Research for this project will involve both literature reviews and conducting research surveys. This information will be compiled, analyzed and summarized in order to produce content for the edited book. Additionally, the Honor Student will possibly co-author a chapter and review submitted manuscripts for grammatical errors and adherence to APA format.


    • Perform reviews of literature in the following categories:
      • Context of Technology in Visual Arts and Culture: Digital Culture
      • Digital Capabilities in the Visual Arts: New Media, 3D Printing
      • Current Applications of Digital Technologies for Special Needs: Apps, Virtual Worlds, Video; Ethical Issues and Future Possibilities for Digital Technologies in Special Education
      • Technology and Apps in Medicine and Mental Health
    • Review submitted manuscripts for grammatical errors and adherence to APA format.
    • Research and writing for co-authored book chapter.

    Time Commitment: To be determined

    How to find out more: Email Dr. Garner at rgarner@kennesaw.edu

  • Type of Opportunity: Research - 3D imaging and printing for archaelogical artifacts

    Faculty Member: Dr. Philip Kiernan

    New technology and software is increasingly being used to help document, preserve and present the remains of the past. In this project, students will help improve our capacity to use this technology to document archaeological artifacts, including some ancient bronze objects currently on loan to KSU from the Buffalo Museum of Science. The student will be asked to scan and produce 3D models of several objects over the course of the year using different techniques, tools, and software, and to document the process to other team members. By creating printable 3D models with a combination of scanners and photogrammetric software, the student will improve the capacity of School of Art and Design (SOAAD) to engage in this kind of activity in the long term. This is a superb opportunity both to gain some experience in the cultural heritage sector, and to obtain some cutting edge technical skills.

    Students interested in this project should be comfortable working with computers, both PC and MAC. Knowledge of programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, AutoCAD, Fusion360, etc. is helpful, but not essential. Students in Architecture, Engineering, and Computer Science are particularly welcome, but interested students in any field may also apply. Students should be able and prepared both to work independently and under supervision, both in the 3d scanning lab of the Visual Arts building and on their own.

    The project will require students to spend time each week:
    -Familiarizing themselves with relevant software packages
    -Reading manuals / taking online tutorials for relevant software packages.
    -Writing brief reports / make brief presentations on software and techniques.
    -Handling archaeological objects
    -Cooperating with faculty and staff in the 3d scanning lab.
    -Arranging appointments and times with various stakeholders, including museums, faculty and a staff

    How to find out more: Dr. Philip Kiernan, School of Art & Design, pkierna1@kennesaw.edu

  • Type of Opportunity: Online Tutoring

    Faculty Member: Dr. Cristen Dutcher
    College: Coles College of Business

    Expected Start Date: 8/17/20
    Expected Completion Date: 12/15/20

    Faculty Project or Course: BLAW 2200: The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business

    Student will digitally help peers currently taking BLAW 2200 by answering questions about BLAW content, discussing study strategies and tips for success in BLAW 2200, and providing encouragement and support to peers.

    Any business major, must have completed BLAW 2200 with A or B final grade, BLAW Minor if possible, good communicator, reliable

    Student will digitally help peers currently taking BLAW 2200 by answering questions about BLAW content, discussing study strategies and tips for success in BLAW 2200, and providing encouragement and support to peers.

    Time Commitment: Anticipating no more than 8-10 hours during the whole semester.

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

  • Type of Opportunity: Optimizing accessibility and organization of online content

    Faculty Member: Dr. Marina Koether
    College: College of Science and Math

    Expected Start Date: 8/15/20
    Expected Completion Date: 12/5/20

    Faculty Project or Course: Teaching Assistant in Chemistry 1 Lecture

    The teaching assistant will answer questions from general chemistry 1 Students about general chemistry content. They will hold virtual office hours. They will document the key areas where students have difficulty.

    An Honors student who has completed General Chemistry II with an A.

    Documentation of key difficult areas of chemistry.
    Virtual Office hours.
    Answer chemistry questions from students.

    Time Commitment: 6 hours per week.

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

  • Type of Opportunity: Optimizing accessibility and organization of online content

    Faculty Member: Dr. Rajnish Singh
    College: College of Science and Math

    Expected Start Date: 8/17/20
    Expected Completion Date: 12/17/20

    Faculty Project or Course: Chem 1211 ONLINE

    The teaching assistant will be responsible for making sure that all the content for chem 1211 is compliant with KSU's accessibility guidelines.

    Preferably a science major - biology, chemistry or biochemistry preferred.
    With good computing and organization skills.

    1. Know the accessibility rules for KSU
    2. Gather all online chem 1211 content and check for accessibility.
    3. Modify as required.
    4. Organize all instructional videos created by instructor and make sure that they are all close captioned correctly.
    5. Optimize this process - so if faculty is creating new content, the procedure has been documented and is easy to follow.

    Time Commitment: 2 hours per week.

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

  • Type of Opportunity: Teaching

    Faculty Member: Dr. Sanjeev Adhikari
    College: Architecture and Construction Management

    Expected Start Date: 5/11/20
    Expected Completion Date: 4/28/21

    Faculty Course or Project:
    Synergy of BIM application

    BIM 3D model has created a based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct and manage buildings and infrastructure. BIM 3D As-Builts model is processed by laser scanning and ground penetration radar (GPR) conversions. BIM 3D has the capability of animations, renderings, and walkthroughs of the existing model
    BIM 4D is BIM 3D plus construction sequencing or scheduling. Integrating BIM with 4D simulation models bring benefits to participants in terms of planning optimization. Contractors can optimize their construction activities and team coordination. BIM 4D would analyze a) project phasing simulations, b) lean scheduling, and c) just in time (JIT) at this project.
    BIM 5D is 3D plus schedule plus cost. BIM 5D would analyze a) real-time conceptual modeling and cost planning, b) Quantity extraction to support detailed cost estimates and c) Trade Verifications from fabrication Models and d) value engineering at this project.
    BIM 6D is 3D plus schedule plus cost plus sustainability. BIM 6D would analyze a) conceptual energy analysis b) detailed energy analysis c) Sustainable element tracking and d) LEED tracking at this project.
    BIM 7D has a facility management application. BIM 7D is 3D plus schedule plus cost plus sustainability plus project life-cycle management information. BIM 7D would analyze a) life cycle BIM strategies, b) BIM As-Builts, c) BIM embedded O&M manuals, and d) data population and extraction at this project.

    Architecture students
    Construction Management students 
    Civil Engineering students

    Literature Review
    Working on BIM software
    Analyze Data
    Writing proposal

    Time Commitment: 6 months to one year

    How to find out more: Email Dr. Adhikari at sadhika3@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.

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

    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.

    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.

    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: Dr. Paul McDaniel
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences

    I have a variety of ongoing projects exploring the intersections among the causes, processes, and implications of immigration in urban regions. Specifically, these projects focus on processes of immigrant settlement, adjustment, integration, and receptivity in cities and metropolitan areas using mixed-methods, qualitative, and community-based participatory research methods. Project study areas range from the local Atlanta region, to the southeastern United States, to the U.S. as a whole, and to an international focus.

    Any major is fine. Research skills are needed, either quantitative (statistics) or qualitative or mixed-methods. Good organizational and communication skills are helpful.

    Depending on the particular project, duties might include surveying relevant literature and preparing an annotated bibliography; writing an initial literature review; collecting, organizing, and analyzing quantitative data sets; exploring qualitative data sets for emerging themes and writing about those themes; and helping with preparing and editing manuscripts based on analysis of data that will eventually be submitted for peer-review with scholarly journals.

    Time Commitment: I am very flexible regarding time commitment depending on project focus and student interest.

    How to find out more: Email Dr. Paul McDaniel at paul.mcdaniel@kennesaw.edu or visit his website at http://facultyweb.kennesaw.edu/pmcdan11/

  • Type of Opportunity: Research

    Faculty Member: Dr. Ben Taylor
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences

    Expected Start Date: 8/17/20
    Expected Completion Date: 12/4/20

    CHSS Faculty Research Grant

    Any agendamelding study relies on content analysis of social media posts and traditional media messages. As the present study aims to study opinion formation on the issue of SARS-CoV-2, Dr. Minooie will develop a list of terms and hashtags that describe SARS-CoV-2 to collect tweets from May 1st, 2020 to August 1st, 2020 using a python script. Under direction of Dr. Benjamin Taylor, a student will collect traditional media stories discussing SARS-CoV-2. For the purpose of the present study the top three newspapers in the United States with the highest circulation (i.e. The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal) as well as broadcasts by the top three rated news channels (e.g. Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC) will be sampled during the same period.

    Willingness to learn new skills, interest in media and political communication, computer and application literacy.

    Gathering media sources, coding, data analysis (under supervision), and literature review.

    Time Commitment: 3 - 5 hours per week.

    How to find out more: Email Dr. Ben Taylor: jtayl369@kennesaw.edu 

  • Type of opportunity: IS 3020 - Developing Raspberry Pi Activities - merging the physical and digital with Python

    Faculty Member: Dr. Dominic Thomas
    College: Coles College of Business

    The student will work with me to experiment with Raspberry Pi computers and make tutorials to be used in class. The work will build on an initial example activity I have developed and tested in class in which students build an interactive piece of hardware and control it with Python within a 1 hour timeperiod. The goal will be to develo a set of 2-4 more activities to extend that learning into more sophisticated applications involving perhaps sensors and real-world business prototyping - perhaps even 3D printing of cases for example.

    I am open to any sort of Honors student, but I would prefer one who is very curious about technology and excited to explore emerging technology. Knowledge of Python, Raspberry Pi, and other programming related skills would be a bonus.

    Brainstorming potential activities.
    Selecting ideas to pursue in conjunction with me.
    Pursuing developing those activities by:
    • Searching for existing examples and demonstrating them
    • Developing modifications to those demos and documenting them
    • Writing instruction sheets and perhaps recording videos showing how to do the tasks involved
    • Testing the activity with students in class and refining the materials based on observations and feedback

    Time Commitment: 80 hours/semester

    How to find out more: Email Dr. Thomas at dthom310@kennesaw.edu

  • Type of Opportunity: Teaching

    Faculty Member: Dr. Kate Schaab
    College: University College

    Expected Start Date: Beginning of Fall 2020 Semester
    Expected Completion Date: End of Fall 2020 Semester

    Faculty Project or Course: INTS 2298: Research Methods

    Serve as a peer instructor for INTS 2298 (Research Methods). Depending upon the goals and interests of the individual, the student can assist with lesson prep, facilitate a classroom discussion/activity, or offer support to small groups in class. For fall 2020, this course is scheduled as a hybrid and will meet 2-3:15 on Thursdays on the Kennesaw campus.

    Open to all majors, but a background in Integrative or Interdisciplinary Studies would be helpful. Additionally, a student who has taken INTS 2298 or a research methods class would be a good fit.

    Meet with me prior to the first day of class to discuss the structure and goals of the course, prepare for and attend weekly class sessions, meet with me (bi/weekly) for course prep, and design/implement a classroom-based project that meets your goals and needs (e.g. giving a brief lecture, facilitating an activity, or designing a lesson plan).

    Time Commitment: 3-4 hours/week

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

  • Type of opportunity: Teaching - International Marketing

    Faculty Member: Mona Sinha
    College: Coles College of Business

    Student will gain experience in how faculty sets up a new course on D2L and collates teaching material. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about different cultures and countries in the process of finding interesting marketing examples and case studies to use in class.

    Open to all majors. Seeking a student who is motivated to learn.

    Research to find interesting online content such as news articles, videos about other countries. Learning how to set up a course on D2L.

    Time Commitment: 2-4 hours a week. Flexible based on students' availability.

    How to find out more: Email msinha1@kennesaw.edu

  • Type of opportunity: Research

    Faculty Member:
    Eric Stachura
    College of Science & Mathematics

    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.

    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.

    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: Min Wang
    College: College of Science & Mathematics

    Description: Data-driven traffic anomalies detection
    The project is to develop mathematical models to detect traffic anomalies by data analysis. Through this project, the students will develop hand-on data analytic skills and python/matlab programming experience. They will also learn how to apply the math knowledge to handle real world problems.

    Students from all STEM majors are welcome. But the preference will be given to students with strong background in programming/mathematics/statistics.

    Time Commitment: 
    The expected work load will be 10 hours/week on average. But it can be adjusted based on student's schedule.

    How to find out more:
    Email: mwang23@kennesaw.edu

  • Type of opportunity: Teaching

    Faculty Member: Ayse Tekes
    College: Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

    Expected Start Date: 8/17/20
    Expected Completion Date: 12/30/20

    Faculty Project or Course: Grading Assistant for Vibrations and Control Theory Courses

    I am looking for a grading assistant for my ME 3501 and ENGR 3125 courses in the fall 2020 semester.

    The student should have credit for ENGR 3122, ENGR 3125 and ME 3501. 

    Duties: The student will be responsible for grading homework assignments.

    Time Commitment: The student can work a maximum 10 hours per week.

    How to find out more:
    Please contact at: Please email me at atekes@kennesaw.edu 


    Type of Opportunity: Research

    Faculty Member: Ayse Tekes
    College: Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

    Expected Start Date: 8/1/20
    Expected Completion Date: 12/30/20

    Faculty Project or Course: Modeling of Compliant Mechanisms in Matlab Simscape

    The student will be working on modeling and simulation complex compliant mechanisms in Matlab Simscape.

    Undergraduate in mechanical engineering department, should have credit for ENGR 3122, ENGR 3125 and should have taken Matlab course.

    The student will be responsible for:
    - attending weekly meetings
    - completing workly assignments
    - writing the report

    Time Commitment: The student is expected to work at least 10 hours per week.

    How to find out more:
    Please email me at atekes@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


    • 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: David A. Guerra-Zubiaga

    College: Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SPCEEC)


    The research activities combine state of the art technologies related to fields such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science and information systems among others. Some specific topics you could explore are related, but not limited to:

    · Tacit Knowledge Models to support Engineering Decisions.

    · Digital Manufacturing tools to support Industry 4.0 aspects.

    · Next Generation Automation Systems to support Medical Applications.

    You could see some research production on next link: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=XsnghWwAAAAJ 


    Any Honor College Student (HCS) with the compromise to learn and seriously try a research journey in the topics mentioned above.


    Could vary, but some examples are: conduct literature review, learn some lab software and equipment. HCS will meet the faculty mentor and a research group one time per week.

    Time Commitment:

    Varies based on student level and interest. Likely start off with a few hours per week.

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

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

    Faculty Member: LeAnn Cabage
    Humanities & Social Sciences

    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.

    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.

    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

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

    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.

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

    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

Other Opportunities:

  • Here is a brief overview of the position:
    SI Leaders are assigned to a class in which they received an A
    Classes that need SI leaders are the more difficult ones that students have a hard time passing (high DFW rate, mostly STEM but there are a few others as well)
    SI Leaders facilitate interactive study sessions to help students learn course material and study strategies (2-3 times per week)
    They attend classes with students and market their sessions regularly
    They build a rapport with the professors in order to better direct/design their sessions
    Pay: $10/hour for up to 12 hours per week (including attending classes and planning/facilitating sessions)

    The full description is on our website under SI Leaders: https://academicaffairs.kennesaw.edu/supplementalinstruction/ 

    Here's a link to the job posting and application in Handshake: https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/3692939