Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry (URCI) exists to foster and strengthen the culture of
undergraduate scholarly inquiry at Towson University.
Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry (URCI) seeks to provide guidance and opportunities
for undergraduate students to pursue advanced scholarly work in all fields of study.
Aligned with TU’s core characteristic of “academic excellence,” URCI promotes research and scholarly inquiry as these foster the individualization of students’
academic exploration and intellectual growth.
Undergraduate research is defined as an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate
that makes or contributes to an original intellectual or creative discovery to the
discipline. URCI, a unit within the Office of the Provost, oversees university-level
programs that provide opportunities for students to engage in research with a TU faculty mentor.
These close collaborations between faculty and students provide a forum for faculty
to teach and mentor undergraduates on a one-on-one basis outside the classroom.
The Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry Committee is pleased to announce the
2018 recipients of the inaugural Research Impact Award. Every college was represented
in the highly-competitive applicant pool, and the following projects were selected
because of the impact of the research on an significant disciplinary topic and the
impact of the student's work on the university's scholarly community.
college of business & economics
Lauren Cahalan '18 - Project Title: Violence and Women's Employment in Afghanistan. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Seth Gitter (Department of Economics). Ms. Cahalan is also a member of the College of Liberal
Arts and the Honors College.
college of fine arts & communication
Molly Cohen '18 - Project Title: What Were You Wearing? Faculty Mentor: Dr. Julie Potter (Department of Theatre Arts).
Andie Verbus '19 - Project Title: Impulse Responses in Towson University's Recital Hall and Harold J. Kaplan Concert
Hall. Faculty Mentor: Dr. William Kleinsasser (Department of Music).
college of liberal arts
Tim Bynion '18 - Project Title: The Afghanistan War and America's National Identity.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Paul McCartney (Department of Political Science). Mr. Bynion is also a member of the Honors College.
Nicole Libbey '18 - Project Title: Understanding the Impact of the Towson University
Food Insecurity Support Fund. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Andrea Brace (Department of Health Science, College of Health Professions).
Victoria Wolsh '18 - Project Title: The Effect of Age on Dissociative Disorder Treatment
Intervention Outcomes. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Bethany Brand (Department of Psychology).
fisher college of science & mathematics
Soumia Bekka '18 - Project Title: Three-Dimensional Analysis of Combination Drug Therapy
for Herpes Simplex Virus 1. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Barry Margulies(Department of Biological Sciences). Ms. Bekka is also a member of the Honors College.
Christopher Bower '18 - Project Title: Stream Restoration Monitoring. Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Joel Moore (Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences).
Rachel Lent '18 - Project Title: Investigating PcpA as a choline binding protein on
Streptococcus pneumoniae that may be degraded by neutrophil serine proteases. Faculty
Mentor: Dr. Mara Shainheit (Department of Biological Sciences). Ms. Lent is also a member of the Honors College.
Chloe Lissauer '19 - Project Title: Developing Long-Acting Implants for Breast Cancer
Prevention. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Barry Margulies (Department of Biological Sciences). Ms. Lissauer is also a member of the Honors College.
Lauren Cahalan didn’t realize how interesting she would find research until she took
a class at Towson University with Alison McCartney, professor of political science
and faculty director of the Honors College.