Research

Honors student Cassidy Stout in lab working with equipment

Because Honors College students are actively engaged in academic research, they have the following advantages:

  • More competitive graduate school applications
  • Deeper understanding of chosen academic fields
  • Gain confidence and experience in research, writing and presentation skills
  • Receive honors academic credit for your research and honors thesis
  • Develop meaningful relationships with faculty

Many Towson University faculty members are leading researchers and scholars in their fields of study; therefore, there are many opportunities for undergraduate research.

Towson University Research Award Winners

The Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry (URCI) Committee awards university-level Research Impact Awards for exceptional student research, and each college at TU, including the Honors College, awards additional Undergraduate Research awards at the college level. The below-listed recipients are Honors students who were recognized by the URCI or their degree-granting college.

 

2019 Research Impact Award Recipients

Student Project College Adviser
Marisa Bennett '19 Impacts of Sleep Duration and Fatigue on Substantial Postpartum Weight Retention College of Health Professions Dr. Adriane Burgess (Nursing)
Kierstin Ekstrom '20 Conflict Migration and Shocks Decrease Government Trust in the DRC College of Business & Economics Dr. Seth Gitter (Economics)
Madeline Gorman '19 ADDICT: Dance of Addiction College of Fine Arts & Communication Dr. Hyang-Sook Kim (Mass Communication)
Kai Johnson '19 Determinants of College Student Consumption College of Business & Economics Dr. Melissa Groves (Economics)
Derek Margulies '20 Sports Analytics for Towson University Men’s Basketball Team Fisher College of Science & Mathematics Dr. Alexei Kolesnikov (Mathematics)
Abigail Poindexter '19 Lactation and Metabolism in Postpartum Women College of Health Professions Dr. Adriane Burgess (Nursing)
Alexandra Rakus '19 Free NARCAN in Schools: Saving Students College of Business & Economics Dr. Seth Gitter (Economics)
Danielle Reifer '19 Investigating the Relationship between Furin Cleavage and Cytotoxicity in a RecombinantImmunotoxin Based on Pseudomonas Exotoxin A Fisher College of Science & Mathematics Dr. John Weldon (Biological Sciences)
Sarah Rowan '19 Analyzing Collaborative, Culturally Inclusive Reproductive Healthcare & Education in Guatemala College of Liberal Arts Dr. Alison McCartney (Political Science)
Julia Tenbus '19 Using Video Modeling to Enhance Social Communication Skills in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder College of Health Professions Dr. Kaitlyn Wilson (Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology)

2019 Honors College Undergraduate Research Award Recipients

Student Project College ADviser
Connor McNairn '19 Measuring Civic Engagement in Public Education College of Liberal Arts Dr. Alison McCartney (Political Science)

2019 Undergraduate Research Award Recipients (Other Colleges)

Student project college adviser
Mary Beth Eisinger '19 The Reappearance of the Dorsal Fin in the Black Ghost Knifefish Apteronotus albifrons and Effects on Swimming Kinematics Fisher College of Science and Mathematics Dr. Christopher Oufiero (Biological Sciences)

PREVIOUS research award winners

2018 Research Impact Award Recipients
Student Project College Adviser
Soumia Bekka '19 Three-Dimensional Analysis of Combination Drug Therapy for Herpes Simplex Virus 1 Fisher College of Science & Mathematics Dr. Barry Margulies (Biological Sciences)
Timothy Bynion' 18 The Afghanistan War and America's National Identity College of Liberal Arts Dr. Paul McCartney (Political Science)
Lauren Cahalan '18 Violence and Women's Empowerment in Afghanistan College of Business & Economics Dr. Seth Gitter (Economics)
Rachel Lent '18 Investigating PcpA as a choline binding protein on Streptococcus pneumoniae that may be degraded by neutrophil serine proteases Fisher College of Science & Mathematics Dr. Mara Shainheit (Biological Sciences)
Chloe Lissauer '19 Developing Long-Acting Implants for Breast Cancer Prevention Fisher College of Science & Mathematics Dr. Barry Margulies (Biological Sciences)

 

2018 Honors College Undergraduate Research Award Recipients
Student Project College Adviser
Lauren DiFatta '18 Sexual Assault Against Women on College Campuses Honors College Dr. Marion Hughes (Sociology, Anthopology & Criminal Justice)
Nicolas Philip '18 Minimization of Pseudomonas Exotoxin A Domain III via N-terminal Substitutions" Honors College Dr. John Weldon (Biological Sciences)
Cassidy Miller '18 Understanding Corporate Funding for Dance Honors College Prof. Susan Mann (Dance)
2018 Undergraduate Research Award Recipients (Other Colleges)
Student College
Kierstin Ekstrom '20 College of Business & Economics
Ryan Hor '19 College of Business & Economics
Kai Johnson '19 College of Business & Economics
Benjamin Mehr '20 College of Fine Arts and Communication
Ruhley Michaelides '18 College of Liberal Arts
Emily Middleton '18 College of Liberal Arts

How Do I Get Involved in Research?

Research courses eligible for Experiential and Advanced Learning credit include Independent Study (1-3 credits), Directed Readings, and Honors Thesis opportunities. You may take these courses under a department code (e.g. BIOL 499; POSC 499) or under the HONR code. In both cases you must get approval from the Honors Faculty Director and then submit a completed, signed syllabus and 10-item annotated bibliography to the Faculty Director by the end of the Change of Schedule period for the semester of enrollment. Syllabus templates for each course are updated each semester and are available at the Forms, Handbooks & Online Resources page. These templates must be used, even if you are registering under a department code.

University-Level Research Funding

The Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry supports undergraduate research and creative activities under the mentorship of TU faculty members. All original scholarly and creative activity appropriate to any discipline at our university is eligible for competitive funding. This includes, for example, research in natural and social sciences, artistic performances, and works of art.

Presenting and Publishing Your Research

  • Celebration of Scholarship and Learning: Each term the Honors College hosts the Celebration of Scholarship and Learning where all students who have completed a research project, internship, service-learning project, or who studied abroad in the prior semester present their experience.
  • Research & Creative Inquiry Forum: Each spring, the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry sponsors the annual Research & Creative Inquiry Forum (formerly the Undergraduate and Graduate Research and Performance Expo). Students from all disciplines are asked to share their work with the university community.
  • National Conference for Undergraduate Research: A national organization that provides opportunities for students with research projects to present their projects at national gatherings.
  • The Colonial Academic Alliance sponsors an annual research conference. Workshops are also offered.
  • National Collegiate Honors Council: Annual conference usually held in early November, with applications due in early spring. Contact the Honors Faculty Director for more information.
  • Northeast Regional Honors Council: Annual conference usually held in early April, with applications due in December. Contact the Honors Faculty Director for more information.
  • Undergraduate Journals and Conferences Directory: The UJCD lists journals, electronic and paper, and conferences, that will consider undergraduate student essays, research papers, poetry, short fiction, photography, cartoons, art, etc., for publication.
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