Research Opportunities in 2023-2024

Faculty members listed below are looking for students interested in pursuing undergraduate research in 2023-2024. If you wish to be included on this page, then please email Eric Hall ( If you are a student and would like help with writing an email to a faculty member, then please contact the Undergraduate Research Student Association (click here for email address).



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Faculty Member Research & Creative Interests Research Category Faculty Information
Aaron Piepmeier exercise, cognition, online experiments Math & Sciences
Aaron Trocki math, education Math & Sciences, School of Education, Multidisciplinary
Adam Y. Kim diversity, race, identity Social Sciences
Ahmed A. Fadaam visual effects, animation, Middle East history School of Communications, Multidisciplinary
Alexis Franzese sociology, social psychology, identity Social Sciences
Amanda Chunco biogeography, conservation, ecology Math & Sciences
Amanda Sturgill media, journalism, analytics School of Communications
Amy Allocco religion, gender, India/South Asia Arts & Humanities
Andrew Guydish Psychology, language, communication Social Sciences
Ann Cahill feminist theory, philosophy of the body, sexual assault Arts & Humanities
Anthony Crider photojournalism, virtual reality, crowd counting Multidisciplinary
Anthony Hatcher Journalism, Religion, Media School of Communications, Multidisciplinary
Anthony Rizzuto Math & Sciences
Antonio Izzo biology, ecology, microbiology Math & Sciences
Archie Crowley linguistics, transgender studies, discourse analysis Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences
Baris Kesgin international politics Social Sciences
Ben Murphy Literature, African American, English Arts & Humanities
Bethany Brinkman Math & Sciences
Blake Hament robotics, engineering, AI Multidisciplinary, Math & Sciences
Brian K. Pennington religion, India, culture Multidisciplinary
Brittany Mercado business, work, behaviors Multidisciplinary, School of Business
Brooks Depro economics, social science Social Sciences, School of Business, Multidisciplinary
Carol Smith outdoor/nature, experiential, mental health School of Education, Multidisciplinary
Caroline Ketcham neurodiversity, movement, sensory, concussions, mental health Multidisciplinary
Caroline Sprecher innovation, disclosure, incentives School of Business
Casey Avaunt dance history, dance theory, dance choreography Arts & Humanities
Catherine Chiang forensic accounting, earnings management, analytics School of Business, Multidisciplinary
Charles Irons history, race, religion Social Sciences
Cheng Chen AI, User Study, Health, Education School of Communications, Social Sciences
Chris Nelson sales and marketing School of Business
Chris Richardson astrophysics, galaxies, black holes Math & Sciences
Christina Benson business law, business ethics, sustainability, social justice Social Sciences, School of Business, Multidisciplinary
Clare Callahan literature, gender, poverty Arts & Humanities
Dan Burns Arts & Humanities
Danielle Lake scholarship of teaching and learning, social justice, design thinking Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, School of Education, Multidisciplinary
Dave Gammon animal behavior, field biology, birds Math & Sciences, Multidisciplinary
David Jiang entrepreneurship (opportunity recognition, psychology of startups), family business (family owners' social and emotional dynamics), organizational behavior (motivation, power, and influence) School of Business
David McGraw arts administration, performing arts Arts & Humanities
David Vandermast ecology, forests, outside Math & Sciences
Devin Proctor anthropology, Internet, identity Social Sciences
Dillan Bono-Lunn policy, labor, economics School of Business, Social Sciences
Duke Hutchings computer science Math & Sciences
Efrain Rivera-Serrano Microbiology Math & Sciences, School of Health Sciences, Multidisciplinary
Elena Kennedy social entrepreneurship School of Business
Elizabeth von Briesen simulation, modeling, gardening Social Sciences, Math & Sciences
Emily Wang corporate finance, corporate equality, cybersecurity School of Business
Eric Bauer toxicology, behavior, e-cigarette Math & Sciences
Eric Hall exercise, mental health, concussions Multidisciplinary, Math & Sciences
Erin Pearson race, literature, American studies Arts & Humanities, Multidisciplinary
Evan Gatti art history; cultural heritage; medieval history Multidisciplinary
Federico Pous social movements, Latin America, social justice Arts & Humanities
Geoffrey Claussen Jewish Ethics, Theology Arts & Humanities
Harlen Makemson visual communications, history School of Communications
Heather Barker statistics, education, social justice Math & Sciences, School of Education
Honglin Xiao GIS and remote sensing, global environmental changes, natural disasters Multidisciplinary
Hwayeon Ryu mathematical modeling, immune response, COVID-19 Math & Sciences
Hyunuk Kim business analytics, computational social science, applied machine learning School of Business
Jacob Gdovin sports, biomechanics, strength Math & Sciences
Jacob Rutz food, agriculture, sustainability Math & Sciences, Multidisciplinary
Jane O'Boyle communications, media, public relations School of Communications
Janet Myers literature, WGSS Arts & Humanities
Jeff Carpenter social media, online communities, professional development School of Education, School of Communications
Jeff Clark large permutation groups Math & Sciences
Jen Dabrowski chemistry, sustainability, medicine Math & Sciences
Jen Guy Metcalf ballet pedagogy, dance technology, Parkinson's Disease, choreography, dance film Arts & Humanities, School of Communications, School of Health Sciences
Jen Hamel animal behavior, ecology, evolution Math & Sciences
Jennifer Eidum education, writing, teaching English Arts & Humanities
Jenny Jiang social network analysis, semantic network analysis, digital media School of Communications
Jess Navarro Social Sciences, Multidisciplinary
Jessica Merricks biology education, public understanding of science, mixed methods research Multidisciplinary
Jessie Moore engaged learning; professional writing; writing studies Multidisciplinary, Arts & Humanities
Jonathan Su mechanical engineering, drug delivery, transport Math & Sciences
Juan Leal Ugalde Latin American studies, visual culture, Critical Theory Arts & Humanities
Julia Bleakney writing and rhetoric, mentoring, writing center studies Multidisciplinary
Julianne Liebenguth Environment, Justice, Qualitative Social Sciences
Julianne Liebenguth international relations, environmental politics Social Sciences
Justin Clar environmental chemistry, environmental nanotechnology Math & Sciences
Karen Yokley mathematical biology and modeling Math & Sciences
Karl Sienerth chemistry, laboratory Math & Sciences
Kathleen Crosby English education, student success, southern studies Arts & Humanities
Katie Baker mathematics, education School of Education
Kaye Usry policy studies, criminal justice Social Sciences
Kelsey Bitting science teaching, student learning, student interest Multidisciplinary
Kevin Agnew data science, decision making, auditing School of Business
Kevin Bourque LGBTQ studies, lesbian and gay literature, and queer theory Arts & Humanities
Khirey Walker Mentorship, Sport, Student-Athlete School of Communications, School of Education, Social Sciences, Multidisciplinary
Kirstin Ringelberg visual culture, identity, and history Multidisciplinary
Kristin Lange languages, teaching, social media Multidisciplinary, Arts & Humanities, School of Education
Lana Waschka marketing and consumer behavior School of Business
Lauren Kearns Dance Science, Dance and Mindfulness Arts & Humanities, Multidisciplinary
Lawrence Garber marketing, visual, branding, consumer behavior, learning School of Business
Leyla Savloff anthropology and feminism Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Multidisciplinary
Li Li visual rhetoric, international rhetoric, professional communication Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, School of Communications, Multidisciplinary
Lina Kuhn science, humanities, literature Arts & Humanities, Multidisciplinary
Lisa Buchanan education, literature, social issues School of Education
Margaret Chapman pedagogy, gender, literature Arts & Humanities, Multidisciplinary
Mark Enfield science education, informal education, science literacy School of Education
Mark Kurt labor economics School of Business
Mark Weaver biostatistics, public health, reproductive health, environmental health Math & Sciences, Multidisciplinary
Marna Winter Wellness, Mindfulness, Health Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities, School of Health Sciences
Mathew Gendle neuroscience, consciousness, neuropharmacology Multidisciplinary, Social Sciences, Math & Sciences
Matthew Wittstein neuroscience, dance science, human movement Math & Sciences, School of Health Sciences, Multidisciplinary
Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler early childhood learning and development; global engagement; mentoring Social Sciences
Megan Isaac English, Literature, Drama Arts & Humanities
Molly Green public health, health inequities Social Sciences
Monica Burney internships, human service Multidisciplinary, Social Sciences
Mustafa Akben AI, Creativity, Conflict, Reasoning, Deep Learning School of Business, Multidisciplinary
Nancy Scherich math, dance, cinematography Arts & Humanities, Math & Sciences
Nicholas Bussberg statistics, environmental science, coral reefs Math & Sciences
Nicole Triche documentary School of Communications
Nina Namaste identity, interdisciplinarity, intercultural learning Arts & Humanities, Multidisciplinary
Olivia Choplin French & francophone literature, pedagogy, intercultural learning Arts & Humanities, Multidisciplinary
Pablo Celis-Castillo Latin America, literature, cultural studies Arts & Humanities
Paula Rosinski multimedia writing, online communications Arts & Humanities
Peter Felten higher education, belonging, learning Social Sciences
Pratheep Kumar Paranthaman virtual reality, artificial intelligence, game design, brain-computer interface (EEG), mixed reality Math & Sciences
Prudence Layne race, policing, Black female rebellion, protest, ADA, Black literatures, South Africa Arts & Humanities, Multidisciplinary
Qian Xu digital strategy, strategic communication on social media, online persuasion, user experience (UX), user interface (UI) School of Communications
Raj Ghoshal sociology, surveys, race and racism, social science, social justice Social Sciences, Multidisciplinary
Rebecca Todd Peters abortion and reproductive justice, social justice, ethics Arts & Humanities
Rena Zito stigma management School of Communications, Social Sciences
Rissa Trachman archaeology; ancient Maya; archaeology and bioarchaeology field research; ancient economy, technology, social organization, ritual, and identity; forensic anthropology; archaeometry Social Sciences, Multidisciplinary, Math & Sciences
Robert Vick biology, physiology, heart rate variability Math & Sciences
Ryan Mattfeld Computer science, Programming, Sensors Math & Sciences
Sabrina Thurman infant development, motor development Social Sciences
Samuele Pardini modernity, American Studies, class, and ethnicity Arts & Humanities
Sandra Darfour-Oduro Epidemiology, Non communicable diseases, Adolescent Health, Maternal and Child Health School of Health Sciences, Social Sciences
Scott Windham motivation, data cleaning, language study Multidisciplinary, Arts & Humanities, Math & Sciences
Shaina Dabbs sport, gender, mentoring School of Communications, Social Sciences
Shannon Zenner visual communication, political psychology School of Communications
Sirena Hargrove-Leak engineering education, STEM education, entrepreneurial mindset Math & Sciences
Smaraki Mohanty Psychology and Marketing School of Business
Srikant Vallabhajosula biomechanics of postural control and gait, exercise science, Physical Therapy School of Health Sciences, Multidisciplinary
Stephanie Baker racism, health inequities, community-engagement Social Sciences
Stephen Bloch-Schulman democratic theory, oppression studies, the scholarship of teaching and learning Arts & Humanities
Stephen Byrd special education, compassion fatigue, and burnout School of Education, School of Health Sciences, Social Sciences
Steve DeLoach microfinance, behavioral economics Social Sciences, School of Business
Susanne Shawyer Arts & Humanities
Svetlana Nepocatych nutrition and exercise science Math & Sciences
Todd Lee mathematics, gerrymandering, analytics Math & Sciences
Toddie Peters ethics, justice, reproductive Arts & Humanities
Tom Kerr Political Science, Conflict, Terrorism Social Sciences
Tony Reyes Disability, employment, Latinx/Latino/Latina populations, human services in Latin America Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences
Vanessa Drew-Branch social justice, advocacy, human rights, wellness Social Sciences, Multidisciplinary
Wen Guo Arts administration and policy, visual culture, Chinese cultural policy Arts & Humanities
Will Pluer environment, water, engineering Math & Sciences
Xin Liu supply chain, marketing and E-commerce School of Business
Yanica F. Faustin racism, maternal and child health, health inequities Social Sciences
Yidi Wu China, East Asia, oral history Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, School of Education