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Current EFSC Research Opportunities

The Office of Undergraduate Research supports students interested in developing creative projects and research experience with faculty, staff, administrators and community leaders. Students may pursue research experiences through registration in a research-based class for course credit or as an independent research project for extracurricular activity. Both options promote an active-learning experience for students to investigate problems and questions of interest using a well-defined academic process to discover solutions and answers to share with the academic community. 

EFSC Research-Based Classes

Students may begin their research journey in a class. Enrolling in a research class is a great way to discover what research is like in a career field of interest, to learn research techniques and to develop personal and academic skills in research. The College offers research classes at the AA and Bachelor degree levels. The classes noted below indicate courses with embedded research projects as a major component of the course grade. Be sure to review course requirements and prerequisites to determine readiness for enrollment in these research classes.

Please note: The course links will open the alphabetical course listing in the EFSC Catalog so you can then browse for the description for each course.

Associate in Arts level

Biological Research - BSCC 2910

Chemical Research - CHMC 2910  

Liberal Arts - IDH 2009  

Undergraduate Research - IDS 2911

Bachelor level

Biology/Biotechnology - BSC 4911

Zoology - ZOO 4911  

Animal Sciences - ANS 4911 

EFSC Student Independent Research Projects

Students may pursue independent research study outside the classroom as an extracurricular activity. Currently enrolled students on all four EFSC campuses are welcome to participate in undergraduate research. Please browse the Current Research Opportunities lists on this page to view open research areas. The lists reflect topic areas where mentors are currently available to help students develop a research project.

Students have the option to work alone or collaborate with a group of like-minded students to design a project. Please review the list of research topics currently available to students and then fill out the online Student Research Interest Form to initiate contact with OUR staff.

Students with interest in areas not currently posted under the Current Research Opportunities should contact OUR staff at discuss ideas and possible mentors for the project.

  • Project description: Business Communication
Communication/Foreign Language

Creative Writing

  • Project description: Examining hip hop as a poetic and prophetic voice working toward transformation and social justice on behalf of marginalized people.
  • Student responsibilities: Well versed in hip hop history, popular rap artists, and song lyrics

Digital Communication

  • Project description: Create new ways to do digital communication and provide a means of live assessment


  • Project description: Technical communication, Rhetoric
  • Project description: Evolution of the English language, Language and popular culture
  • Project description: American literature
  • Project description: Literature of minority authors


  • Project description: Public speaking
  • Project description: Social/Media relations, Marketing
  • Project description: Interpersonal communication, Nonverbal communication
  • Project description: Conflict management
  • Project description: Intercultural communication
  • Project description: Politics and communication
Computer Science/Computer Applications/Office Technology
  • Project description: Information security
  • Project description: Design methods for interactive presentation for live or online interaction
  • Project description: Identify strengths and weaknesses of digital and hard copy/physical books in a college setting
Health Sciences


  • Project description: Malaria treatment
  • Project description: Medication adherence
  • Project description: International nursing research
  • Project description: The lived experiences of the study abroad student
  • Project description: French Revolution, Napoleon
  • Project description: Military History
  • Project description: World War II
  • Project description: War gaming, history of war games 
  • Project description: Visual art: painting, drawing, installation, fibers, sculpture


  • Project description: Computational simulation


  • Project description: Aquaculture research with marine, brackish, and freshwater invertebrates, fishes, plants, and algae
  • Project description: Aquatic science


  • Project description: Use of natural products for medicinal purposes and alternatives


  • Project description: Biotechnology and its applications in medicine and agriculture


  • Project: Natural products chemistry - Cure cancer


  • Project description: Insect science, insect cognition; technological applications
  • Project description: Integrated pest management; technological applications
  • Project description: Beekeeping; technological applications

Environmental Phytoremediation

  • Project: Environmental Response to Pollution Spikes - Bottle Creek
  • Student Requirement: Completion of one college-level science course

Environmental Science

  • Project description: Looking for students with research ideas related to environmental concerns

General Biology

  • Project description: Looking for students who have research ideas related to biological data collecting and experimentation


  • Project description: Food security; technological applications
  • Project description: Agriculture; technological applications

Invertebrate Anatomy and Physiology

  • Project description: Comparative and evolutionary invertebrate anatomy and physiology

Marine Biology

  • Project description: Field research with marine and brackish organisms (vertebrates, invertebrates, plants, and algae) and ecosystems
  • Project description: Marine science

Molecular Biology

  • Project description: Molecular phylogenetics
  • Project description: Neglected waterborne diseases (i.e. cryptosporidiosis, leptospirosis, and onchocerciasis)
  • Student Responsibilities: Develop an original research topic in molecular biology and evolution. Analyze large sequence data. Navigate biological databases. Learn to use Molecular Evolutionary Genetics Analysis version 7.0 (MEGA 7), improve scientific writing skills. Create a poster for undergraduate research conference. Produce an original manuscript for publication.
  • Student Requirements: Successful completion of BSCC 1010, MCBC 2010, PCB 3063 (preferred but not required), proficient in Microsoft Excel.

Nanoparticle Chemistry

  • Project: Gold Nanoparticle Synthesis - Effect of Polarized and UV Light on Conformation. Student Responsibilities: Must have completed Organic Chemistry courses
  • Project: Effect of Nanoparticles on Planarian Behavior. Student Responsibilities: Must have General Chemistry 2 and Biology 1 completed

Synthetic Chemistry

  • Project: Kill Cockroaches






Seminars & Workshops

Learn more about scientific research and careers during EFSC-sponsored events that feature visiting researchers.