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Research and Creative Activity Directory

Congratulations on finding the Research and Creative Activity Directory! The purpose of this directory is to provide you with a listing of potential research/creative activity opportunities that you may search by department and the semester that you would like to work.

You may search by department and date. For example, if you are looking for a chemistry project for summer 2022, type 'summer 2022 chemistry' into the search bar.

Once you identify a potential project, send an email of interest to the faculty member listed. In the email, you should introduce yourself and tell the potential faculty mentor what you would like to do and when (spring/summer/fall semester). The faculty mentor will let you know about the next steps to apply to work on the project. Please note that contacting a faculty mentor from this data base is not a guarantee that you will work with them.

Name Department(s) Email Availability Research/ Creative Activity Topic Additional Information
Rhyannon Bemis Psychology Spring 2022, Fall 2022 Memory Development in children ages 4-8 years
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Please email for an application and for more information about my research (
Alison Dewald Chemistry Spring 2022, Fall 2022 Protein Biochemistry
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Research projects relating to protein biochemistry, especially outer membrane protein folding in liposomes, unknown enzyme function, or protein-silver ion interactions. Chemistry majors have first priority, and research students will enroll in Chem 210/310/403 for research course credit. You should complete Chem 122 before you begin. Biochemistry/ protein biochem experience isn't required - I am happy to teach you what you'll need to know. Please email me for more information!
Tim Werner Exercise Science Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022 Exercise Physiology; Clinical Exercise Physiology
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My research examines the effects of diet and exercise on vascular physiology. My lab conducts 2-4 studies a year that yield many opportunities for conference presentations and manuscript publications for my student assistants. Our next two projects will examine the influences of fish oil supplements and CrossFit training on arterial stiffness.
Mark Muller Physics Fall 2021, Spring 2022 Engineering projects for animal enrichment at the Salisbury Zoo
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For more information, please email Dr. Muller at
Belen Vicens History Summer 2022 Medieval European History Research
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I am currently working on a research project examining the evolving relationship between noblemen and the monarchy in thirteenth-century Spain. If you recall the conflict surrounding the proclamation of the Magna carta in the English context, you'll have a sense of what I'm investigating. The project involves transcribing and translating medieval manuscripts and closely reading and engaging with a wide variety of published sources. If you are interested in questions about power, sovereignty, landed property, and law, come talk to me. Knowledge of Latin and Romance languages is a plus.
Alexander Pope PACE Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Spring 2022 Conversation and discussion strategies
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Have better conversations. The Center for Civic Reflection offers training and and support in a conversation technique designed to help people better know each other and set their goals. This funded research project could include either/both developing new source material to be used in civic reflections, and/or examining the impacts that such civic reflection conversations have on students and groups.
Leonard Arvi Economics & Finance Fall 2021, Fall 2022 Commercial real estate valuation
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Student must have completed FINA 311 with B or better. Excel skills required.
Elizabeth Ragan History Spring 2022, Fall 2022 Research with Archaeology Collections
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If you are interested in doing research with archaeological artifacts or collections, please e-mail me to discuss volunteer or internship opportunities. Past student research has been presented at regional conferences as well as the SUSRC, and been important in getting jobs in field archaeology and museums, as well as getting into graduate programs.
Jennifer Cox Communication Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022 Journalism, social media, media literacy
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Email me for application.
Alexander Pope PACE Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022 Voting in Maryland
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This project involves either/both developing a visual “dashboard” of information related to voting habits in Maryland, and using that information to engage in discrete research studies such as: What resources Maryland voters use to learn about candidates, trends in voter registration and turnout, and forming suggestions to increase voter turnout.
Alexander Pope PACE Spring 2022, Fall 2022 SU voter engagement
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This project would focus on understanding motives for SU students to register and vote. Data collected through tools such as TurboVote will help to examine trends on campus, resulting in presentation opportunities and potential program changes.
Jennifer Nyland Biological Sciences Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022 Environmental Impacts to Biological Systems
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Students have the opportunity to work on projects either in the lab (cell culture or data analysis) or in the field under the general umbrella of environmental exposures. Special consideration given to students in Henson Honors Program.
Sarah Surak Enviromental Studies Spring 2022, Summer 2022 Zero Waste at the National Folk Festival
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Students will participate in a data collection and analysis project to encourage zero waste at the Fall 2022 National Folk Festival (located in Salisbury).
Steven Binz Physics, Computer Science Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022 Augmented Reality App Development
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Develop augmented reality applications to aid in student learning or research tasks. Projects can involve programming or 3D model creation. Primary devices used are HoloLens 1 and 2. Software tools used include Visual Studio, Blender, and Unity. Here are links for more details about mixed reality, mixed reality app development using Unity, and some of my past projects.
Alexander Pope Secondary & Physical Education Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022 Education professional development
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Help identify and develop professional development programs, and disseminate those to social studies across Maryland. This will interface with the Maryland State Department of Education and Maryland Council for Social Studies. Funded for two semesters (spring and fall).
Chrys Egan Communication Summer 2022 Communication and Leadership
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You can read more about my work at Email me for projects.
Joseph Anderson Computer Science Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022 Convex Gometry, Optimization, and Machine Learning
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My work focuses on machine learning problems that use advanced statiscical and geometric tools. Students will both work on analytical problems as well as write code to perform experiments. Applications of this research include signal processing, operations research, and finance. Recommended coursework and experience includes programming, calculus, statistics, and linear algebra.
David Keifer Chemistry Spring 2022, Fall 2022 Analytical chemistry simulations
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Computational research related to analytical chemistry, particularly data analysis and mass spectrometry. Students will use commercial software and/or write their own computer code to conduct simulations on a variety of possible topics. No previous programming experience or knowledge in the field is required; I will help you learn the necessary background and skills. Chemistry majors have first priority. Research students will enroll in Chem 210/310/403 for research course credit. Please email me for more information or if you have questions!
Angela Freeman Biological Sciences Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2021 Social behavior in small mammals
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I am looking for students who are interested in any of the following: Neuroscience and behavior, neuroendocrinology, hormone physiology, flying squirrel behavior, bat neurobiology, histology, field work. (I am happy to consider students with these interests in other departments such as psychology!) Please send me a resume or CV and contact me for more information via email.
Alexandria McCombs Geography & Geosciences Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022 Carbon exchanges and micro-climates in agricultural and coastal regions, meteorological instrumentation NA
Cristina Cammarano Philosophy Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022 Philosophy in Schools- Philosophy in Communities NA