The Student Research Colloquium at Kent State Tuscarawas is pleased to offer students the opportunity to expand their academic involvement beyond the classroom through funded research projects. The Student Research Colloquium offers students an opportunity to learn the skills and methodologies of applied and/or basic research while exploring an area of personal interest. Students work closely with a faculty member to generate ideas, create research proposals, conduct research, prepare a professional research paper and present their findings.
Recent Student Research Projects
Student Research Projects from the 2011 -2012 Academic Year
Student Research Projects from the 2010 -2011 Academic Year
Summary from "The Male Beauty Myth: Bigorexia and Other Effects of Gender Steriotype," Research by student, Gabrielle Neavin and Mason Nottingham.
Eating disorders disproportionately affect female populations. It is hypothesized that the pressure from idealized media portrayals of the female body plays a major role in the creations of this social problem. Accepting this hypothesis as valid, it is logical to conclude that as media portrayals of the human body change, so do our own perceptions. Unfortunately, a trend in modern advertising is to idealize male bodies to the same absurd level that has created mental and physical disorders in female populations. By surveying a large sample of Introduction to Sociology students we hope to investigate how males and females view their body, the medias portrayal of the human body and the resulting mental health differences.
Student Research Collolquium Participants
Participating students for the 2010-11 Academic year: Brent Bear, Polly Brogan, Gary Bales, Lucas Dummermuth, Kevin Fox, Emilie Hershberger-Kirk, Catherine Lawson, Kelly Maddock, Andrew Milarick, Jason Monaco, Gabrielle Neavin, Wesley Newton, Elizabeth Studer, Veronica Studer, Aaron Swick and Kenneth Tignor.
The faculty mentors who partnered with the students for the 2010-11 academic year: Dr. Lisa Beltz, assistant professor of Biology, Dr. Alice Crume, assistant professor of Communication Studies, Dr. Karen Powers, assistant professor of English, Dr. Mason Nottingham assistant professor of Sociology, Elaine Mott assistant professor of Nursing, Dr. Chris Fenk, associate professor of chemistry, Vladamir Gurau, assistant professor of Engineering, and Chitra Rajagopal associate professor of Engineering Technology.
Student Affairs Committee for academic year 2011-2012:
M. Karen Powers, English - Chair
Lisa Beltz, Biological Sciences
Jim Carlton, Political Science
Jean Engohang-Ndong, Biological Sciences
Laurie Fishel, Nursing
Vladimir Gurau, Technology
Elaine Mott, Nursing
Kathy Davis Patterson, English
Pam Ramey, Information Technology
For more information, contact:
Dr. M. Karen Powers, Chair
Student Affairs Committee
Phone: 330-339-3391, x7556