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. Students currently enrolled in associate and bachelor level programs may select a topic of interest from the Fall 2019 Research Opportunities. The list reflects 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 Fall 2019 Research Opportunities list should contact OUR staff to discuss ideas and possible mentors for the project.

  • Discipline: Biology
  • Project description: Interaction of mycorrhizae (fungi) and mangroves
  • Discipline: Biology
  • Project description: Organic fertilizers
  • Discipline: Science/Engineering
  • Project description: Inorganic Chemistry including Organometallic Chemistry; Materials Chemistry; Ultrasonic Synthesis of organic and inorganic materials, Ultrasonic Cleaning
Computer Science/Software Development
  • Discipline: Technology
  • Project description: Identify strengths and weaknesses of Android and Appel IOS mobile devices in a University setting.
Digital Communication
  • Discipline: Communication/Foreign Language
  • Project description: Create new ways to do digital communication and provide a means of live assessment
Early Childhood Development and Education
  • Discipline: Education
  • Project description: Psychology, child development, early childhood education, parenting process and issues, child psychology, education, classroom management, group dynamics
Environmental Phytoremediation
  • Discipline: Science
  • Project: Environmental Response to Pollution Spikes - Bottle Creek
Environmental Science
  • Discipline: Life Science and Physical Sciences
  • Project description: Research in Florida native plants, Florida ecosystems, plant physiology, wetland ecology, environmental chemistry, aquatic toxicology, and pesticide toxicology
Health Sciences
  • Discipline: Nursing
  • Women's Health, Study Abroad Nursing, Independent Nurse Practitioner
  • Discipline: History
  • Project description: French Revolution, Napoleon, Military History, World War II, War gaming
  • Discipline: English
  • English Renaissance Drama, Contemporary Dystopian Literature, Fairy Tales and Fairy Tale Retellings, Shakespeare, Literature and Popular Culture
Marine Biology and Aquaculture
  • Discipline: Biology
  • Project description: Research with marine, brackish and freshwater ecosystems and organisms (vertebrates, invertebrates, plants, and algae) through aquaculture and field research
Nanoparticle Chemistry
  • Discipline: Science
  • Project: Gold Nanoparticle Synthesis - Effect of Polarized and UV Light on Conformation
  • Project: Effect of Nanoparticles on Planarian Behavior
Natural Products Chemistry
  • Discipline: Science
  • Project: Cure Cancer
Peer Mentoring forStudents Who are Parents
  • Discipline: Education
  • Project description: Providing support group and mentor pairing for students who are also parents to increase program retention and degree completion
Qualitative Psychology
  • Discipline: Psychology
  • Project: Human Services, Non-profit, Higher Organizational Development
  • Discipline: Communications
  • Project description: Public Speaking, Marketing, Social/Media Relations, Interpersonal Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Conflict Management, Intercultural Communication, Politics and Communication
Synthetic Chemistry
  • Discipline: Science
  • Project: Kill Cockroaches
Technology for Interactive Presentations
  • Discipline: Computer Science/Computer Applications/Office Technology
  • Project description: Design methods for interactive presentations for live or online interaction
Veterinary Medicine
  • Discipline: Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Science
  • Project description: Veterinary medicine, veterinary science
Visual Art
  • Discipline: Art
  • Project description: Visual art: painting, drawing, installation, fibers, sculpture






Seminars & Workshops

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