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Current EFSC Research Opportunities

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) supports student research in all disciplines and on all EFSC campuses. Students may pursue research experiences through:

Both options promote an active learning experience to investigate research questions and to present research findings with the guidance of an EFSC Research Mentor.

Research Courses

Students: Enrolling in a research course is a great way to begin your research journey, discover what research is like in a career field of interest, learn research techniques, and develop personal and academic research skills.

EFSC offers research courses at the associate and bachelor's degree levels. The courses listed below are designed to teach you how to design, carry out, analyze, and present original research while conducting your own novel research. Be sure to review course requirements and prerequisites to determine your readiness for enrollment in one of these research courses.

Research for Extracurricular Activity

You may also pursue research outside the classroom as an extracurricular activity. Currently enrolled students on all four EFSC campuses are welcome to participate in undergraduate research with the guidance of a Research Mentor at EFSC. You may be interested in one of the current research topics below or have other research ideas. Complete the Research Student Form, and an OUR staff member will email you to get started and pair you with a Research Mentor in your discipline of interest at EFSC.

Current EFSC Undergraduate Research Topics
  • Business communication
Communication/Foreign Language
Creative Writing
  • Examining hip hop as a poetic and prophetic voice working toward transformation and social justice on behalf of marginalized people
Digital Communication
  • Creating new ways to approach digital communication and provide a means of live assessment
  • Technical communication, rhetoric
  • Evolution of the English language, language and popular culture
  • American literature
  • Literature of minoritized authors
  • Public speaking
  • Social/media relations, marketing
  • Interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication
  • Conflict management
  • Intercultural communication
  • Politics and communication
Computer Science/Computer Applications/Office Technology
  • Information security
  • Design methods for interactive presentation (live or online interaction)
  • Identifying strengths and weaknesses of digital and hard copy/physical books in a college setting
Health Sciences
  • Malaria treatment
  • Medication adherence
  • International nursing research
  • The lived experiences of the study abroad student
  • French Revolution, Napoleon
  • Military history
  • World War II
  • War gaming, history of war games
Visual Art
  • Painting, drawing, installation, fibers, sculpture
  • Computational simulation
  • Aquaculture research with marine, brackish, freshwater invertebrates, fishes, plants, and algae
  • Aquatic science
  • Use of natural products for medicinal purposes and alternatives
  • Biotechnology and its applications in medicine and agriculture
  • Natural products chemistry, curing cancer
  • Insect science, insect cognition, technological applications
  • Integrated pest management, technological applications
  • Beekeeping, technological applications
Environmental Phytoremediation
  • Environmental response to pollution spikes, Bottle Creek
Environmental Science
  • Environmental concerns
General Biology
  • Biological data collecting and experimentation
  • Food security, technological applications
  • Agriculture, technological applications
Invertebrate Anatomy and Physiology
  • Comparative and evolutionary invertebrate anatomy and physiology
Marine Biology
  • Field research with marine and brackish organisms (vertebrates, invertebrates, plants, and algae) and ecosystems
  • Marine science
Molecular Biology
  • Molecular phylogenetics
  • Neglected waterborne diseases (i.e., cryptosporidiosis, leptospirosis, and onchocerciasis)

Faculty and staff may add or update research information on this page at any time using the Research Mentor Form or by emailing