Research | Towson University

Because Honors College students are actively engaged in academic research, they have
the following advantages:

  • More competitive graduate school applications
  • Deeper understanding of chosen academic fields
  • Gain confidence and experience in research, writing and presentation skills
  • Receive Honors academic credit for your research and Honors thesis
  • Develop meaningful relationships with faculty

Many Towson University faculty members are leading researchers and scholars in their
fields of study; therefore, there are many opportunities for undergraduate research.


How Do I Get Involved in Research?

Research courses eligible for Experiential and Advanced Learning credit include Independent
Study (1-3 credits), Directed Readings, and Honors Thesis opportunities. You may take
these courses under a department code (e.g. BIOL 499; POSC 499) or under the HONR
code. In either case you must get approval from the Honors Faculty Director and then
submit a completed, signed syllabus and ten-item annotated bibliography to the Faculty
Director by the end of the Change of Schedule period for the term of enrollment. Syllabi
templates for each course are updated each year and are available at the Forms, Syllabi & Online Resources page. These templates must be used, even if you are registering under a department

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University-Level Research Funding

The Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry supports undergraduate research
and creative activities under the mentorship of TU faculty members. All original scholarly
and creative activity appropriate to any discipline at our university is eligible for competitive funding. This includes, for example, research in natural and social sciences, artistic performances,
and works of art.

Towson University Research Award Winners

The Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry (URCI) Committee awards university-level
Research Impact Awards for exceptional student research, and each college at TU, including
the Honors College, awards additional Undergraduate Research awards at the college
level. The below-listed recipients are Honors students who were recognized by the
URCI or their degree-granting college.


2020-21 Research Impact Award Recipients

Raissa Abassi
The Impacts of Terrorism on Child Health in Afghanistan
College of Business and Economics
Prof. Seth Gitter (Economics)
Anna Carlisle
Impacts to Dance Majors from Online Instruction During COVID-19 Pandemic
College of Fine Arts and Communication
Prof. Susan Mann (Dance)
Olivia Driessen
Bromination of Halosalicylates: Kinetics and Product Characterization
Fisher College of Science and Mathematics
Prof. John Sivey (Chemistry)
Tonge Enoh Future Health Professionals’ Opinions/Attitudes and Educational Needs toward Whole
Genome Sequencing 
College of Health Professions Prof. Ming Li (Health Sciences)
Lewis Laury, Jr. The Rise of Illicit Drugs in Baltimore College of Liberal Arts Prof. Alison McCartney (Political Science)
Olivia Longo Investigating family members’ experiences following pediatric traumatic brain injury
College of Health Professions Prof. Christina Yeager Pelatti (Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology)
Madeleine Meyer Hunger as a Weapon of War: The Relief Efforts of the World Food Programme College of Liberal Arts Prof. Alison McCartney (Political Science)
Haja Sannoh The Impact of School Integration on Mortality Rates College of Business and Economics Prof. Seth Gitter (Economics)

2021 Summer Research Grant Recipients

Student project college adviser
Onyedikachukwu Onyemeziem ’23 The Effects of Maternal Education on Childhood Stunting in Ghana College of Business and Economics Prof. Seth Gitter (Economics)
Madeleine Meyer ’22 Converting Civic Engagement to the Online World: An Undergraduate Role in Promoting
Global Learning and Youth Civic Engagement in Baltimore County
College of Liberal Arts Prof. Alison McCartney (Political Science)
David Hislop ’22 Exploring Basaltic Sand Dunes in Hawaii as an Analogue for Sand Dunes on Mars Fisher College of Science and Mathematics Prof. Wendy Nelson (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)
Taryn Painter ’23 Portrayals and Prevalence of Statelessness in U.S. Media: News Reports on Statelessness
and Its Impacts on Public Opinion
College of Liberal Arts Prof. Alison McCartney (Political Science)
Seeda Henderson Williams ’22 Utilizing Trauma-informed Pedagogy for Writing Assessment Writing Center Mairin Barney (Writing Center)


Previous Research Award Winners