Student Research Projects

Disease Detection

Students have been developing a rapid test to identify two potentially fatal diseases that animals get from parasites. Identifying those diseases in animals can help predict risks to humans from the same parasites after a natural disaster.

The project received funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and students who assisted with the project co-authored two papers published in a scientific journal.

Disaster Support

The devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti were magnified because of difficulties getting aid to victims. JCSU students have researched ways to identify where supplies should be stockpiled and project quantities that will be needed.

Domestic Violence Awareness

One in four American women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, according to government statistics. JCSU students helped design and administer a survey that measured audience knowledge and attitudes before and after a performance art presentation on the subject.

Robotic Rescue

JCSU student researchers have helped develop models of robots with special sensors that can be dispatched in an emergency, when it isn’t safe for people to respond.

Through support from the Department of Homeland Security, students and their faculty mentors have also worked to build a secure wireless sensor network system that will help provide better disaster warnings and emergency relief.

Water Safety

With the sponsorship of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, one student conducted research on lead content in the water of old houses. Lead in drinking water causes various health problems, especially for children.