The Office of Research and Creative Activity is pleased to announce the return of Research and Travel Grants for our students, mentored by faculty members, working on research or creative activity beyond the classroom.

NOTICE: Proposal acceptance for the 2022-2023 academic year closed as of November 10, 2022. Please check back during the start of the Fall 2023 semester for a new round!

Before you begin your submissions on this Digital Commons page, be sure to download and complete either the Travel Grant form (click to access) or the Research Grant form (click to access). Use the Research application if you are applying for funds to conduct research (even if that includes travel). Use the Travel application if you have been accepted to present at a professional conference. Once the appropriate document is completed, submit it to this page by going to "Author Corner" in the left sidebar and clicking on "Submit Research and Travel Grant Application."

Accepted award funding information will be displayed on this page, including the student's name, faculty mentor name, and a brief student-submitted abstract or summary of the research or creative activity. Read more about the grants here.

Questions? Contact us.


Research and Travel Grant Applications from 2023

1. The Relationship Among Vertical Jump Height, Sprint Time, and Fatigue Index in College Students. 2. The Relationship Between Performance Characteristics of the Countermovement Jump and a Maximal Sprint., Makenna Morefield, Matthew Hermes, and Brenda Reeves

Does Real-Life Location Matter in The Electronic World? How New Esports Fans Choose What Team to Support, Gavin Nolin

Water solubility structure activity relationship of chalcones for aqueous applications, Grace Yocum

Research and Travel Grant Applications from 2022

Competitive Marching and Psychological Needs, Xavier Brown, Tyler Robinson, Morgan Macke, and Jordan Pearsall

Structure-property behavior of ionenes-based polyurethanes, Jeremiah Coughlon, Jason Bara, and Sourav Chatterjee

Effects of Self-Efficacy and Motivation on Self-Disclosure Through Artwork, Abigail Emerson and Patrick Cushen

Stress Management for the CTE Teacher, Lauren E. Ervin and Kemaly Parr Dr.

Addressing Burnout in New Graduate Nurses, Shan C. Gordon and Janice Thurmond DNP

Sleep Quality in Young Adults, Christina Harper and Tracey McCue

Engineering Technology Undergraduates Assisting PhD Research through Automation, Jake Hildebrant, Clay Goodman, Boaz Burnett, and Lee Hobdy

Titer Concentration Testing for Leptospirosis in Equine, Ashley L. Himmelsbaugh

One-Dimensional and Two-Dimensional Simulations of Helical Homopolymers: A Comparative Analysis of Efficiency and Funnel Folding, Matthew Hooks and Nathan Roberts

A Bayesian Examination of the Effect of a Mental Health Psychosocial Education Vignette on Stigma Toward Persons with Schizophrenia and Depression, lainie krumenacker

Assessing the Influence of Urban Greening on Urban Arthropods, Brendon Lawrence

Swelling behavior of poly(ionic liquids) in different solvents and salt solutions, Pierson Perdue

Immersion and Handicapping, Tyler J. Robinson

Comparison of CBD Oil and Water-Soluble CBD in Canine Patients with Osteoarthritis, Sadie Sims

Physicochemical properties of urethane-containing imidazolium ionic liquids from a non-isocyanate synthetic approach, George Timmermann, Pierson Perdue, and Kevin Miller

Research and Travel Grant Applications from 2021

Mental Health Stigma Across Cultures, Emma Atchison

Elevated Community Anxiety During COVID-19 Pandemic Based on the Quantified Biomarkers of Oxidative Stress in Wastewater, Isaac Bowers and Bikram Subedi

Predictors of Psychological Distress among U.S. College Students, Mandi Clark and Yuliya Phillips

Adaptive Plasticity of Coloration in Response to Environmental Change, Karissa Coffield

Adaptive Plasticity of Coloration in Response to Environmental Change, Karissa Coffield

A Trial of a Digital Daily Valuing Exercise on Participant Chosen Values and Valued Behaviors., Jessica Criddle

The Role of Behavioral Flexibility in the Relation Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Intimate Speaker-Listener Behavior, Jessica Criddle, Thomas B. Sease, and Esther Malm

Amplifying the "A" in STEAM Education, Grace Floerke

Significant Spike on Syringe Use and the Drug Consumption During COVID-19 Pandemic, Houston Hampton

Topics needing more attention in Premarital Counseling, Leah Harley, Jasmine Neal, Yuliya Phillips, and Esther Malm

Kinesiotape Application to Equine Hock Joints: Impact on Lameness and Movement Evaluation, Kiara Jones

Creating Green Spaces To Conserve Beneficial Urban Arthropods, Brendon Lawrence

Race/Ethnicity and Mental Health Treatment, Jasmine Maxwell

Dual-ionic liquid functionalized cellulosic materials: Thermal, mechanical and conductive properties, Elizabeth McGrew, Gracie Eicher, and Kevin M. Miller

Health in University Students, Jessica M Criddle

Ag in the Classroom: Using Mobile Growlabs to Increase Food Awareness and Ag Literacy in Elementary Classrooms, Cassity Mitchell and Alyx Shultz

Trends in drug consumption during COVID-19 pandemic using wastewater-based epidemiology, Alexander Brent Montgomery

Does Climate Change Promote Cannibalism?, Melissa Ocampo and Howard Whiteman

Have Some Perspective: A Correlational Investigation of Empathy, Thinking Patterns, and Sociopolitical Ideology, Tyler J. Robinson

Hydroponics at MSU Greenhouse, Brendon John Schettler

Do Corticosterone Levels Vary Among Amphibians in Western KY Wetlands?, Andrew W. Sisson, Jessica Moon PhD, and Andrea Darracq PhD

Including All Abilities from the Start, Paige Small

Balloon Satellite Technology and Payload Design, Matthew Smith and Rudy Ottway

Evaluating Population-Level Variation in the Landscape of Fear, Jordan Tandy and Howard Whiteman

The Effect of Profanity and Quality on Perceived Review Helpfulness and Purchase Intentions, Dustin R. Wilcox

The Effect of Content Polarization on Readers’ Perceived Empowerment and Subscription Intentions, Dustin R. Wilcox and Ismail Karabas

The Effect of Profanity and Quality on Perceived Review Helpfulness and Purchase Intentions, Dustin R. Wilcox and Ismail Karabas

Wastewater-based epidemiological determination of drugs discharged at the rest areas and truck servicing facilities during federal holidays in the U.S., Andrew Windhorst and Bikram Subedi

Uncharted Territory: Researching the Effect of Implicit Bias on the Political Attitudes of Blacks, Briona V. Young Ms.

List the title: Uncharted Territory: Researching the Effect of Implicit Bias on the Political Attitudes of Blacks Participants, Briona V. Young and Brittany Wood

Influence of cannibalism on Arizona tiger salamander (Ambystoma mavortium nebulosum) stress physiology, Megan Zerger, Kelsey E. Reider PhD, Andrea K. Darracq PhD, and Howard H. Whiteman PhD

Research and Travel Grant Applications from 2020

The Role and Effect of Instagram Advertising on Young Women in Saudi Arabia, Al-hnouf Al-harbi

Standardized Oral Care Regimen, Abigail Breite

Regulatory Focus Theory and experiential avoidance: Examining relationships between focus strategies, treatment attitudes, and values, Morgan Brewington

Interactive Addressing of Body Image Insecurity in Adolescent Females, Haylee Cox

Acculturation and Adaptation to COVID-19, Bailey Dodd and Esther Malm

Continuing impacts of COVID-19 restrictions on collegiate equestrian student engagement and moral, Travis Fortune

Understanding Resilience and Protective Factors among Released Offenders, VanKe'via Garner

Analyzing Post-fledging Movements, Survival, and Space Use of First-year Black Vultures (Coragyps atratus) in Kentucky, Philip W. Kavouriaris, Andrea K. Darracq, and Matthew T. Springer

TBRI for Preservice Agricultural Education Teachers, McKenna Moffitt

Consumer Perceptions of Social Media Stars and Celebrity Influencers: The Moderating Role of Product Type, Mackenzie Perry

Microgreen Student Research, Zach Phelps

Evaluating the Impact of Rhizomicrobes Application on CBD Hemp and Soil: First Year Study, Alexandria Riddle, Iin Handayani, and Mallorie Snider

Be Gentle with Yourself: The Impact of Self-Compassion on Fear of Evaluation in Social Anxiety, Brooke Short

Self-Compassion, Anticipatory Anxiety, and Fear of Evaluation in Social Anxiety, Brooke Short

Searching for evidence of a global catastrophe in the East African Rift Basin: Did the Toba supereruption alter paleoflora at Gona, Ethiopia?, Kevin K. Takashita-Bynum and Gary E. Stinchcomb

Bookbinding for Puerto Rico: Culture, Food, Folklore, Savannah Jane Walton, Cameron Daryl Savage, Norma Luann Colby Ms., Sarah Catherine Cox Ms., Roby Joe Blackwell Mr., Malcom Mathison Fife Mr., Ashley Nicole Shell Ms., and Autumn Taylor Brown

Site Formation Processes of the Yaalu Archaeological Site during a Period of Anatomically Modern Human Migration, Marie N. White and Gary E. Stinchcomb

Research and Travel Grant Applications from 2019

Assessing the Influence of Telecommunication Towers on Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) Nesting Productivity and Behaviors in Western Kentucky, Gage Barnes and Andrea K. Darracq

Assessing the Influence of Telecommunication Towers on Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) Nesting and Behaviors in Western Kentucky, Gage Barnes, John Hewlett, and Andrea Darracq

Expecting to be poor: economic threat, desperation, and spending behaviors., Ashley-Lauren Barrett and Jana Hackathorn

Dirofilaria immitis Prevalence in Canis latrans in Kentucky, Melanie Brandon

Is sexism taking on new forms in movies? An ambivalent sexism perspective, Morgan Brewington

Pharmacokinetics of a single feeding of pelleted cannabidiol in horses, Anna Collins, Shea Porr, and Amanda J. Davis

Sport and perspective taking, Hillary Copeland

Whose Anxiety Is It Anyway? Helping Students Overcome the Crisis of Communication Apprehension in the Classroom, Ryan Goke and Emeline Hecht

Life Without Borders: Adapting Communication to Transcend the Permeable Boundaries Surrounding the Roles of a Graduate Student, Ryan Goke, Rebekah M. Thomas, and Logan Copeland

Perceptions of Adult-Sex Industry 2019, Jessica Hodges

Evaluating Soil Organic Matter Pools and Earthworm Counts in Response to Land Restoration, Mackenzie Hoffman

Gender and Representation: Economic Performance and the Emergence of Women in State Politics, Chris Jackson

Students Attitude toward Using Facebook for Enhancing Writing Skill, Naser Maliar

Reassessing Postclassic Settlement Data from the Cerro el Vigia Hinterland of Tres Zapotes, Veracruz, Matthew Meyer and Marcie L. Venter

Prevalence of Synthetic Opioids, Cathinones, and Cannabinoids in Four U.S. Communities, Catherine O'Rourke and Bikram Subedi

Arduino Digital Synthesizer, James Paschall

Pornography and Casual Sex, Tully Pritchett

Hutson School of Ag and Nutrition Department Homegrown Ingredients Collaboration, Brandt James Ramsey

Presentations: Language and Culture, Rakhshanda Sartaj

Building a Responsive Transparency for Diversity and Equity in the College Classroom, Kevin Shields

21st Century Warm-ups: Beginning Lessons with Engagement, Kendyl Suess and Miguel Gomez

Consumer Attitude toward Foundations and Corporate Company Partnerships, Amanda Swift and Ismail Karabas

Consumer Response to Foundations and Firms When Firms Own or Sponsor a Foundation, Amanda Swift and Ismail Karabas

I’ll Have What He’s Having: Acceptability of Mate-Poaching Behaviors, Eileen Tam

An Examination of Middle Formative through Early Classic Ceramic Attributes from Stratified Contexts at Matacanela, Veracruz, Kevin William Wann and Lacy Ernestine Risner

Evidence of Late Pleistocene and Holocene paleo-Critical Zones at Gona, Ethiopia, Marie White, Kevin K. Takashita-Bynum, Gary E. Stinchcomb, Jay Quade, Naomi Levin, Nels Iverson, Nelia Dunbar, William McIntosh, Lee Arnold, Mathieu Duval, Mike Rogers, and Sileshi Semaw

LADDER: A Multimodal Composing Task For Second Language Classrooms, Yiding Zhao

Research and Travel Grant Applications from 2018

Display Behavior in Male Siamese Fighting Fish in the Presence and Absence of a Female, Alyssa J. Allen

“A Nostro Modo”: Transnational Influences of Early Jesuit Scholars and Explorers in the New World, Lydia K. Biggs Ms.

We Can Be Teachers Too: Empowering Students with Disabilities to Create Their Own River of Dreams., Clare Curran, Leigh Anne Pool, Grace Conrad, and Cindy Clemson

Two, Four, Six, Eight, How Many Ingredients Do You Appreciate? An Exploration of Cocktail Ingredients, Hannah Daab, Sarah Lefebvre, and Marissa Orlowski

Losing My Religion: Examining the Effects of Religion and Mortality Salience, Thomas DeRossett and Tommy DeRossett

Twin Teachers: Breaking Down Barriers between High School and College Instructors Through Individual Connections (working title), Zachary Garrett

Overly Casual Emails in the Workplace, Emeline Hecht and Geoffrey Luurs