Faculty Mentor: Dr. Hsiang-te Kung
Faculty Mentor's Department: Department of Earth Sciences, Confucius Institute, Asian
Studies and International Trade Program
Telephone Number and/or E-mail: 678-4538; firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Description: Environmental Hazards and Justice; Water Resources (Flood and Drought, Water Supply);
Chinese Culture/ Economic Growth and Environmental Impact.
Requirements for Student Applicants: Any honors students who have interest in these
Starting Date: At Student's Conveniece
Method of Compensation ( Volunteer, Academic Credit, or Stipend): Open
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Andrew Mickelson
Faculty Mentor's Department: Dept. of Earth Sciences
Project Description: Students can participate in archaeological fieldwork and/or laboratory research and
processing of archaeological samples and artifacts. Research is currently being conducted
at several prehistoric Indian sites within western Tennessee. Transport to sites
is provided and we return to Memphis at the end of each day. Fieldwork requires the
physical ability to walk long distances and carry heavy loads at times. Sorry, special
needs students cannot be accommodated in the field, but options exist in the lab on
a case by case basis.
Requirements: Students must have taken at least one introductory course in Anthropology (preferably
ANTH1100) or in Earth Sciences (ESCI 1103 or ESCI 2301 or ESCI 4352 or ESCI 4325)
Starting Date – open, dependent on level of degree of participation by student
Method of Compensation: Volunteer, Academic Credit, or Stipend – volunteer or Academic
Credit through honors projects or independent study on a case by case basis
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Esra Ozdenerol
Faculty Mentor's Department: Earth Sciences
Project Description: 1) West Nile Virus in Shelby County: I use GIS and Remote sensing
techniques to explore the mosquito habitats and clustering analysis where the infected
mosquitoes are and the effected human cases. I am working with the Shelby County Health
Department on developing a model to lower the amount of cases in our county and explore
ways how to do better intervention. 2) Low birth weight and infant mortality: Birth
and death records from the Tennessee Department of Health are obtained. I am applying
clustering analysis techniques to find out where the most vulnerable places are in
Requirements: Computer knowledge. GIS techniques a plus, but not required. I also
prefer web and programming skills, if any.
Starting Date: At student's convenience.
Compensation: Right now, I do not have funding, but it is on its way. So I can say
voluntary—soon to be funded.
Faculty Mentor: Ricardo Taborda
Faculty Mentor's Department: Civil Engineering, and Center for Earthquake Research
Telephone Number and/or E-mail Address:
Project Description: Our research group focuses on earthquake simulations and the
prediction of earthquake effects. Research tasks for an undergraduate student in our
group will concentrate on helping develop computer tools to analyze results from simulations
and to compare simulation results with recorded data. In particular, we have several
ongoing projects that require the development of software to process results. We would
like these tools to be developed in Python. Therefore, we are looking for bright enthusiastic
minds willing to apply (and learn) programming skills to scientific research. Support
for interested undergraduate students could extend beyond the Summer Honors program
if the student demonstrate abilities that are worth keeping in our group.
Requirements for Student Applicants:
In general, this project requires having good programming skills. Preference will
be give to someone with knowledge in Python, but we will consider someone who can
learn Python rapidly. We assume that if the student is already enrolled in the Honors
program, good academic record is understood as by default.
Start Date: Anytime