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Eastern students conduct research in every major. Unlike at larger institutions, where faculty-mentored research is chiefly conducted by graduate students, Eastern students can start conducting professional research as early as their first year. Research projects can be team-based and part of a class or conducted as independent study. Students also have a host of presentation and publication opportunities to share their research and learn valuable professional/academic skills in the process. Faculty mentors in each academic department support student researchers, with overall coordination provided by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity.

Student Research/Creative Activity Highlights

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Earth science students explore geology of Spanish mountains

July 18, 2024

Two students from the Department of Environmental Earth Science (EES) at Eastern Connecticut State University joined Professor Peter Drzewiecki on a nine-day trip in the Pyrenees Mountains of Spain to examine the development of the area’s geological features in late May.

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E.O. Smith high schoolers learn about big data at Eastern

July 10, 2024

This summer, Eastern Connecticut State University hosted 11 students from E.O. Smith High School in Mansfield to conduct research on hospital data at Eastern for the second year in a row. The project, led by business administration Professor Fatma Pakdil and economics and finance Professor Steve Muchiri, was backed by a monetary award from the NASA-CT Space Grant.

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FILM: Photogrammetry of Block Island

June 27, 2024

This summer, a group of environmental earth science (EES) researchers from Eastern traveled to Block Island, RI, to study coastal geology and erosion along the island’s iconic bluffs. Their trip entailed using a drone and helicopter to photograph the coastline in order to create 3D models to track erosion along the shoreline. This “photogrammetry” research project was led by Professor Drew Hyatt with the assistance of EES Professor Bryan Oakley and students Kelvin Carranza-Martinez and Matthew Tardella.