Kent State University is ranked among the nation’s top 74 public high-research universities by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. A&S faculty and students are at the heart of the university’s ground-breaking research and scholarly activity generating more than 50 percent of all extramural funding in the university.
Research and scholarship within the College is both comprehensive and in-depth, encompassing the humanities, social sciences, natural and mathematical sciences through 16 academic departments and several centers and institutes. Our dedicated faculty and students conduct exciting, original research, which not only translates to the Kent State classroom, but addresses some of our most pressing global challenges.
Featured below are some of our recent research and scholarly activities:
Examining the Origins of Aggression
Heather Caldwell, Ph.D., an associate professor of biological sciences at Kent State University, was awarded a $400,000 National Science Foundation grant to study how oxytocin’s role in early brain development may be linked to aggressive behavior in adults.
Lake Erie Water Quality
Dulci Avouris, an incoming Kent State University Geology Ph.D. student, was recently awarded a NASA Ohio Space Grant Consortium doctoral fellowship in Applied Geology to study the water quality of Lake Erie through satellite remote sensing. By analyzing NASA satellite data, she’ll assist in identifying potential harmful algal blooms (HABs) which pose numerous risks to human and animal health in addition to impacting taste and odor of drinking water for affected populations in our region.
Letters from Walt Whitman's Mother
Wesley Raabe, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of English at Kent State University, has edited 170 letters from Walt Whitman’s mother and published them with the title “walter dear”: The Letters from Louisa Van Velsor Whitman to Her Son Walt on the Walt Whitman Archive.