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Student Colloquium

Kent State University at Tuscarawas is pleased to offer students the opportunity to expand their academic involvement beyond the classroom through funded research projects. All Kent State Tuscarawas students are eligible to apply for research awards and participate in the Student Colloquium.


The Student Colloquium offers students an opportunity to learn the skills and methodologies of applied and/or basic research while exploring an area of personal interest. Students work closely with faculty members to generate ideas, create research proposals, conduct research, prepare a professional research paper, and present their findings. Students gain first-hand experience collecting data, conducting analyses, and presenting findings. Students who participate in the colloquium learn skills that are important for furthering their education and gaining employment in their respective fields. Some students have presented their research that they developed for the colloquium at national conferences.    

Recent research topics have included subjects as diverse as popular culture and comic icons, conscientious objectors during WWII, hydrogen fuel cells, and antibiotic sensitivity.  

Important Dates:

This year, the Student Affairs Committee is hosting the Student Colloquium on Mon., April 17, 2017 at 7 p.m. in room 126 in the Science and Advanced Technology Center. Students are encouraged to submit a proposal for the conference. Proposals are due Fri., Nov. 18, 2016.

Students to submit proposals by noon on each of the following dates: Student Travel: Requests for Fall 2016 are due Fri., Oct. 28, 2016; requests for Spring 2017 travel are due Fri., Feb. 17, 2017. Student Conference: Requests for conferences held in the Spring/Summer of 2017 are due Fri., Nov. 11, 2016; requests for conferences held in the Fall of 2017 are due Fri., April 14, 2017. Student Colloquium: Proposals are due Fri., Nov. 18, 2016. Colloquium will be held Mon., April 17, 2017 at 7 p.m.


Student Colloquium Application Form 

Student Conference Application   

Student Travel Fund  

View Student Research Projects

For more information, contact: Dr. Ashley Galati, chair of the Student Affairs Committee, at or 330-308-7443.

Student Affairs Committee:
  • Dr. Ashley Galati (Chair), Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Bill Auld, Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies
  • Tony Dallacheisa, Lecturer of English
  • Dr. Kathy Davis Patterson, Associate Professor of English
  • Dr. Chris Fenk, Professor of Chemstry
  • Dr. Vlad Gurau, Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology
  • Dr. Wensheng Kang, Associate Professor of Economics
  • Vas Patibandla, Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology
  • Chitra Rajagopal, Associate Professor of Engineering Technology



"Hello Dr. Gerbig, I've been adjusting to the college life at OSU long enough to try my hand at getting involved in research. I contacted a professor who wants to meet with me this coming Monday, the 13th. His name is Dr. Wood, and here's the link to his laboratory website. I was just wondering if you knew what I might be getting into if you could look at his lab/studies. Normally, freshman aren't even considered, so I'm really hopeful that he is even meeting with me. But I want to know what I may be getting involved in.  Also, I've been thinking of switching my major to microbiology, and wondered what your thoughts on that might be. Is it a good major/job security? I really enjoyed the work I did with you at Kent and feel like that is something I could see myself getting much more involved with, looking at different pathogens/bacteria and trying to find more efficient/new cures.

Thanks, David Marshall