Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research at Mercer provides students with hands-on experience that complements the breadth of their education. At Mercer, students are given the opportunity to take the lead in top-level research endeavors, which transforms them into scholars who answer tough and relevant questions. Our students work closely with faculty members, not graduate students, in state-of-the-art facilities to complete projects that contribute new knowledge to their fields of study.


Featured Projects


Mercer History Professor, First Colony Foundation Discover New Clues Concerning the Fate of the Lost Colony

The Lost Colony of Roanoke is one of America’s greatest mysteries, and thanks in part to the work of a Mercer professor, that mystery may be solved sooner rather than later. Read more >

Chemistry Students Participate in Kaolin Research

Mercer chemistry students, under the leadership of assistant professor Dr. Kathryn Kloepper, are investigating the role environmental conditions play in metal release from kaolin, a common mineral used in a wide variety of everyday products, including paper, cosmetics and paint. Read more >
Harvestmen Arachnid

Biology Professor, Students Study Harvestmen Arachnids in Trinidad

For the past 10 years, Professor of Biology Dr. Michael K. Moore and a group of his students have studied the biodiversity, ecology and behavior of the Opiliones arachnids, also known as harvestmen, in the Lesser Antilles. Read more >
Research Airport

Engineering Professor Works to Revamp Airport Communications Technology

For nearly four years, Dr. Behnam Kamali, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been conducting research on a technology called Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communications System, or AeroMACS. Read more >

Chemistry Students Examine Effectiveness of Nanoparticles

Mercer student researchers are working with Professor of Chemistry Dr. Caryn Seney to examine the effectiveness of nanoparticles - pieces so small that, compared to Earth, they are the size of a soccer ball. These particles are used as signals in the early detection of antibody activity, which can lead to faster, potentially life-saving treatments. Read more >
Research Mouse

Student Researchers Analyze Effects of Exercise, Environment on Mice

Mercer student researchers are working with Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Craig Byron to analyze the effects of a specific type of exercise within certain habitat types on the muscles and bones of mice. Read more >

Junior Receives $5,000 Award to Research Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Giloma

Rising junior Rachel O’Keefe was presented a $5,000 Undergraduate Summer Student Research Award in Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Giloma (DIPG) from Joshua’s Wish, a Macon-area nonprofit organization. Read more >