Research

A cornerstone of the land-grant mission of Iowa State University is a focus on research. And in the College of Human Sciences, our research has a direct impact on the way our communities live and learn. Consider some of the current projects:

  • Marian Kohut, an associate professor in Kinesiology, and a team of ISU researchers are making groundbreaking discoveries on critical health issues related to exercise and symptoms of the influenza virus.
  • Steve Garasky and Kim Greder, faculty members in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, along with field specialists, are identifying communities with high food insecurity – and how to do something about it.
  • Corey Drake, an associate professor in curriculum and instruction, is leading a research collaboration of six participating schools in the TEACH MATH project, which was awarded a five-year, $3.5 million grant by the National Science Foundation. The project is designed to improve preK-8 mathematics teaching and student learning in the nation’s increasingly diverse public schools.

These are just a few examples of the many outstanding research efforts being conducted in the College of Human Sciences. Whether it’s a focus on STEM education or nutrient bioavailability, our research is at work around the world, improving the lives of others.

Research News

Kiearrah Williams, a freshman majoring in kinesiology and health, is a member of Connect Four, a group aimed at improving minority student retention by helping first-year students of color to connect and adjust to college. Contributed photo.Iowa State expands support to doctoral students, sophomores, veterans

Iowa State University is expanding its efforts to ensure student success in the midst of growing enrollment.



College of Human Sciences students Malinda Pum and Sabrina Skerston participated in Veishea service day last weekend. The students are with Connect Four, a group aimed at helping first-year students of color to connect and adjust to college and overcome hurdles such as homesickness. Contributed photo.Women, minority college students more prone to severe homesickness

Most first-year college students experience some degree of homesickness.



A book co-edited by an Iowa State University professor outlines the governance, financing, and accountability of community colleges in all fifty states.New book compares community college systems in all 50 states

As lawmakers across the United States debate ways to finance colleges and hold schools accountable, a new book edited by an Iowa State University professor lays out a state-by-state rundown of two-year higher education systems.



More than 350 ethnic minority high school students from Des Moines, Marshalltown, and Denison recently came to the Iowa State University campus to visit science labs and learn about STEM careers as part of the Science Bound program. Photos by Wyeth Lynch.Science Bound produces engineers, researchers

An Iowa State University outreach program that’s empowered thousands of ethnic minority students to consider careers in math and science has produced highly sought-after engineers and researchers.



Search committee named for Iowa State University School of Education director
 
Pamela White, dean of the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences, has appointed a committee that will search for the next director of ISU’s School of Education.
 
Donald Bear and Amy Slagell will lead the search committee. Bear, a professor in the School of Education, and Slagell, an associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will serve as co-chairs of the committee, which will begin its work this month.


Graduate student Molly Paterson (pictured) is working with Stephanie Clark, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, to determine how consumers respond to different milk attributes. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.Researchers evaluate consumers' milk preferences

Iowa State University researchers are determining what factors affect consumers’ purchasing decisions when navigating the milk aisle at the grocery store.



Ann Gansemer-Topf, an assistant professor in the School of Education, studies student success in higher education. Photo by Wyeth Lynch. Gansemer-Topf brings student success experience to the School of Education

Ann Gansemer-Topf's quest to improve student success has included finding solutions for the "sophomore slump."



Iowa State University is working with the University of Pretoria to help drive economic development in South Africa. Collaborators in apparel, events, and hospitality management include (from left to right) Iowa State assistant professor Jessica Hurst, associate professor Linda Niehm, professor Ann-Marie Fiore, University of Pretoria senior lecturer Gerrie DuRand, and Iowa State assistant professor Lakshman Rajagopal. Photo by Wyeth Lynch. Partnership aims to improve South African business outcomes

Iowa State University is working with the University of Pretoria to help drive economic development in South Africa.



Iowa State’s product development and technical design team in apparel, merchandising, and design includes (l to r) Young-A Lee, Ellen McKinney, Cheryl Farr, Fatma Baytar, Chunhui Xiang, and Eulanda Sanders (not pictured). Photo by Wyeth Lynch.Iowa State integrates science with apparel design, product development

A cadre of Iowa State University researchers is emerging on the national scene with its work of integrating science and technology with design — helping to improve apparel for law enforcement and others.



A study led by James Hollis, an assistant professor in food science and human nutrition, indicates that Americans who eat soup are less likely to be overweight. Photo of Thai Tom Yum soup by Rakratchada Torsap.Soup consumption may help to manage weight

With the chill of autumn setting in and more Americans turning to a piping hot bowl of soup to fight off the cold, a new study led by an Iowa State University researcher raises the possibility that eating soup more frequently may reduce the likelihood of overeating.



  • Research Support Opportunities

    The College of Human Sciences is sponsoring a special seed grant competition. The competition provides initial support to CHS faculty members for interdisciplinary, collaborative projects that can provide results likely to engender significant external funding.

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  • Contact Information

    Sarah Carlson
    515-294-0211
    scarlson@iastate.edu