Upcoming Research Events

  • A researcher explaining their findings to an audience.

    Art, Human Development and Well-Being: Faculty Research in the Arts Colloquium

    Tues, Nov 10 • 2:00 pm
    Via ArtsKSU Virtual

    The rich research projects showcased at the second College of the Arts Faculty Research Colloquium consider the many roles that the arts play in fostering human development and well-being.

    Hosted by the College of the Arts Research Advisory Committee (COTA RAC)


Past Research Events

Fall 2020 COTA Undergraduate Research Forum 

Watch the videos below of our undergraduate students virtually presenting their arts-based research. Our Fall 2020 presenters are from all four units of the College of the Arts: School of Art and Design, Department of Dance, School of Music, and the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies. These presentations are hosted by the College of the Arts Committee for Undergraduate Research (COTA CUR). 

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Research Presentations

    • Jany Salinas

      Jany Salinas, School of Art and Design

      Advisor: Joe Thomas

      My name is Jany Salinas and I am a student of the School of Art and Design here at KSU studying animation! Besides art and art history my hobbies include writing and daydreaming about cartoons. My goal is to one day animate for a major studio and create some cool shows. For now, though, my goal is to create an entertaining presentation about egg tempera, so buckle up!  


      • Mary Peterson

        Mary Peterson, Department of Dance

        Advisor: Andrea Knowlton

        Mary Peterson is a sophomore dance major at Kennesaw State University and a second-year student in Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre’s Professional Training Program. She has had the opportunity to work with Terminus over the past three years, dancing alongside the company as a guest artist in their show “Modern Myths” and working as stage manager for their show “Looking Back Moving Forward.” Throughout high school, Mary spent four years dancing in the Gainesville Ballet Company as well as teaching ballet for the Gainesville School of Ballet and the Boy’s and Girl’s Club. In 2019, Mary suffered a third-degree ankle sprain and began the long road to recovery. This injury inspired the ankle injury rehabilitation research which she conducted during her “Dancer Wellness” course. She plans to continue researching ankle stabilizing exercises to prevent injuries in her future dancing career and hopes to help other dancers who have experienced ankle injuries.


        • Meghan_OHarra

          Meghan O'Harra, School of Music

          Advisor: Benjamin Wadsworth

          Meghan is working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory with plans to graduate in December 2020. As a student, they performed in the KSU Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra on bassoon. After graduation, they are planning to attend a graduate program for music theory. Long-term, Meghan wants to teach at the collegiate level and play in a community orchestra again.


          • Ira Eidle

            Ira Eidle, Department of Theatre and Performance Studies

            Advisor: Thomas Fish

            Ira Eidle is a Senior Theatre and Performance Studies Major with a concentration in Acting. He also holds a deep passion for disability justice, being an Autistic person as well as having a coordination disability. Most of Ira's theatrical work has been performance of self-narrative at Kennesaw State. Ira recently participated in The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network's Autism Campus Inclusion program this summer to learn how to better advocate for change in regard to disability on campus and off. He is starting a student organization related to neurodiversity called Neurodivergent Advocates of Kennesaw. After graduating this year, Ira is hoping to continue his advocacy and either obtain a Masters in Social Work (MSW) or a Masters in Disability Studies.