Honor Research Projects


All University Honors Program students are required to complete a senior research project. Alumni and current students have completed the following research projects:

  • A communication major and editor of the campus newspaper examined "Media Ownership and How it Affects the American Democracy."

  • Two nursing majors collaborated in writing "Burden or Privilege: Perceptions of Caring for a Loved One with Dementia," a conflict now facing many families.

  • Two international students and finance majors researched "The Subprime Mortgages: Whence They Came — Where They are Going," a topic of especially important concern.

  • An international student and marketing major focused on "How and Why International Public Relations are Different from the North American Model."

  • An English major and non-traditional student who returned to FDU after raising her family and pursuing a career in banking, wrote an original play, "The Scandal of Shakespeare's Sister." She produced and directed her work at an annual

  • NE-NCHC conference. She received the prestigious Portz Award at the NCHC national meeting for the quality of her research. Only three such awards are given each year to students chosen from among the 1,000 member institutions.

  • An electrical engineering major, in collaboration with a University faculty member and a staff member at Hackensack Medical Center, developed the hardware and software to interpret EKG patterns of patients with mitral valve disease. He also constructed an ECG Simulator to validate the results of his interpretations. The research project received first prize in an annual student competition, sponsored by an international professional society for electrical engineers.

  • An international student and finance major focused his research on a small, family-owned business in Colombia, South America. His project was titled "Nutricion del Cauca in America: Investigating a New Market" and sought to determine the feasibility of establishing an American subsidiary of his family's animal feed company.

  • A commuter student and communications major investigated "New York Newspapers: Coverage of the1964 Freedom Summer Project." He evaluated the impact of the press on the public's opinion of social issues.

  • A fine arts major painted a series of sideshow banners, which she displayed at the NCHC annual meeting in Chicago. The large banners were based on the personalities who appeared in sideshows at such locations as Coney Island, N.Y.

  • An international student and hotel and restaurant management major investigated "Tourism in Poland: Economic Importance and Methods of Data Collection."

  • A nursing major explored "Nurse Practitioners: Public Knowledge vs. Public Use of Primary Care Services."

  • A communications major and professional songwriter/pianist/singer/guitarist focused his research on "Music in the Films of Martin Scorsese: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Age of Innocence and Casino". He also toured with the company of "Tony and Tina's Wedding" in both the U.S. and Japan.

  • A history major studied the "Socio-Economic Impact of the Military-Industrial Complex in the Post-War Era."

  • An accounting major and track star investigated "The Impact of Ethics and Moral Judgments on Auditors' Decisions."

  • An international student and finance major sought to answer the research question: "What Effect Does the Monetary and Economic Reform of the European Union Have on Germany and its Surrounding Countries?"

  • A computer science major developed a robotic system to assist disabled persons with activities of daily living. His project involved developing the software for a disabled person to use a mental/physical interface to operate a wireless remote controlled robot with a video camera to insure personal safety. He presented his work to a professional group in Hong Kong and shared his research results at the Northeast Region's annual conference in Hartford in March 2008.

  • An international student from Brazil studied the Jewish community of his native city Recife. He followed the path of their eventual migration to New York City and the impact their descendants had on the city's cultural, educational and business life.