Bridging Disciplines, Breaking New Ground
Research in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences confronts 21st-century issues: safety and security; access to healthy foods; sustainable growth; and managing ethnic, religious and gender differences.
Scientific discovery and technical innovation are essential in facing these challenges, but they aren't sufficient. Our faculty are innovators in their own fields, advancing our understanding of how people think and act, both now and in the distant past. They include internationally renowned experts in digital humanities, linguistics, forensic science, foreign languages, communications, psychology, English history, archaeology and more.
Technical problems are never just technical. They have important social dimensions as well.
Kathleen Vogel, Director, Science, Technology and Society Program
Our researchers work with colleagues across the academic spectrum — from engineers and scientists to veterinarians and statisticians — to investigate how emerging technologies can address enduring problems. Their insights shape the way leaders and policymakers use new technologies.
Online Tool Aims to Help Researchers Sift Through 15 Centuries of Data
Digital humanities scholars from NC State University and Texas A&M University are launching BigDIVA, a powerful new system designed to help researchers more quickly and accurately sift through hundreds of thousands of archives and articles related to materials dating from 450 A.D. to the 20th century.
Advancements in science and technology generate social, ethical and political issues. Programs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are teaching students how to navigate these changing waters as they strive to make the world a smarter — and safer — place.
Research aims to reduce HIV/STD risk factors among teenage girls
Research led by NC State psychology professor Laura Widman aims to reduce young people’s risk of HIV and other STDs through a new web-based intervention program she developed for teen girls. Starting this fall, she and other researchers will see how effective the program, Project HEART, is with up to 300 teenagers in North Carolina.
Do You Read Me?
Engineers have their own way of talking about their work. Computer scientists often speak a different kind of code. Statisticians employ yet another specialized language. Get them all together and it can feel like a veritable Tower of Babel. That's why NC State’s Laboratory for Analytic Sciences invited experts in communication, social science, management and design to join them. Our communication researchers are working to improve collaboration among interdisciplinary teams analyzing big data projects.
When our research yields important results, the benefits of that work spread far and wide. Humanities and Social Sciences faculty play key roles at the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences and the Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities — NC State-led partnerships that are making the United States and the world more secure. As part of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center, we're exploring the ethical considerations around applying new technologies in nature.
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Our students also benefit from — and contribute to — our robust research culture. Working alongside faculty researchers, our graduate and undergraduate students apply classroom lessons in the real world, from studying ways to prevent child abuse in homeless shelters to uncovering medical errors. Engaging in research prepares our students for the world after graduation, whether they’re entering careers or going on to graduate school.
Our network of government, industry and community partnerships puts the results of our research into the public’s hands. Through a series of centers and institutes, we work closely with the societal actors who confront grand challenges: nonprofit organizations; local, state and federal agencies; and everyday citizens.
Institutes and Centers
The Institute for Nonprofits leverages the expertise and commitment of faculty, students, staff and community partners to bolster the work of nonprofit agencies. Through research, education and engagement, the Institute builds capacity and develops future nonprofit leaders.
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The Khayrallah Center is dedicated to research about the Lebanese diaspora in the United States and throughout the world, and to disseminating this knowledge to the scholarly community and general public.
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The Center for Family and Community Engagement supports safe, healthy and productive families and communities. The center provides training, program support and evaluation on family-centered meetings as it partners with organizations throughout the state, nation and world.
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The Forensic Sciences Institute is an affiliated program that advances forensic science methods and technologies; educates and trains students, law enforcement professionals and K-12 educators; and promotes public understanding of the role and impact of the forensic sciences on society.
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Reinforcements for Researchers
Research begins with a question and ends with new insights. The path in-between can be a long, arduous one where progress is incremental and challenges abound. We've built an infrastructure at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences that supports faculty through every step of the research process, from crafting grant proposals to sharing results.
The Office of Research and Engagement includes experienced professionals who can offer financial and administrative guidance during proposal preparation, examine proposals before submission and ensure compliance with regulations set by funders, including the university and state and federal agencies.
Humanities and Social Sciences Research Blog
Aug 22, 2016
Nominations Open for the O. Max Gardner Award and the Holladay Medal
The university has announced that nominations are open for several awards. The process for two of these major awards will be managed by the Research Office. These areRead more »
Aug 17, 2016
Research Development and Grant Writing News
The August 2016 issue of Research Development and Grant Writing News has been posted to: go.ncsu.edu/research-news. This is a remarkably useful resource for anyone seeking external support for their scholarship.
Aug 15, 2016
Welcome to the 2016-17 Academic Year from the Research Office
Welcome back from what I hope was a productive and enjoyable summer! As you can tell from the increased traffic and students coming to campus, the new school year is upon us.I have visited several departmental faculty meetings this term, and hope to visit some more before we get too deep in the semester. This blog post will summarize some of the things I've said so far--and will say if I've not yet met with your department.Read more »