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Humanity has faced pandemics since the beginning of time. The twentieth century saw multiple influenza pandemics, and now we are facing a COVID-19 pandemic caused by a coronavirus.

Coronaviruses are not new to humans or even to you. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses best identified by the crown-like spikes that cover their surface (corona is Latin for 'crown'). Coronaviruses cause upper-respiratory tract illnesses like the common cold and the 2003 SARS and 2012 MERS outbreaks. In the winter of 2019, a new coronavirus, now officially called SARS-CoV-2, emerged in Wuhan, China. The virus made the jump from animals to humans and causes a disease called COVID-19. For some people, often children and young adults, SARS-CoV-2 causes few or no symptoms. For others it can lead to severe lung damage and even death. The virus can be spread fairly easily, including by people who are infected but display no symptoms, and as a result, we are in the middle of a global pandemic, with nearly all countries in the world reporting an increasing number of infected individuals. Scientists and health professionals around the globe are working hard to rapidly learn more about this new coronavirus and the disease it causes and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Student Project Ideas in the Age of Covid-19

Assigning student projects are fraught in the best of times. Will students go to the library? Will they ask for help if they are lost? Will interlibrary loan be able to even find the materials they need? Will you as a teacher be able to see them struggling in class and offer help? Questions like this are now exacerbated by the Pandemic, where we might not even see our students on screen. And with so many academic avenues closed to them, how in the world are we to provide them with meaningful student research projects?

With more and more archives and resources being put online, some projects lend themselves to remote teaching, especially in arts and humanities. I hope you will think about these, which are easily adaptable to your own discipline, for your upcoming student projects! Before getting into specifics, be sure you advise your students to consider their strengths, talents, and skills and think about how to apply them. And have clear cut instructions for what they must or must not do.

The first student project to consider is the unessay , which I have blogged about previously. Remember, written final research papers often fill undergraduates with dread too, especially if the student in question does not feel that writing is a strong suit of theirs, or they see themselves as more creative. The “unessay” – created by historian Christopher Jones – allows students to bring their own disciplinary interests and expertise to bear on historical research. For example, a student in Public health could research the history of infectious diseases and early public health efforts in the Revolutionary periods, and then create public health posters for their project. A nursing major could write a short story about someone’s first day in a hospital during the Revolution, drawing on some person’s extant writings and other primary sources. A music performance major could compose an original piece of music about Revolution and freedom. I now give my students the option between a traditional research paper and an “unessay.”

The second idea is an online exhibition or timeline. Students pick a project, and after intense research, put together an exhibit on their topic. Websites like the Smithsonian offer incredible tips on how to set up an exhibit, how to tell a compelling story, and how to present it to a target audience. It also forces them to understand all the ways – cultural, political, legislative, etc. – that a story or event captures the minds of an audience. They must sift through contradicting viewpoints and find their own footing. All these skills are exactly the kinds of things that are useful for college students. I am using this project for my scandals and crime class, because stories that appear just fascinating to read also teach historical methods.

The third and final project idea is to get in touch with a museum or library or places on the web, and ask to help them work on a project. The Museum of Ventura County allowed my class to do primary source research on women of Ventura County for their upcoming exhibit on women’s suffrage . The Library of Congress has ongoing projects that need community help, like the transcription of diaries and letters on a variety of topics. For history students, they get practice learning how to read archaic handwriting. They also learn about the Library itself. And they get to contribute to public historical work. Finally, consider signing up your students for a project on Wikipedia Education . Students pick pages that are linked to the course and either add to the scholarship, create their own pages, correct mistakes, and create bibliographies. Last semester 3 of the 4 groups that completed this project had their work uploaded to Wikipedia. They are also now trained Wikipedia editors who can work on other projects. And it looks great on a graduate school application!

Why this might be a “fit” for your own classes: students may choose their own topics within the parameters of the course, they may present it in any way they choose, and it will be evaluated based on how compelling it is. Students must do actual research in scholarly books and articles and in primary source materials, including online databases and digital history projects relevant to their research. The idea here is to break open the corral of the traditional essays and projects and to encourage students to take a different approach to the assignment. It requires some creativity. But the results can be phenomenal!

What I discovered is that students doing the “unessay” did about 75% more research than those doing a traditional essay. I was struck by the sense of ownership to their projects and to their subjects. Most students ended up with incredible amounts of knowledge that could only be accomplished by deep reading and active engagement with sources. I remain humbled and grateful for the engagement of my students in topics that might have at first been new to them. Watching someone bring their own expertise to a foreign topic means that it is no longer a rote exercise, but one imbued with real meaning. It becomes real for them and they behave accordingly. I highly recommend you give these projects a try!

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Dr. Mitchell, I admire your creative approach to students’ projects. I look forward to implementing some of these ideas already this semester in the BUS525 (II) course I teach. Thank you for your insights and keep these good articles coming!

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Tackling coronavirus from every angle

Faculty from all seven of SDSU's colleges have risen to the occasion during the global COVID-19 pandemic. In dozens of projects - totaling more than $8.6 million in funding - researchers are analyzing how COVID-19 operates and spreads, how the pandemic affects our mental health and how communities are coping in the midst of crisis. Our faculty are developing best practices for testing, contact tracing, health care and education, and working diligently to bring many of these solutions to vulnerable communities here in San Diego and across the globe.

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COVID-19  Research Series Health Care Understanding the Virus Vulnerable Communities Addressing Mental Health Pandemic Response and Experience

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Eric Post , a professor in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, is studying the preparedness and challenges of athletic trainers at the NCAA Division I, II, and III levels as colleges and universities resume sport participation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Inside SDSU's Community COVID-19 Efforts

From contact tracing to testing and vaccine rollout, researchers pivoted quickly, launching critical programs to help san diego’s hardest hit groups., "when covid-19 began, our researchers pivoted quickly to help the community," said  hala madanat , interim vice president for research and innovation and a health disparities researcher. "we were able to do this mainly because of our longstanding relationship with local communities and the county, which is built on many years of trust.".

Community Efforts

School of Nursing professors   Amanda Choflet   and   Judy Dye   are collaborating with Sharp HealthCare to better understand the effect of COVID-19 on the stress, coping and anxiety levels of nurses. They conducted an anonymous survey and analyzde the relationships between the pandemic and mental health outcomes in nurses. By comparing outcomes across specialties, they will identify high-risk groups and work with the health system to prepare community-level interventions. Preliminary results found that a large portion of the surveyed nurses are at risk for clinically significant levels of anxiety and depression, and have also experienced some type of housing disruption. Choflet hopes the research can later be used to help inform best practices.

Surabhi Bhutani , a professor in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, is examining the relationship between loss of smell and taste and COVID-19. In partnership with colleagues, she has developed an international questionnaire to assess perception in smell, taste and chemesthesis before and during COVID-19. Preliminary findings indicate that in 4,039 participants diagnosed with COVID-19, smell, taste and chemesthesis was significantly reduced.

In another analysis of 15,000 questionnaire participants, Bhutani and colleagues found that smell loss during illness is the best predictor of COVID-19 status, This study resulted in the development of a COVID-19 rating tool that may be used to screen for recent smell loss.

Bhutani  is also considering the effect of home confinement during COVID-19 on weight gain. Researchers have found people ate more food and became more sedentary during quarantine. Factors like boredom, cravings and high sleepiness led people to eat unhealthy and be sedentary, while greater self-control, positive mood and low sleepiness led to better health behaviors. The research team is collecting a second wave of data from the same people to understand whether body weight and related health behaviors changed during quarantine.

Public health researchers   Hala Madanat, Susan Kiene,   and   Eyal Oren   are leading a $5 million National Health Institute-funded project to increase uptake of testing in underserved communities. In San Diego, Latinx residents are three times more likely than white residents to become infected with the disease, and they account for 61% of local hospitalizations, according to county figures. The research team is working to curb these disparities and improve outcomes for underserved communities. The effort, dubbed “Communities Fighting COVID!,” aims to test 42,000 people in 14 months.

Eyal Oren , a professor in the School of Public Health, is working with clinical partners in San Diego to collect information on COVID-19 cases in order to understand who is more likely to test positive for COVID-19 depending on characteristics like age, gender, ethnicity or occupation. His  $15,000 project is funded by San Diego County Health and Human Services. 

Reducing disparities

As a part of a $5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), public health faculty will partner with community organizations to deploy rapid COVID-19 testing throughout the San Diego region. The effort, dubbed “Communities Fighting COVID!,” aims to test 42,000 people in 14 months. 

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Lianne A. Urada , a professor in the School of Social Work, and a team of graduate students are conducting a "COVID-19 Mental Health and Wellness Survey" that will examine how the pandemic is affecting social workers, students and faculty self-care practices and ability to teach. Findings may inform social work education, policy and practices.

JoAnn Silkes , a professor in the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, is working to establish a reliable way of administering language tests remotely to patients with stroke-induced language disorders. The project was motivated by COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and quarantine, when in-person assessments were replaced with video assessments.

School of Public Health faculty  Guadalupe X. Ayala and Kristen J. Wells are leading a project to encourage participation in efforts aimed at minimizing and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in vulnerable communities. They will create a multi-channel communication campaign to promote COVID-19 testing, vaccine trial enrollment and vaccine uptake and identify hard-to-reach patients in San Diego and Imperial Counties . T heir $200,000 project is funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.  

COVID-19 is a novel virus that demands effective nurse decision-making under unique circumstances. Nursing professor Christine Nibbelink

School of Nursing professors Christine W. Nibbelink and Willa Fields are exploring factors that influence acute care nurse decision-making when caring for patients with COVID-19, such as patient deterioration assessments. The research team is surveying acute care nurses virtually. Their q ualitative research will explore previously unknown factors that guide nurse decision-making during a pandemic.

Thirteen million people in the U.S. may have latent tuberculosis. For these individuals, contracting COVID-19 could activate the bacterium and lead to a more severe form of the disease.   Faramarz Valafar , a professor in the School of Public Health, is conducting a multi-cohort study to investigate the synergy between TB, COVID-19 and AIDS, and their rates of transmission. 

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The relationship between COVID-19 and TB

“We have already seen the synergy between TB and AIDS, so it’s a distinct possibility,” said  genomics expert and TB researcher  Faramarz Valafar. “While having TB could make people more susceptible to COVID-19, the coronavirus can also help spread TB much faster, acting as a vehicle of transmission.”  

The relationship between COVID-19 and TB

School of Public Health researchers Richard M. Gersberg and Goran Bozinovic  are studying COVID-19 shed into San Diego wastewater. Their $4,000 project is funded by a local water district. Such testing has not occurred in San Diego, but in other areas studies have demonstrated a correlation between concentrations of SARS-CoV-2  wastewater and COVID-19 clinical case reports. The researchers are analyzing historical wastewater samples from the San Diego region and correlating results with clinical case data provided by San Diego County Health and Human Services for evidence of past and future SARS-CoV-2 circulation.

There has been limited research investigating adolescent mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic or previous pandemics. Nursing professor Young-Shin Lee is studying how adolescents are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on daily life, including anxiety, depression and academic performance. She is surveying middle and high school students in Southern California.

SDSU’s School of Public Health is partnering with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency to advance the county’s COVID-19 contact tracing program in underserved communities. The $3 million project, led by public health professors   Hala Madanat   and   Corinne McDaniels-Davidson , allows SDSU faculty to train and recruit community health workers to support the county’s disease control activities and to identify individuals believed to have come into contact with those diagnosed with COVID-19.

Public health professor  Susan Kiene   is   evaluating the effectiveness  the contact tracing program;   provide feedback on implementation effectiveness  and   community-identified barriers; and   help  inform refinements to continued program implementation.

Containing the spread

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As COVID-19 causes health care practitioners to move appointments online, School of Nursing professor  Philip Greiner  is working to improve the quality of telehealth access in Imperial County. In partnership with primary care partner Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, he is overseeing  development of best practices for telehealth, training workers and funding necessary equipment. His work  is funded by the U .S. Department of Health and Human Services  for $90,625 as a part of the CARES Act passed by congress in response to the pandemic. 

SDSU has partnered with the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency to train more than 300 nursing students to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. SDSU School of Nursing director Philip Greiner says many are already helping at vaccination sites across the county.

School of Public Health professors Kristen J. Wells and Susan Kiene are involved in a California-wide, academic-community partnership to identify community-engaged approaches for addressing COVID-19 prevention, treatment, clinical trial enrollment and vaccination in high-risk communities. The partnership compromises 11 academic institutions and their community partners to implement and coordinate locally-informed strategies statewide for education, research and policy. The alliance will share best practices, findings and develop system-wide culturally-competent, linguistically-relevant, and socially-considerate solutions in the form of policy changes, new infrastructure and standardized processes. SDSU’s share of the project, titled “Share, Trust, Organize, Partner: The COVID-19 California Alliance (STOP COVID-19 CA), is $320,000.

The SDSU site-specific project involves community health worker intervention for COVID-19 prevention and trial engagement, which will be implemented during the “teachable moment” of COVID-19 test results return.

College of Sciences

Biology professor  david lipson   is collaborating with san diego biotechnology company menon biosensors and university of california, san diego researchers to develop a new covid-19 test using a combination of molecular biology and nuclear magnetic resonance technology. they aim to create a high throughput testing system that circumvents the need for standard real-time polymerase chain reaction (pcr) testing..

College of Sciences psychology professor Jean Twenge  and Florida State University colleague Thomas E. Joiner compared levels of mental distress experienced by U.S. adults during the pandemic to pre-pandemic distress levels. Their study, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, found that during the pandemic adults were eight times more likely to experience mental distress compared to adults in 2018 . Twenge is also working on a study of mental health and time use among adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Chemistry professor Erica Forsberg is studying blood serum samples from Sharp HealthCare. She will perform untargeted metabolomics, looking for novel metabolites and biomarkers associated with COVID-19. She wants to understand unique biological mechanisms in COVID-19 positive patients.


COVID-19 risk and severity 

A large study of 50,000 people aims to explore COVID-19 risk factors and  determine what causes disease severity and long-term impacts.   This will help scientists understand why some people become so gravely ill they need to be hospitalized while others have a milder form of the disease.  

Understanding risk

Chemistry professor Byron Purse and his lab are launching a new project that uses fluorescent probes to search for inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2 replication. His lab is applying its expertise on fluorescent modifications of DNA and RNA to create methods for studying the replicative processes of coronaviruses. Other molecules that inhibit viral replication form the basis of possible drug leads, and fluorescence-based methods are very valuable for identifying these inhibitors quickly and efficiently.

Psychology researcher  Keith Horvath is studying how substance use and HIV may impact COVID-19 infections. He is researching how these factors interact with SARS-CoV-2 and how they impact pathogen levels by dysregulating the gut-immune system. His work is funded by a $100,000 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He is wokring with colleagues Adam Carrico (University of Miami) and Sabina Hirshfield (SUNY, Downstate Health Sciences University).

Psychology professors Gregory Talavera and Linda Gallo are studying the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic upon the health and well-being of Latinx residents of the South Bay region of San Diego. The research team is surveying some 2,200 participants on the psychosocial and socio-economic impact of the pandemic, as well as COVID-19 health status, testing, hospital admissions and recovery.  

The duo is also participating in a study  of 50,000 people from diverse communities nationwide to explore COVID-19 risk factors, predictors of disease severity, and its long-term impacts.This will help scientists understand why some people become so gravely ill they need to be hospitalized while others have a milder form of the disease.

Virology researchers  Forest Rohwer  and   Naveen Vaidya  are collecting and analyzing environmental samples for COVID-19. The research team is  developing mathematical and computational models to predict COVID-19 risk and trends in different parts of San Diego. The project informs public agencies about how the virus spreads and determines if there are environmental reservoirs where the virus thrives. Their work is funded by a $200,000 Rapid Response Grant from the National Science Foundation.


Understanding the virus

“In addition to improving our current knowledge of SARS-CoV-19, this research will be important for the continuing response to CoVID-19 and future pandemics,” said viral ecologist Forest Rohwer.  “This study will help us understand the ecology of viral-human interactions on surfaces, as well as train the next-generation of field virologists and modelers.”  

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can remain viable in aerosols for more than three hours. V irologist John Mokili is conducting a surveillance of the virus in the air of certain classrooms, labs and dormitories at SDSU, including rooms recently occupied by people who tested positive for COVID-19.

College of Education

Charlene Holkenbrink-Monk , a doctoral student in the College of Education, is surveying students at a San Diego charter K-12 school to collect and analyze their perceptions of how the school responded to the pandemic. She aims to ensure students and teachers are supported through a new and unprecedented teaching and learning experience.

College of Engineering

Several SDSU engineering professors and their students created low-cost assisted breathing devices as a part of a U.S. Department of Defense Hack-a-Vent Challenge in March. Mechanical engineer   Kevin Wood   and his lab created a prototype that can be assembled with readily available parts to help hospitals in case of a surge in very ill patients needing ventilator assistance. 

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Creative, low-cost solutions

“We have researchers who are showing creativity and initiative in trying to help with the pandemic, with low-cost options,” said former Vice President for Research Stephen Welter. “This skill base is wonderful for the region and the nation to draw upon during these testing times.”   

Civil, construction & environmental engineering professors  Natalie Mladenov and Matthew Verybyla , along with public health professor Kari Sant , are measuring SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater and evaluating its persistence in water. The researchers use spiking and degradation experiments, combined with sample collection from waterways with known wastewater contamination, to better understand the persistence of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater and surface water. The  $16,700 project is funded by  the California State University   COAST program and San Diego River Conservancy. 

Engineering professor Kee S. Moon  and a diverse group of researchers are working on an  SDSU Big Ideas project to create a lung digital health platform. COVID-19 has led to a permanent shift toward virtual health care and other innovations that reduce human-to-human contact, and Moon’s project will provide the ability to easily collect and understand the lung health information of people and quickly and remotely connect health care systems to health care providers, including overwhelmed hospitals. The benefits of continuous health monitoring – even when a person shows no signs of illness – offers a significant paradigm shift in future health care. 

Moon  has also helped to develop a wearable sensor the size of a Band-Aid, that can detect early, remote detection of lung function abnormalities. The wearable device contains medical-grades sensors, collecting more than 4,000 data points per second. Placed on a person’s chest, it monitors heart and lung health, looking for problems in real-time. The device can detect abnormalities in the lungs before a person shows COVID-19 symptoms, alerting doctors before there’s a true emergency and hopefully preventing hospitalizations.  

College of Arts and Letters

A team led by anthropologist EJ Sobo and public health researcher Noe Crespo is part of a national coalition working toward an equitable and effective COVID-19 vaccination rollout among historically underserved Black, Indigenous, and Latinx populations. The CommuniVax initiative promotes COVID-19 vaccines among groups that have endured disproportionate health and economic impacts from the pandemic. SDSU's team will focus on the South County region, conducting interviews with the Latinx population for thoughts on how vaccine roll-out programs should be designed and assisting communities with capacity building in support of future public health resilience.

CommuniVax: Engaging San Diego’s Latinx Community in Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

SDSU is part of a select national group that will synthesize community input for stakeholders to develop effective vaccination efforts.

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The Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age developed a comprehensive resource database to help monitor and visualize outbreak patterns in San Diego County using big data, GIS and social media. The Research HUB offers six areas of collected data, including vulnerability maps, San Diego ZIP code maps, timelines that track major policies and events for 16 major cities, and SMART dashboards that use social media and keywords to monitor real-time information. The “Vulnerability Map” visualizes and maps diabetes-related emergency department discharge information by age and location in San Diego County.

Visualizing the virus

“These web apps can help San Diegans get a clear picture about the challenges and problems we are facing now in our local communities. It will also reduce the spread of incorrect information in San Diego regions," said  Ming-Hsiang Tsou , director of SDSU's  Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age. "The Research HUB... could be instrumental to national and international stakeholders for public health response planning."

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Geography professor and Center for Information Convergence and Strategy co-director André Skupin amassed and analyzed data to create a public resource on coronavirus diseases.. Before COVID-19 resulted in a shutdown of much of the country, Skupin began sifting through thousands of documents related to coronaviruses, going back more than fifty years. He analyzed the data by focusing on bibliometric content from subject headings and keywords, and compiled it to swiftly develop a publicly accessible   knowledge map and dashboard . Since launching in March 2020, this unique resource has received   industry accolades   and global attention, with active users in 60 countries.

"It's really exciting to work on a project that matters." HDMA  cartographer  Jessica Embury, a senior.   Real-time Research

An interdisciplinary team of SDSU researchers affiliated with the  Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age is collaborating with an international group of collaborators led by Gabriela Fernandez  to collect and track information about social behaviors, travel and public health policies during the pandemic. SDSU researchers built the “ Track IT COVID-19 Screening Tool@SDSU ,” a large-scale survey seeking input from respondents from all over the world to help track the spread of the disease and provide a clearer picture of how people across the world experience the pandemic. The group wants to help educate public health organizations, decision makers and the general public as these groups address policies related to symptoms, social distancing, policy measures and social behaviors related to COVID-19.

Researchers from SDSU’s Youth Environment Society and Space (YESS) program created a clickable resource map for children and families living in La Mesa and Spring Valley.  The map enables a spatial search for resources such as emergency childcare, shelters and food banks; as well as more mundane but important resources such as public transit, parks and schools. Geography professor Stuart Aitken and graduate students Jasmine Arpagian, Michelle Dubreuil and Empress Holiday developed the resource based on UNICEF’s emergency response strategies under the Child Friendly City initiative.  (Map -- )

Sociology professor Joseph Gibbons , public health researcher Eyal Oren and SUNY Albany professor Tse-Chuan Yang are investigating how factors like race and social capital correlate with social distancing. They are using data collected from Google Maps to determine how visits to work, stores and recreational sites have changed since the start of the pandemic. The research team uses a spatial analytical method called Geographically Weighted Regression to see how social capital — the sum benefit of social connections — and racial and ethnic composition vary across locations, and how that affects social distancing across the country. 

So far researchers have found the benefits of social capital are highly stratified: in some cases it is related to more distancing while in others it is related to less distancing.  In short, some communities are more unified in resisting COVID-19 than others.

Bioethics of vaccination

Bioethicist Joe Stramondo on things to consider about prioritizing, underserved community concerns and rationing decisions.   " Since the pandemic began, essential workers have kept things going for the rest of us. We need to think about what we owe them, for the risks they take on a daily basis,” Stramondo said.  

Who gets it when

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In a recent study, economist Shoshana Grossbard  found U.S. states and European countries where the pandemic started later have experienced fewer deaths from the virus than other countries. They also show that in part this advantage of starting late may relate to learning from the success of various social distancing measures, including lockdowns and school closures. Advantages may also originate from medical advances in the treatment of COVID-19 since the virus first spread. The study, "Later onset, fewer deaths from COVID," published in the medical journal Pathogens and Global Health and was co-authored by University of Turin researcher Ainoa Aparicio Fenoll.

Political science professor Cheryl O'Brien co-authored a paper in the journal ‘Politics & Gender,’ arguing that the COVID-19 pandemic exposes a multidimensional continuum of violence that comprises authoritarian, exclusionary practices, and hierarchical relations that undermine democracy and the everyday security of nondominant groups.

Economist Joseph Sabia co-authored a study that explored the impact of President Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign kickoff rally on physical distancing and COVID-19 related outcomes. Researchers used anonymized smartphone data to track likely rally goers to their home counties, and did not detect spikes in COVID-19 cases in areas that drew larger numbers of rally attendees. 


Investigating risks

“Our work emphasizes the importance of offsetting behavioral effects in understanding the community health effects of large gatherings,” said SDSU researcher  Joseph Sabia.  

College of Professional Studies & Fine Arts

Colter Ray , a professor in the School of Communication, is examining loneliness trends during the COVID-19 pandemic and studying whether certain groups of people are more likely to experience loneliness. Using a series of online questionnaires distributed during the early months of the pandemic, this study inspects how people's experiences of loneliness during the pandemic change over time. Early results show that people are not reporting increases in loneliness over time; however, certain life situations are more likely to be associated with increased feelings of loneliness during the pandemic. For example, those who live alone and are not in a romantic relationship report the highest levels of loneliness. Ray's research has also shown that as people report greater levels of loneliness, the amount of compassion felt towards those affected by COVID-19 decreases.

The country and world have been rife with misinformation during the pandemic. Eyal Oren, public health researcher    Read in NewsCenter

School of Communication professor  Lourdes Martinez  and School of Public Health researcher  Eyal Oren   published a study in the American Journal of Public Health in October  2020 that analyzed tweets during San Diego's Hepatitis A outbreak in 2016 and 2017 . Researchers  say lessons learned from the  outbreak  about   misinformation during a health crises  can be applied to COVID-19 and possibly stem the current tide of misinformation and reverse direction with proactive engagement on social media. 

Barbara Mueller , a professor in the School of Journalism and Media Studies, is examining consumer responses toward COVID-19 corporate social responsibility advertisements. Investigators are comparing consumer responses from Germany and the U.S, across four different generations, including Gen Z, Millennial, Gen X and Boomer. 

Lourdes Martinez , a professor in the School of Communication, is studying information acquisition, beliefs, attitudes, experiences of symptoms and behaviors of adults who disclose a COVID-19 diagnosis on social media. Findings can help inform the design of future COVID-19 interventions. 

Shawn Flanigan and Megan Welsh , professors in the School of Public Affairs, are surveying unsheltered homeless to understand how people are coping and surviving during shelter-in-place orders, which have disrupted access to needed services and resources. . Their project is funded by a  $16,050 grant from the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program. 

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Impact on the unsheltered

“We’re very interested in shelter uptake and service uptake. With COVID-19, there’s been a move to want people in shelters and bringing people in hotel rooms. We’re curious how often people are being reached with those offers and how often they take up those offers. Do they want to take advantage of them? Or are they being pressured to by the police?” said public affairs researcher  Shawn  Flanigan.

Fowler College of Business 

Vivian Huangfu , a professor of management information systems, is exploring factors that influence the number of confirmed cases for COVID-19. She is collecting and analyzing data on weather information, COVID-19 related tweets and case numbers.

Xialu Liu , a professor of management information systems, is using statistical methods to analyze how government actions impact the spread of COVID 19.  

Professors Martina Musteen and Ami Doshi are working on an SDSU Big Idea Initiative that addresses food insecurity -- a global problem exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To encourage environmentally regenerative and socially equitable food production, distribution and consumption, the researchers are looking at alternative collaboration and business models that are inclusive and have the capacity to bring about fundamental change. Faculty will study food ecosystems and best practices across related industry domains, with the hope of brokering new ideas and setting in motion a lasting, sustainability-based policy agenda to curb food insecurity. 

School Project Topics



COVID-19 RESEARCH PROJECT TOPICS FOR UNDERGRADUATE AND POST-GRADUATES STUDENTS have listed useful research papers pertaining the areas of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Since Coronavirus is a contemporary issues all over the world, it is now necessary for academic researchers to come up with research project topics and materials on Coronavirus

School Project Topics professional researchers are the first to list Coronavirus research topics in Nigeria. The reason for listing this COVID-19 research project is because every project supervisors need a new project topics on trending issues


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  • The Effect of COVID-19 on Almajiri Educational System In Nigeria
  • Effect of Coronavirus outbreak on the academic performance of students in secondary schools
  • COVID-19 Pandemic and Economic Crisis: The Nigerian Experience and Structural Causes
  • The Effects Of COVID-19 Outbreak On The Nigerian Stock Exchange Performance: Evidence From GARCH Models
  • CORONAVIRUS:The Impact of Massive Infectious and Contagious Diseases and Its Impact on the Economic Performance
  • The Economic Implications of CORONAVIRUS Towards Global Economy
  • Impact Of Social Distancing On the COVID-19 Pandemic In Nigeria
  • The Correlation Between Weather And Covid-19 Pandemic In Africa
  • Advertising As A Major Tool Applied By The Government In Tackling Coronavirus
  • Impact Of Nigerian Television Authority Programme In Creating Awareness Campaigns On Corona Virus in Nigeria
  • The Impact of Social Media In A Fight Against Misinformation On CoronaVirus Epidemic
  • Investigating the cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Using dynamic statistical techniques
  • Ethnographical explanation of countries infected with Corona virus in Africa and their percentage
  • A mathematical model for simulating the phase-based transmissibility of a novel coronavirus
  • Healthcare impact of COVID-19 epidemic in Nigeria: A stochastic mathematical model
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Below are some of the science project ideas on COVID-19 for school and advanced projects for college students. The topics are given here to provide you the basic ideas so that you can draw inspiration to come up with your own idea. 

Projects on COVID-19 for School and College Students

  • Hand Sanitizing vs. Hand Washing ( PDF )
  • How do masks work to mitigate transmission?
  • How do different types of masks offer varying levels of protection?
  • To study the structure history and evolution of the COVID-19 virus
  • How COVID-19 vaccine works?
  • Collect information on COVID-19 cases in order to understand who is more likely to test positive for COVID-19 depending on characteristics like age, gender, ethnicity, or occupation.
  • Examine how the pandemic is affecting students
  • How adolescents are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on daily life, including anxiety, depression, and academic performance?
  • To survey and analyze the relationships between the pandemic and mental health outcomes
  • Effect of home confinement during COVID-19 on weight gain
  • To examine the relationship between loss of smell and taste and COVID-19
  • What is the best way to distribute the COVID vaccine equally across the globe?
  • What were the steps for developing a COVID-19 vaccine?
  • Do lockdowns help reduce coronavirus transmission?
  • Why was the percentage of people of color dying from COVID-19 higher than their percentage in the general population?
  • Why do some people with COVID-19 have digestive problems?
  • What is the best self-treatment for COVID-19 for mild cases who stay at home?
  • Where and when did COVID-19 start to infect humans?
  • Will mask-wearing become part of what we do to fight other diseases?
  • Why was there such a low incidence of flu in 2020?
  • How does COVID-19 compare with seasonal influenza?
  • What neurological effects are being seen in COVID-19 patients?
  • What is "flattening the curve?" Where did "Flattening the Curve" come from?
  • Why do people who are survivors of cancer have a greater chance of poor resistance to COVID-19? Or a greater chance of not having an effective vaccine response?
  • How is COVID-19 related to other human viruses (SARS, MERS, other coronaviruses)?
  • How does the coronavirus "spike protein" bind to human cell receptors?
  • What is "herd immunity" and how can that be developed for a virus?
  • Why do scientists not know if people who have had coronavirus will have immunity? 
  • What do we know about the differences between immunity in other viruses?
  • What is an antiviral drug and how does it differ from a vaccine?
  • What is a protease inhibitor and how does it work?
  • How is the effort to find treatments against COVID-19 changing the way drugs are developed and used?
  • Why does hand washing prevent infections?
  • What causes people to be at high risk for complications from COVID-19?
  • IoT-based Ambu bag compressing machine MD.ShuaibKhan
  • Design of combination drugs for the treatment of Covid 19
  • COVID-19 Android Mobile App 
  • Low-cost ventilator by a student 
  • Low-Cost Mask for Prevention of Spread of Covid-19
  • Preparation of Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer
  • Computational Identification, Validation, and Prediction of COVID 19 using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)
  • Short Wave Sanitizer 
  • Smart Sanitizer Tunnel
  • Emergency Ventilator Splitter
  • Solar-powered disinfectant sprayer 
  • Virtual Autopsy for Corona Patient Deaths
  • Auto-Visualisation system for Detecting the affected area in image-based Covid-19 Detection
  • Detection of COVID-19 using Deep Convolutional Neural Networks
  • Design and Development of Solar Operated Sanitizer/Disinfectant Sprayer
  • Cost-effective herbal disinfectant chamber for covid-19 sample collection kiosk BMSCE Students Projects
  •  Food Dispenser Unit for GROUP “B and C” quarantine peoples and workers not known with certainty of COVID 19
  • Fabrication of four/six-legged kinematic moving mechanism and spraying anti agents in the affected area of covid 19
  • Face shields for Doctors and Policemen
  • A smart system to handle COVID-19 biomedical waste. BMSCE Students
  • Non-Contact Fever and Respiration Monitoring System for Mass Screening
  • IoT Enabled Smart Sanitizer Vending Machine 
  • Design and fabrication to produce sanitized air with the help of a low-cost air purifier
  • Designing the low-cost isolation chambers for COVID 19 patients with effective filters

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