Research Projects by School or College

Hampton University is pursuing research and scholarships that enrich, inform, and influence classroom teaching; our achievements continue to gain national and international recognition.

School of Business

  • The Eastern Seaboard Intermodal Transportation Applications Center (ESITAC) research projects include:
  • Evaluation of bridge cables;
  • Predictive models for vehicular traffic accidents at signalized intersections in Norfolk, VA;
  • Infrastructure renewal;
  • Environmental stewardship.

School of Engineering & Technology

  • The Center for Aeropropulsion (CAP) research projects include:
  • Development of new concepts for improvement of air-breathing propulsion systems;
  • Examination of the proposed concepts using NASA experimental test facilities as well as other institutions facilities;
  • Fabrication and use of fiber optic interferometric sensors for parameterization of elevated temperature environments;
  • Investigation of the spouted bed technology;
  • Catalytic reforming of heavy hydrocarbons for the production of hydrogen. Fuel cell use is a viable alternative for applications in ground and air transportation, and in power generation; the fuel of choice for fuel cells, hydrogen, can be supplied from a distribution network or it may be produced on board for transportation applications.

School of Pharmacy

  • The Institute for Faculty Development (IFD) is conducting research in the areas of:
  • Chalcon analogues/w selective sigma receptor ligands on Breast Cancer cell proliferation;
  • Chlorpyophos effects on glial cell development;
  • Ecstasy metabolites and the serotonin transporter system;
  • Ecstasy effects on apoptosis;
  • Hepatocyte metabolic response to ecstasy metabolites;
  • Herbal effects on apoptosis ln Pc12 cells;
  • Herbal effects on apoptosis in Alzheimer's Disease cell lines;
  • Synthesis of Ecstasy metabolites.

School of Journalism & Communications

  • The Masculinity Project (a national multimedia project focused on African American men)

School of Liberal Arts

  • The Behavior Sciences Research Center (BSRC) supports, promotes and nurturesresearch activities at Hampton University by bringing together behavioral scienceresearchers in the Departments of Education, Psychology, and Sociology in the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Nursing. The Center provides coordination and facilitation of institutional infrastructure activities needed to:
  • Increase funded research;
  • Strengthen faculty research capacity;
  • Provide rigorous undergraduate research training;
  • Foster collaboration with productive high research institutions.
  • All BSRC research projects:
  • Use African American participants;
  • Use culturally sensitive techniques;
  • Consider the role of social class along with ethnic and racial differences;
  • Use advanced multivariate statistical techniques to determine the role of social, ethnic, and racial factors.

School of Nursing

  • The Hampton-Penn Center to Reduce Health Disparities is currently conducting research to:
  • Develop methodologies that are sensitive to answering research question from diverse communities;
  • Increase the training of researchers from majority and minority institutions who conduct culturally competent research;
  • Foster research designed to reduce health disparities through a pilot funding mechanism;
  • Enhance the career development of minority health investigators (from undergraduate through faculty) who are conducting research designed to promote health and prevent disease through culturally competent research designs and interventions.
  • HU Providing (Healthy) Options With Empowering Resources (HU POWER )is currently conducting research to:
  • Improve the access to chronic care for low income, uninsured and under-insured adults in the Hampton roads Area;
  • Assess the current and improve the unintentional injury prevention behaviors of children and parents among HU Nursing Center and PICH clientele;
  • Enhance the knowledge base about the use of the Chronic Care Model in client health care delivery;
  • Test the efficacy of a health promotion empowerment program;
  • Test the efficacy of a health promotion program in selected religious institutions;
  • Develop an integrated clinical information system to share data with PICH.
  • The Hampton University Health Disparities Reduction Project (HDRP) is currently conducting research to:
  • Reduce health disparities through a pilot / feasibility funding mechanism;
  • Foster the generation and testing of culturally specific, health related theories and interventions from a multidisciplinary perspective;
  • Establish a means for enhancing community involvement as research is conducted and disseminated;
  • Expand the number of minority researchers involved in minority health issues.

School of Science

  • The Center for Advanced Medical Instrumentation (CAMI) is currently conducting research in the areas of:
  • Brachytherapy;
  • Gamma Camera;
  • Geant4;
  • Proton Therapy.
  • The Center for Atmospheric Sciences (CAS) is currently leading experiments that employ:
  • Atmospheric limb emission (SABER);
  • Solar occultation (SAGE II, SAGE III, HALOE);
  • Active nadir sensing using lidar (CALIPSO).
  • The Center for the study of the Origin and Structure of Matter (COSM) key research includes:
  • Barrel Transition Radiation Tracker (inner detector) construction for ATLAS;
  • Physics simulations for ATLAS;
  • PRIMEX and HKS at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility ;
  • Advanced detector and software research and development.
  • The MINERvA project seeks to measure low energy neutrino interactions both in support of neutrino oscillation experiments and also to study the strong dynamics of the nucleon and nucleus that affect these interactions.