Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities

Students in the department have opportunities to actively present their research and creative projects at Methodist University's annual Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium and other state-wide and nation-wide undergraduate research programs. Here are some selected past research abstracts:

Topic: Coffee Time Social App
Student: Davor Pranjić
Mentor: Dr. Terry C. House

Abstract:
Coffee Time Android app lets its users organize meeting with their old friends, and meet new people in the area with similar interests. By implementing Facebook, our solution enables our users to quickly and easily set up the app, find their friends for hanging out and send them a quick invite. By implementing GPS, our solution enables its users to also meet people of similar interests in the area who’ve checked in recently and are up for a coffee and meeting someone new. For organizing meetings, the app uses a simple interface oriented to casual meetings, and for finding new friends we implement a simple filter for interests, with the whole philosophy based on the campus roommate algorithms. We believe our solution will be useful to many – in a world where people tend to project their whole personalities into their social network accounts and almost forget about human contact, we’re providing a solution that actually uses all the social network info, publicly stated likes and dislikes, to help people get out and meet for a coffee, tea, movie or whatever it is that connects them with their old or potential new friends.

Presented at the 2016 North Carolina Undergraduate Research Symposium at North Carolina Central University in Durham NC (SNCURCS).


Topic: Hotel Management Advanced Application
Student: Elvis Kahric
Mentor: Dr. Terry C. House

Abstract:
Because I come from a country that is said to still be in development, our cities are not as equipped with modern technology. Thus, as a project for my Computer Science course in Visual Basic, I have decided to make an advanced application. Throughout the research, I communicated with the manager of a local hotel in Una called Hotel Eki. With his input, I decided to create the “Advanced Hotel Management Application.” We concluded that for the proper functioning of this hotel, an application like this will be necessary in future. The application itself is connected with SQL database, which allows multiply entries, readings from database and editing as well as manipulating with information. The whole application is divided into two interfaces; the first one is for the management of the hotel, while the other application is for guests. The guest application allows guests to get information about the hotel, check their status as a guest, and check room availability, and enter the virtual gallery. The application for management has a slightly different GUI (Graphical User Interface). Managers are able to enter their own panel with tools such as payroll, services, guest check-in, and read-only database access. The application was made based on my own knowledge and it is easy to access for everyone.

Presented at the 2016 North Carolina Undergraduate Research Symposium at North Carolina Central University in Durham NC (SNCURCS).


Topic: Autism Daily Guide: A Quest For Independent Life
Student: Erik Fritts
Mentor: Dr. Terry C. House

Abstract: Currently youth individuals in the Autism Spectrum Disorder are assisted in performing primary daily tasks by caregivers who use prompting techniques along with visual aids to keep them on task throughout their day. With the digital technology grows so fast and youth generation engaged in the digital world, I believe mobile technology guardians will provide a better solutio. This research aims to design an Autism Daily Guide mobile application that will allow youth in the Autism Spectrum Disorder to achieve a sense of independence in their daily livings.

Presented at the Methodist University Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium.


Topic: A Civil War Program to Support Education and Tourism in North Carolina
Student: Larry French
Mentor: Dr. Terry C. House

Abstract: In this project, a Civil War Software for North Carolina is designed with a special emphasis on Education and Tourism. It highlights the Civil War special battlefield sites and museums of the state, which helps the users to gain a better understanding of our past history from 1861 to 1865 and encourage them to visit these sites throughout North Carolina. With information and visual effects, the software shows how each area and battle affected the whole scope of the war within North Carolina in general. It also breaks down the strategy, tactics and the campaigns that wage throughout North Carolina and how it impacted the Confederate Army and ultimately led to its demise.

Presented at the Methodist University Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium.


Topic: A Database Application for "The Care Clinic" of Fayetteville NC
Student: Jeremy Lee
Mentor: Dr. Terry C. House

Abstract: The CARE Clinic, located in Fayetteville, NC, has been operating for 10+ years to provide free quality health care to the Cumberland County community. However, with the digital technology ever growing, the CARE clinic is fall far behind technologically. The primary research goal of this project is concerned with designing software for assisting The Care Clinic in handling everyday tasks like keeping records of their donors and volunteers, organizing annual fundraising events and keeping track of all incoming donations.

Presented at the Methodist University Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium.


Topic: The MU Market Exchange
Students: Melvin Perez Hidalgo and Lemuel Nicholls
Mentor: Dr. Terry C. House

Abstract: The "MU Market" application will allow Methodist University (MU) students, staff, and faculty members to sell, buy, and rent items to each other over a local server based network. It will be accessible with a direct link from Methodist University website. However, only person with a valid and active MU email will be able to add, edit, or remove advertisements. The "MU Market website" will facilitate the marketing, communication, and listing of products; however, for security purposes, it will not provide an option to process any financial transactions.

Presented at the Methodist University Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium.


Topic: Web-based Academic Advising Tool
Students: Chris Banks and Lawrence (Danny) Dawson
Mentor: Dr. Tat Chan

Presented at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS).


Topic: Database System for Campus Housing
Student: Maida Elezovic
Mentor: Dr. Tat Chan

Presented at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS).


Topic: "Loss of Life and Revenue" - A Justification for Proposed EMS (Ambulance) Minimum Billing
Student: Frank Devico
Mentor: Dr. Tat Chan

So Emergency Medical Service companies can track and document types of dispatched calls, EMS calls are generally dispatched as ALS (Advance Life Support) or BLS (Basic Life Support). Sometimes when an EMS crew arrives on a scene; after assessing the patient, the patient refuses transport to a local care facility. In accordance with the current standard, when a patient refuses a transport, the EMS company collects $0.00 in fees. With many refusals across the county the EMS companies lose revenue. Furthermore, when a patient refuses transport, it places a more critical needs patient on standby or pending status and cause a loss in life. When an EMS crew is dispatched, the 911 operator assigns an EMD (Emergency Medical Dispatch) code to that call, again after assessing the patient the EMD code may be downgraded or upgraded.

This database software will track dispatched calls. Some information contained in this database will be date and time of the call, who responded to the call, the EMD code, patient billing info, and care facility. With this information, it can be determined the number of calls, by date or patient, that are refused, causing a loss in revenue. It is the hope of this developer to provide a tool for EMS Company to lobby legislation to at least bill a minimum fee for non-transported or refused calls.

Presented at the Methodist University Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium.

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