KSU designated site for student research into drug abuse

Miriam Boeri

Undergrads nationwide can join professor’s research on suburban meth use KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan…

Georgia (Jan 27, 2011)Undergrads nationwide can join professor’s research on suburban meth use

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 27, 2010 ) – An ongoing investigation by a team at Kennesaw State University into suburban methamphetamine abuse is among 142 summer student research opportunities funded by the National Institute for Drug Abuse at institutions across the country.

Four undergraduate students in the social or allied health sciences can apply to join the research project led by Miriam Boeri, associate professor of sociology at KSU.  For almost five years, Boeri and her team have researched trends in meth use in the suburbs with more than $700,000 from NIDA, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health.

The 2011 Summer Research with the NIDA program gives high school and undergraduate students a choice of research projects in social and life sciences at university sites as diverse as John Hopkins, Stanford, Yale and Duke, at hospitals, private research companies, municipal public health projects, and research institutes and medical centers at private and public universities in every region of the country.  The program is open to all students, but it targets those from ethnic and racial groups underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences.  Participants earn stipends of up to $4,000 for 10 weeks.

“This is a tremendous opportunity,” said Boeri, whose research will give students a chance to work in the areas of drug dependence, epidemiology, substance abuse prevention and treatment and HIV prevention.  “It’s extremely helpful for students to do research, both in terms of their academic experience and their resumes.”

Boeri said as many as 20 different students have worked on research with her over the years, but finding the funds to pay them is often a challenge.

“There are always three or four more students asking to participate than I have the funds to pay,” she said.  “The sociologist in me feels that everyone should be paid for their work and commitment.” 

Interested students must apply to NIDA, which selects all participants.  The application deadline is March 1. 

For more information about the NIDA summer research program, visit www.drugabuse.gov/pdf/sposummer.pdf

To learn more about the research opportunity with Dr. Boeri, look for research opportunity #39 at the above URL.


Kennesaw State University is the third largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 23,400 students from 142 countries.  

Contact/Writer: Sabbaye McGriff, 678-797-2550 or smcgrif1@kennesaw.edu 



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu