Project Ideas Inventory

Accounting

  • How would Spring Hill annexation affect resident tax rates?
  • How well is United Way's VITA program meeting its intended outcomes?

Africana Studies

  • How can the African American Museum of the Arts increase its reach?
  • How much knowledge do DeLand residents have about Spring Hill racial history?
  • What is the minimum and maximum amount of funding that should be considered for reparations for descendants of people who were enslaved in Western Volusia County?

American Studies

  • Do Volusia County Schools civic education programs increase civic engagement in students?
  • What are the names of people who were enslaved in western Volusia County before abolition?
  • What is the minimum and maximum amount of funding that should be considered for reparations for descendants of people who were enslaved in Western Volusia County?

Anthropology

  • How does the African American Museum of the Arts increase resident's knowledge of DeLand history?
  • For which culture do ESOL students have the most affinity?
  • How do community members interact with downtown murals and understand their history?

Aquatic and Marine Biology

  • Do the Marine Discovery Center's educational programs increase public knowledge and involvement in issues of marine biology?
  • How does the Water Institute improve community health outcomes?
  • What is the impact of invasive catfish populations on the local environment?

Art

  • Does Citrus Grove Elementary's DaVinci Program improve reading and artistic competencies?
  • What are the most effective strategies for increasing interest and accessibility for community participation in art museums?
  • What are the barriers to community access of the Hand Art Center?

Asian Studies

  • How much knowledge do DeLand residents have about Eastern religious beliefs and practices, and how do those contribution to cross-cultural attitudes and beliefs?
  • What resources are available for speakers of Asian languages in school ESOL programs?
  • What are the biggest concerns and needs for community members with Asian ethnicities?

Biochemistry

  • What is the relationship between water quality and health outcomes in DeLand/Spring Hill?
  • What is the relationship between pesticide use in food production and water quality/soil health in Volusia County?
  • What is the relationship between soil quality and availability of fresh produce in DeLand/Spring Hill?

Business Administration

  • What resources are available for entrepreneurs and business owners in Spring Hill?
  • What skill areas and types of jobs does the community report interest for obtaining?
  • What is the impact of Mainstreet DeLand Association's community programs?

Business Law

  • What local policies and regulations are barriers for business owners in Spring Hill?
  • What are the best practices for LGBT+ inclusive business policies?
  • What are the legal implications for Stetson adopting a position as a "sanctuary campus" for undocumented students?

Business Systems and Analytics

  • How can the Early Learning Coalition create and improve a database for all non-profits completing early childhood developmental screenings?
  • Does the Volusia Coalition for the Homeless' coordinated entry program meet its intended outcomes?
  • What are the most effective models for non-profit grant database platforms?

Chemistry

  • What are the lead levels for water supply in vulnerable communities with underfunded infrastructure?
  • Do Volusia County Schools students have opportunities to connect STEM with real-world skills and community engagement work?
  • What is the impact of the Stetson Institute for Water and Environmental Resiliency?

Communication and Media Studies

  • Which areas of DeLand receive the most representation in local media?
  • Which media platforms and resources are available for non-profit and governmental agencies?

Computer Information Systems

  • What computer and technology competencies do DeLand High School seniors have when graduating?
  • How many jobs in Volusia County require computer science and technology competencies?
  • What are the most effective models for non-profit grant database platforms?

Creative Writing

  • Which skills related to creative writing (writing, creativity, problem solving, enjoyment of learning) are most needed in Volusia County Schools?
  • What are best practices for including creative writing in high school curriculum?
  • How much student interest is there for creative writing programs in schools?

Digital Arts

  • How effective is Persimmon Hollow's local branding campaign?
  • What are the most effective digital marketing practices for nonprofits?
  • What resources and programs are available for youth interested in digital arts? How effective are these programs?

Economics (School of Arts and Sciences)

  • What is the economic impact of annexing Spring Hill into the City of DeLand?
  • What is the economic impact of New Smyrna Beach's single-use plastic ban?
  • What is the economic history of the Spring Hill community?

Economics (School of Business Administration)

  • What is the economic impact of the Spring Hill community redevelopment agency?
  • What economic barriers exist for business owners in the Spring Hill community?
  • What is the economic history of the Spring Hill community?

Education

  • What factors do teachers self-report as to why they are leaving the profession?
  • What are the most effective strategies for improving parent involvement in schools? How do these improve learning outcomes?
  • How much intrinsic motivation do students have for learning and academic/career success in Spring Hill schools?

English

  • What resources are available for adults in DeLand seeking to improve their literacy skills?
  • Does Citrus Grove Elementary's DaVinci Program improve reading and artistic competencies?
  • What is the impact of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library on literacy rates in Volusia County?

Entrepreneurship

  • What resources are available for entrepreneurs and business owners in Spring Hill?
  • How can Overlap DeLand increase its reach and impact?
  • How much interest do local businesses have for becoming Green Building Certificatied by Green Volusia?

Environmental Science

  • How can local businesses decrease their consumption of water resources?
  • How does participation in environmental education programs, such as the Marine Discovery Center, correlate with environmentally friendly personal habits?
  • How can the Flood Resilient Lawns program increase its reach and impact?

Family Enterprise Management

  • What resources are available for family owned businesses in DeLand?
  • How much interest do family-owned businesses show for Green Volusia's Green Business Certification program?
  • What are the most effective strategies for implementing corporate social responsibility programs with family-owned businesses?

Finance

  • How well does United Way's financial literacy and Campaign for Working Families programs meet their intended outcomes?
  • What is the return on investment for federal grants received by the Lacey Family/Spring Hill Boys and Girls Club?
  • What are the most effective curricula for financial literacy programs in high schools?

Gender Studies

  • How do single gender classrooms improve educational outcomes at Woodward Elementary?
  • What community agencies provide resources and programming for women and children?
  • Are women proportionately represented in Volusia County governmental positions?

Global Development

  • What are the barriers for business revitalization in Spring Hill?
  • What is the economic impact of annexing Spring Hill into the City of DeLand?
  • What is the impact of current Volusia County Schools funding policies and procedures?

Health Sciences

  • How many Stetson students experience food insecurity throughout their time on-campus?
  • How well does Hispanic Health Initiatives improve its health outcomes?
  • What health resources are available for low-income families in DeLand and Spring Hill?

History

  • How well do DeLand High School seniors understand the history of their community?
  • Are students in more advanced history courses more civically engaged than their peers?
  • How does the West Volusia Historical Society increase knowledge of DeLand history?

International Studies

  • How well do Volusia County Schools prepare students with knowledge of international issues?
  • How does civics education impact voter participation levels?
  • With which international policies are local residents most concerned?

Journalism

  • Which areas of DeLand receive the most representation in local media?
  • How effective is DeLand High School's journalism program?
  • How does the Beacon represent the new commerce center in downtown DeLand?

Latin-American and Latino Studies

  • Are Volusia County Schools ESOL Programs meeting their intended outcomes?
  • What oral histories and traditions does the local Latino community have to share?
  • What local resources are available for undocumented students seeking college scholarships?

Management

  • What are the causes of low employee retention rates among Volusia County Schools teachers?
  • Do corporate social responsibility initiatives help employees feel more connected with a company?
  • How can non-profits attract and retain more highly qualified employees?

Marketing

  • How can Community Legal Servics of Mid-Florida improve community knowledge of their services?
  • How effective is United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties' "What's your Why?" campaign?
  • What are the best practices for non-profit resource development?

Mathematics

  • Does the Stetson Tutors math program at DeLand High School improve learning outcomes?

Music

  • What impact does Instruments of Healing have on its intended community?
  • What are the effects and learning outcomes of school music programs?
  • What are the most effective strategies for developing after-school music programs for K-12 students?

Philosophy

  • What is the impact of teaching logic and ethics to elementary students?
  • How do philosophy learning outcomes align with Volusia County Schools core education outcomes?
  • What are the best practices for introducing ethics into core K-12 curricula?

Physics

  • How does participation in the robotics club at Pine Ridge High School impact academic performance and motivation?
  • How effective is DeLand High School's physics education and department?

Political Science

  • What level of civic knowledge do DeLand residents have?
  • How effective has the policy on school resource officers been?
  • How does civics education impact voter participation levels?

Professional Sales

  • How can United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties better sell their story and mission to donors?
  • How can community members be trained for sales jobs?

Psychology

  • What mental health resources are available for DeLand/Spring Hill community members?
  • What is the prevalence of mental health concerns and use of mental health assistance services in Spring Hill?
  • How does an individual's perceived locus of control affect their performance in school?

Public Health

  • How effective is Volusia County School's sex education policy?
  • Is the Advent Health Community Cares program meeting its intended outcomes?
  • What are the health outcomes of the Flood Resilient Lawns program and other disaster prevention programs?

Public Management

  • What is the relationship between a Volusia County Schools student's civic engagement education and their level of involvement?
  • What are the benefits and barriers to implementing Green Volusia's Green Business certification program?
  • What has been the impact of the City of New Smyrna Beach's ban on single-use plastics?

Religious Studies

  • How much of an economic impact do local churches and religious groups contribute to the community?
  • What resources are available for minority religious groups in Volusia County?
  • What is the impact of religious community and identity for Spring Hill residents?

Russian, East European and East Eurasian Studies

  • How do Russian language speakers benefit from traditional ESOL programs?
  • How well does Volusia County Schools teach students basic knowledge about Russian history?
  • What is the prevalence of Russian language speakers in Volusia County?

Social Science

  • What mental health resources are available for Spring Hill residents?
  • How are different attitudes toward law enforcement distributed across the DeLand/Spring Hill community?
  • How much knowledge of civics and local history does the DeLand community have?

Sociology

  • What is the impact of the Chisholm Center's homework program?
  • How are different attitudes toward law enforcement distributed across the DeLand/Spring Hill community?
  • What is the prevalence and causes of frequent migration of families at Blue Lake Elementary?

Sport Business

  • How does the DeLand YMCA improve health and nutrition outcomes for low-income families?
  • What impact does the Daytona Tortugas baseball team have on the community?
  • What are the costs and benefits of Stetson expanding its golf team facilities?

Sustainable Food Systems

  • How much interest is there in the Spring Hill community for a mobile food market?
  • How effective is the Spring Hill community garden in bringing fresh food to the community?'
  • How does the school garden at McInnis Elementary affect student performance and behavior in the classroom?

Theatre Arts

  • Does Citrus Grove Elementary's DaVinci Program improve reading and artistic competencies?
  • Does the Athens Theater's youth programs reach a diverse demographic?
  • What is the relationship between theatre arts programs in schools and student achievement/motivation?

World Languages and Cultures

  • What are the outcomes of La Casa Cultural's ESOL programs?
  • How do Russian language speakers benefit from traditional ESOL programs?
  • Are ESOL students at DeLand High School less involved in extracurricular activities than their peers?