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Apparel, Textiles and Design Research

Apparel, textiles and design faculty support students who wish to pursue independent research projects or creative scholarship as part of their undergraduate studies and students seeking deeper research through a master’s program. Students have access to studios and equipment and are supported by faculty mentors. There are opportunities to collaborate with programs outside of apparel, textiles and design.

Undergraduate research

Students are encouraged to apply for funding through the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences.

  • Claire Smith, 2024, Improving Biometric Data Collection for Female Athletes, funded by the Office of Undergraduate Research. Read Claire’s story.
  • Tess Richardson, 2023, Knitting Machine Exploration: A Comparison of Knit Stitches and Materials, funded by the Office of Undergraduate Research
  • Asiah Brazil-Geyshick, 2023, Kombucha as a Sustainable Textile Source, funded by the Office of Undergraduate Research. Read Asiah's story.
  • Torrey Long, 2023, Using Wet Molding to Transform Post Consumer Leather, Undergraduate Research Project, funded by the Office of Undergraduate Research
  • Micayla Dougherty, 2023, Best Dressed in the West: Western Rodeo Menswear Tailoring Project, funded by the Office of Undergraduate Research
  • Rachel Houle, 2022, Intersection of Function & Farm Through Convertibility in Women's Outdoor Jackets. Read Rachel's story.

Graduate research

Students pursue a M.S. Family and Consumer Sciences and focus their content in apparel, textiles and design studies.

  • Maggie Zee, 2023, The Effect of Different Retting Methods on hop (H. lupulus) Fiber Quality for Small-Scale Textile ProductionRead Maggie's story.
  • Patrick Brown-Hayes, 2021, Redefining Fashion Consumption and Closing the Gap of Circularity Within the Fashion Supply Chain
  • Joyce Sun, 2020, Priceless or Price — less: Challenges of Understaffed Collections, A case study of the Leila Old Historic Costume Collection

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Research faculty

Sonya Meyer

Professor & Collections Manager

Niccolls Building, Room 302A


Undergraduate research faculty

Niccolls Building, Room 205


Lori Wahl

Senior Instructor

Niccolls Building, Room 200



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