Since returning to her alma mater, Dr. Hollowell has developed her research interests that includes the following: i) infusing research modules in the undergraduate science curriculum, ii) the impact of technology in the science classroom, and iii) studying what motivates students to learn science.
Dr. Hollowell currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the University's Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Undergraduate Science Education grant which is designed to make a competitive cohort of precollege STEM students, while at the same time engaging traditionally underrepresented students in laboratory research experiences. NCCU is also a participant in the Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (PHAGES) program supported the HHMI-Science Education Alliance. This initiative is a national experiment in research and education where science majors enrolled in the Introductory Biology course is given an authentic research experience in the laboratory. Dr. Hollowell is co-PI on this grant.
In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Hollowell has been recognized for her stellar teaching as a recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Biology (2006) and the NCCU Award for Teaching Excellence (2007).