Undergraduate Research Club

URC LogoThe Undergraduate Research Club (URC) is a Registered Student Organization dedicated to promoting undergraduate research and creative activity at Kennesaw State University. Here are just a few things you can do as a member of the club:

  • Learn more about how to get started in undergraduate research, how to find a mentor, how to publish and present your results, and how to get funding for your project.
  • Help sponsor the Symposium of Student Scholars each year.
  • Conduct research as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Our mission is to promote an environment of undergraduate research on campus, to advance and disseminate the theory and practice of research, to provide members with opportunities for professional socialization in a research environment, to promote research that benefits the community, and to foster relationships among like-minded peers who are also interested in research. URC is open to all KSU students.

    1. Thursday August 30, 2018 from 5:00pm - 6:00pm in Clendenin, Room 1009 (Kennesaw Campus)
    2. Thursday September 13, 2018 from 5:00pm - 6:00pm at the Burruss Institute (3333 Busbee Dr NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144)
    3. Thursday October 18, 2018 from 5:00pm - 6:00pm in Bagwell Education Building, Room 119 (Kennesaw Campus)
    4. Thursday November 15, 2018 from 5:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Each year, the Undergraduate Research Club conducts team-based research projects that are decided on by the membership at the beginning of the academic year. Each team is led by an officer who has experience in undergraduate research. The projects are submitted to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research each year and are presented at KSU's annual Symposium of Student Scholars. You can view the current research projects here.
  • Symposium of Student Scholars Committee

    • Publicize the event
    • Put together the program
    • Set up the day before in the Convocation Center
    • Take photos during the event
    • Staff the registration table
    • Clean up after the event
    • Serve as moderators during oral presentation sessions (e.g., keep on time, introduce speakers)

    Undergraduate Research Newsletter Committee

    • Working with the faculty advisor to find good stories
    • Interviewing people (current students, alumni, faculty mentors, etc.)
    • Writing stories for the newsletter
    • Learning to use InDesign to format the newsletter

    Marketing Committee

    • Work to facilitate faculty mentors and undergraduate researchers working together at KSU
    • Increase student awareness of URC both on campus and online
    • Help with promotional materials for URC

     Community Outreach Committee

    • Establish relationships with the community
    • Set up community service projects (school supply drive, Big Shanty Parade, conduct data analysis and reports for businesses and nonprofits, etc.) 
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Officers and Contact Information

General inquiries can be sent to urckennesaw@gmail.com

  • Sharon Kaur

    Sharonjeet Kaur, President

    skaur3@students.kennesaw.edu

    Sharonjeet, a biology major, was the head researcher for the "Health Behaviors in College Students" studies conducted by the Undergraduate Research Club. In 2017, the study analyzed the health behaviors of freshman students. In 2018, the study analyzed and compared various health behaviors of students in all years of college. Her group's research was accepted for presentation at the 2017 and 2018 National Conference on Undergraduate Research as well as the 2017 and 2018 Symposium of Student Scholars. Sharonjeet is interested in public health research, aspires to become a physician, and is very involved in bettering the health of her community. 

    • Alyssa Venn

      Alyssa Venn, Vice President

      avenn1@students.kennesaw.edu

      Alyssa is a computational and applied math major with minors in applied statistics and data analysis and psychology. She has been a member of the Undergraduate Research Club for the previous two years before currently serving as vice president.  Alyssa started with a project focused on the physical, mental, and emotional health of college students, which was expanded upon the next year. She has also completed independent research on the video game World of Warcraft, and worker safety in the energy fields, which was awarded the Birla Carbon Grant. She has presented multiple projects at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, as well as the Symposium of Student Scholars, Analytics Day 2018, R Day 2017, the Southeast SAS Users Group Conference 2018, and the Birla Carbon Conference 2018. Fun fact: she loves doing research in her spare time, just for the fun of it, and when she's not, she's probably playing WoW or Overwatch. 

      • Robbie Cronin

        Robbie Cronin, Treasurer

        rcronin3@students.kennesaw.edu

        Robbie is a chemistry major with a minor in criminology. This is his second year at KSU and his first year as an officer. Last year Robbie conducted research on a new term, phubbing, which is the process of snubbing a person with an electronic device, usually a smartphone. This research was presented both at the 2018 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) as well as the Symposium of Student Scholars. Robbie will also be working on faculty-directed research in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry this year.

        • Anjie Adeyemo

          Anjie Adeyemo, Secretary

          aadeye11@students.kennesaw.edu

          Anjie, in her third year at Kennesaw State University,  is a biology major with a minor in applied statistics and data analysis. Last semester, she conducted research on infant mortality rates and how it is influenced by race and geographic location. This research was presented at Analytics Day in 2018. This year she will be working on research in biochemistry in Directed Methods. Anjie aims to be a pediatrician in the future, and also conduct research in biostatistics. 

          • Amy

            Dr. Amy Buddie, Faculty Advisor

            abuddie@kennesaw.edu

            Dr. Buddie is the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Professor of Psychology. She has served as the faculty advisor for the Undergraduate Research Club since its inception in 2011. She has been the faculty mentor of the club's research projects and works with URC to coordinate the Symposium of Student Scholars.  

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