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.

Officer Names and Emails

  • Tatiana

    Tatiana Smithson, President tsmithso@students.kennesaw.edu

    Tatiana is an Environmental Science major with a minor in Biology. She in in her third year as the president of URC and has done many research projects both at KSU and outside of KSU in several disciplines. At KSU, she conducted research about college students' perception of clean water and also headed an URC research project on the treatment of the LGBTIQ KSU students. She presented both of these projects at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Fun fact: her favorite animal is dolphins! 

    • sarai2

      Sarai Bauguess, Vice President sbaugues@students.kennesaw.edu

      Sarai is a psychology major with a minor in applied statistics and data analysis. She was the treasurer of the club last year and is now the vice-president. Sarai started with doing a project about students’ alcohol consumption and the perceived fear of crime on campus. Last year, she did two projects: the first one was about how sleep and stress impact academic performance; the second involved the best ways of fundraising on a college campus. She has presented multiple projects at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Fun fact: She loves research and plans to get her masters in experimental psychology.

      • Emma

        Emma Evans, Treasurer eevans44@students.kennesaw.edu

        Emma Evans is a biochemistry major and the treasurer of the Undergraduate Research Club. She is the club's newest officer. Last year, she was part of the team that researched LGBTQ+ treatment at KSU. She presented this work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in 2017.



        • Sharonjeet

          Sharonjeet Kaur, Secretary skaur3@students.kennesaw.edu

          Sharonjeet Kaur, a biochemistry major, is the secretary of undergraduate research club at Kennesaw State University. She was the head researcher for the "Health Behaviors in College Students" study conducted by Undergraduate Research Club, and her group's research was accepted for presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in 2017. She is also a Siegel Institute Ethics Research Scholar and will study the ethics of housing. Sharonjeet is interested in public health research, aspires to become a physician, and is very involved in bettering the health of her community.

          • 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. 

            Meeting Information for the 2017-2018 Academic Year

            1. Monday August 21, 2017 at 5:15pm in Clendenin 1009 (Kennesaw campus)
            2. Monday September 18, 2017 at 5:15pm in Clendenin 1009 (Kennesaw campus)
            3. Monday October 16, 2017 at 5:15pm in Clendenin 1009 (Kennesaw campus)
            4. Monday November 13, 2017 at 5:15pm in the Staff Lounge at the Student Center (Kennesaw campus)
            5. Monday January 22, 2018 at 5:00pm in the Clendenin 1009 (Kennesaw campus)
            6. Monday February 19, 2018 at 5:00pm in Clendenin 1009 (Kennesaw campus)
            7. Monday March 19, 2018 at 5:00pm in Clendenin 1009 (Kennesaw campus)
            8. Monday April 16, 2018 at 5:00pm in the Leadership Room of the Student Center (Kennesaw campus)

            Research Teams

            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.

            Undergraduate Research Club Committees

            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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