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  • Amy Buddie

    Dr. Amy Buddie

    Co-Chair, 2019 National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Director of Undergraduate Research & Professor of Psychology

    Email:    Phone: (470) 578-6255

    Dr. Buddie earned her M.A. in 1998 and her Ph.D. in 2001 in social psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She completed two years of postdoctoral training at the Research Institute on Addictions at the University of Buffalo before joining the Department of Psychological Science at Kennesaw State University in 2003. In 2010, Dr. Buddie won the Kennesaw State University Distinguished Teaching Award. One year later, she became the associate director for graduate student support and undergraduate research at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). Then Dr. Buddie was named director of the newly created Office of Undergraduate Research, a unit of the Office of Research, in 2016. She serves as the chair of the Psychology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research and is the coordinator of the 2019 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), which is being held on the Kennesaw campus.

    • Chris Cornelison

      Dr. Christopher Cornelison

      Co-Chair, 2019 National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Associate Director of Undergraduate Research & Research Scientist in Biology

      Email:    Phone: (470) 578-5115

      Dr. Cornelison earned his B.S. in microbiology at the University of Georgia in 2009, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in applied and environmental microbiology at Georgia State University in 2011 and 2013, respectively. He then served as a post-doctoral research associate with the U.S. Forest Service until 2016 when he joined Kennesaw State University as a research scientist and the director of the BioInnovation Laboratory. Dr. Cornelison directs externally funded research in his laboratory at KSU and is engaged in mentoring graduate and undergraduate researchers on campus. Dr. Cornelison serves as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed journals, is a board member of the Georgia Bat Working Group and is a co-chair of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology’s (SIMB) Recent Advancements in Microbial Control conference (RAMC). Dr. Cornelison has received funding from the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, Georgia Department of Agriculture, and Bat Conservation International.

      • Kaelyn Ireland

        Kaelyn Ireland

        Undergraduate Student Assistant

        Kaelyn is an undergraduate student at Kennesaw State University with a double major in psychology and modern language & culture (Spanish) and expects to graduate in 2020. Kaelyn’s work with the Office of Undergraduate Research includes serving as a student editor of The Kennesaw Journal of Undergraduate Research (KJUR) and  planning for research-related events on campus, including the Symposium of Student Scholars and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in 2019. She also informs  KSU undergraduate students across all disciplines about research opportunities through the university.

        • Emily Deibler

          Emily Deibler

          Graduate Student Intern

          Emily is a graduate student at Kennesaw State University. After earning a B.A. in English at KSU in 2017, she is currently working towards her M.A. in Professional Writing. During her work as a social media intern and coordinator for the KSU Writing Center, she began research on the health benefits of reflective writing in academia, presenting what she learned at the Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference and the KSU Symposium of Student Scholars. She currently works as an editor for the English Department’s newsletter The Broadside and interns as an editor for The Kennesaw Journal of Undergraduate Research.