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.



  • Each year, the Undergraduate Research Club conducts team-based research projects that are decided upon by the membership at the beginning of the academic year. Each team is led by either an officer or member 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.

    More information about the team-based URC research projects can be found here

    A quick guide to research, developed by URC officers, can be found here

    • Officially join the URC on Owl Life.
    • Connect with the Club in Microsoft Teams. This is where members communicate and meetings take place.
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Officers and Contact Information

General inquiries can be sent to urc@kennesaw.edu 

    • Caitlin Callahan


      Hello, my name is Caitlin Callahan! I am so delighted and honored to be serving as your president this year! I am a psychology major with a minor in applied statistics and data science. This is my fourth year in the Undergraduate Research Club; in the past I held the marketing officer position for two years. My current research focuses on burnout in college students and the many factors that contribute to mental health, such as discrimination and social support. Through my minor in data science, I have analyzed data sets in sports statistics, heart disease, personal medical insurance costs, and many other topics. I hope to use these skills in an applied statistics or data science graduate program in the future as well as become a full-time data scientist as a career. You can find me on campus working for the Office of Undergraduate Research as a peer mentor where I give guidance to first-year students getting their start in collegiate research.

      Outside of school, I love camping, hiking, kayaking, and basically anything active. My favorite hike I have done was at Saint Mary’s Glacier in Colorado. I also love animals and currently have two cats, Willow and Ivy, named after Taylor Swift songs!

      Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about Undergraduate Research Club, or if you have any general questions about research!


      • Diya Patel


        Hello there! My name is Diya Patel, and I am a sophomore pursuing a degree in psychology with a pre-med concentration. As someone who is passionate about helping others, I have always been drawn to the field of medicine. With my background in psychology, I hope to bring a unique perspective to the field of healthcare and make a difference in people's lives. Apart from academics, I love getting involved in extracurricular activities that allow me to grow as a leader and serve my community. I am thrilled at the opportunity to serve as your Vice President for the upcoming academic year and contribute to the success of our organization. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns!

        • fkatter@students.kennesaw.edu

          Hello all! I am Francis Katter, and I am a sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence and a minor in Economics. I believe research is one of the cores to the advancement of humanity. I joined Undergraduate Research Club in hopes to gain the skills to conduct a thorough research project and be able to present it clearly for others to understand.

          I am excited for the opportunity to serve as your treasurer for the academic year. Thank you for taking interest in URC. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out.

          • salini ambadapudi


            Hello everyone! I am Salini Ambadapudi, and I am currently a sophomore majoring in computer engineering. I'm thrilled to continue my journey as an officer and member of the Undergraduate Research Club. Research has always been my passion, offering the best hands-on experience to expand my knowledge and take on new challenges.

            Outside of school, I like to sing, watch k-dramas, and hang out with friends. I love to spend my weekends shopping and watching the sunset.

            I am very excited to be the secretary for the 2023-2024 school year. And if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me!

            • Chandler Keown


              Hello, my name is Chandler Keown, and I am a senior psychology major looking into grad school. My end goal is to be a therapist for teens and young adults and in the meantime, I am looking to understand the theories and research behind the steps necessary to help someone in therapy. In addition, I am curious about the nature of research that comes from other fields than that of just psychology. As your Marketing officer, I feel it is necessary to be able to meet each of you where you are and recognize the different cultural, spiritual, or any other socioeconomic backgrounds that compose our campus. I hope to make the Undergraduate Research Club a welcoming and understanding environment where questions and learning can flourish. I feel it is worth mentioning that this is my first semester as the Marketing Officer, and I will not know everything immediately. So, let’s make mistakes together and learn to grow from them! 

              Outside of school, I love anything to do with puzzles or puzzle video games, as well as rock climbing, and anything to do with challenging myself to grow to learn more about myself and others. 

              I also work as a Learning Assistant and have previously been a Supplemental Instructor. So if you have any questions or need any recommendations for tutors or other study materials, feel free to reach out!


              • Amy Buddie


                I am the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Professor of Psychology. I have served as the faculty advisor for the Undergraduate Research Club since its inception in 2011. I have been the faculty mentor for several of the club's research projects. If you have any questions about anything related to undergraduate research, please do not hesitate to reach out!