Undergraduate Research Club

The Undergraduate Research Club (URC) is a Registered Student Organization dedicated to promoting undergraduate research and creative activity at Kennesaw State University. Undergraduate Research ClubHere 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 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.

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


Officers and Contact Information

General inquiries can be sent to urckennesaw@gmail.com.

    • Patrick Kielly


      I am currently a psychology major and statistics minor in my senior year. Last year I was the Marketing Chair and headed a nine-member project investigating KSU student anxiety of potential mass shootings. This year I will be a part of a team developing a training program for autonomous vehicle drivers under Dr. Kyung Hun Jung in addition to leading another URC project. Also, I mentor middle schoolers during fall and spring semesters, am learning Spanish, and enjoy woodworking in my free time. My next step after graduation is to attend grad school to become a clinical psychologist.



      • Latifat Giwa


        I am a senior pursuing a degree in Biology and a minor in Public Health Education. I joined URC in 2018. Last year, I had the opportunity to be part of the URC project that was based on students' attitudes toward immigrants and immigration issues. This project was presented at the Symposium for Student Scholars. I am glad I joined URC because I have the opportunity to conduct research as part of an interdisciplinary team. After my undergraduate degree, I plan on attending graduate school to get my Masters of Science in Regulatory Affairs for Drugs and Biologics.

        • Matthew Fenner


          I am a Senior at Kennesaw State University pursuing  a degree in psychology with a minor in statistics. I hope to pursue psychology to the doctoral level, focusing on industrial-organizational psychology.  Studying at KSU and working with the Undergraduate Research Club has given me many opportunities, including presenting research at national conferenences and conducting international research.

          If you have any questions about getting involved in research at KSU, please feel free to reach out to me!  I'd love to help anyone get more involved who wants to. 

          • Sara Clement


            I am currently an architecture major with plans on minoring in psychology.  URC interested me because I wanted to learn more about research, and I now serve as secretary.  A few of my interests include anything related to being creative and self development.  After I receive my undergraduate degree I want to pursue a graduate degree in healthcare architecture where I can continue researching how space affects the human body and mind.   

            • Angel Jaimes


              I am a sophomore pursuing a major in biology with a minor in psychology. I joined URC during my first year at KSU and participated in a research project for which I became the co-author. Outside of URC, I am involved in research focused on White Nose Syndrome in bats, at the BioInnovation lab. I am also a member of various student organizations like American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Student Affiliates of American Chemical Society, and First-Gen Owls. After completing my undergraduate degree, I plan on attending graduate school to enter the field of genetic counseling.


              • 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 of the club's research projects. If you have any questions about anything related to undergraduate research, please do not hesitate to reach out!