Undergraduate Research Club

The Undergraduate Research Club (URC) is a Registered Student Organization dedicted 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.

    • Date
      Time
      Location
    • Tuesday August 27, 2019
      5:00pm - 6:00pm
      Social Sciences Room 3033
    • Tuesday September 17, 2019
      5:00pm - 6:00pm
      Kennesaw Hall Room 1203
    • Tuesday October 15, 2019
      5:00pm - 6:00pm
      Kennesaw Hall Room 1203
    • Tuesday November 12, 2019
      5:00pm - 6:00pm
      Kennesaw Hall Room 1203
  • 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

  • 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.

    • Robbie Cronin

      rcronin3@students.kennesaw.edu 

      I am currently a chemistry major with a minor in criminology and I have served as URC treasurer for the past two years. Since my freshman year, I have been involved in undergraduate research. My first project focused on "phubbing," which is the process of snubbing a person with an electronic device, usually a smartphone. This research was presented at both the 2018 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) as well as the Symposium of Student Scholars.

      This past year I worked on faculty-directed research in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. That research focused on whether activated charcoal can absorb organic components of gunpowder residue, which could help identify different types of residue. I presented the research, still in its beginning stages, at the 2019 National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

      I am also doing research this summer as a 2019 Birla Carbon Scholar. I plan to attend graduate school to study forensic chemistry.  

      • Kaelyn Ireland

        kirelan2@students.kennesaw.edu 

        I am pursuing a double major in psychology and modern language and culture and a minor in Latin American/Latinx Studies. I have been a member of URC since 2017, where I have worked on research about gender differences in STEM courses and the quality and duration of undergraduates’ sleep.  My other research pursuits have been through the Department of Psychological Science, where I have assisted faculty with investigations of social issues and sexual behavior.  I have presented research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in 2018 and 2019 and the Southeastern Psychological Association conference in 2019. 

        I have also worked in the Office of Undergraduate Research and served on the NCUR 2019 Planning Committee.  My other interests include science journalism (through the OUR Newsletter and PsyPost.org), study abroad programs (one to Spain in 2018 and one to Perú in 2019), and KSU’s Coming Out Monologues (as a writer in 2017 and 2018).  I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology and continue to conduct research in areas pertaining to diversity, especially gender and sexuality.

        • Matthew Fenner

          mfenner1@students.kennesaw.edu

          I am a junior 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. Last year I was able to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research for the first time, which was an incredible experience.

          This past summer I was able to participate in a study abroad program, which has opened me up to the idea of international research, something that I would love to emphasize more strongly moving forward.

          • Brooke Bentley

            bbentl16@students.kennesaw.edu

            I am currently a psychology major with a minor in biology. I joined URC last spring and was involved in a research project focused on health misconceptions of college students. Other URC members and I presented this research at the 2019 National Conference on Undegraduate Research, my first time attending. I am a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority and I enjoy anything related to health regarding the environment or people. I often read and listen to podcasts of the latest research. 

            • Patrick Kielly

              pkielly@students.kennesaw.edu

              I am pursuing a psychology degree. I joined URC this past spring semester and I currently serve as marketing co-chair. My responsibilities include designing flyers and banners as well as increasing campus awareness of the club's opportunities in undergraduate research.  

              • Amy Buddie

                abuddie@kennesaw.edu

                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 and I work with URC to coordinate the Symposium of Student Scholars.  

               

               

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