Kennesaw State University is a student-centered, research-driven institution, and a Carnegie-designated doctoral research university (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. “Research with Relevance” serves as a university-wide touchstone to guide KSU’s research and scholarship for the future, one in which interdisciplinary exploration and collaboration leads to innovations for lasting impact.

The following broad themes have emerged as current KSU strengths that also have future potential for growth:

  • Biomedical and Health Sciences
  • Computing and Technology 
  • Human Development and Well-Being
  • Sustainable and Safe Communities 

The Office of Research is launching new initiatives and funding opportunities centered on these interdisciplinary research themes. 

In support of these initiatives, the Office of Research hosted a seminar for faculty about the Vertically Integrated Projects program. Guest speaker Dr. Ed Coyle, GRA Eminent Scholar and director of the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Consortium, presented how a VIP program at KSU can strategically integrate research and education through embedded large-scale teams of students and faculty. 

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