John C. Salerno Memorial Research Symposium

Spring 2022 Symposium

The Office of Research, in conjunction with the John C. Salerno Memorial Fund, will be hosting the third John C. Salerno Memorial Research Symposium on the afternoon of Friday, February 25, 2022. The symposium will begin at 2pm in the Auditorium (room 109) of the Science Building with traditional-style research presentations expected from nine faculty, representing most of KSU’s academic colleges. The event will also be live-streamed over KSUTV.

The University community and friends of the University are warmly invited to view these excellent presentations either in person or via KSUTV. You are also invited to the subsequent reception and awards ceremony in the Science Laboratory Atrium, which is planned to start at about 5:30pm. 

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, so the format and/or the date of this event may be subject to change.

The John C. Salerno Memorial Research Symposium showcases a cross-section of faculty research at KennesawJohn Salerno State University in honor of the legacy of pioneering researcher John C. Salerno. As the Neel Distinguished Chair in Biotechnology at KSU prior to his death in 2015, Salerno was eminent in his field. He authored over 200 scientific publications describing fundamental discoveries in free radical biology, spectroscopy and enzymology. 

As co-founder of KSU's first incubator company, New Echota Biotechnology, with biochemistry professor Jonathan McMurry, several patents have been filed on the potential uses of compounds and methods that would help in the advancement of drug development and disease management. Salerno received the prestigious University Distinguished Professor Award in 2015, the top faculty award presented by the KSU Foundation to recognize achievement and excellence in and integration of teaching, research and creative activity, and professional service. 

The annual event, which began in fall 2018, is organized by the Office of Research in conjunction with the John C. Salerno Memorial Fund. 

John C. Salerno Memorial Fund

We are actively raising funds for a permanent endowment to support the Symposium in perpetuity. If you would like to assist with this, you may make a gift online at: Please be sure to designate your gift for the “John C. Salerno Memorial Fund.”