April 2019 conference to attract more than 4,000 students and faculty members from across the country
KENNESAW, Ga. (April 5, 2016)— Kennesaw State University has been selected to host a national undergraduate research conference in 2019, the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) announced today.
Set for April of 2019, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) will bring together more than 4,000 students and their faculty mentors for a three-day conference at Kennesaw State. NCUR provides students with the opportunity to present their scholarly research in a professional setting and network with their peers, and faculty mentors, in addition to meeting with graduate school and corporate recruiters.
“We are honored to be selected to host the 2019 National Conference on Undergraduate Research,” Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp said. “Kennesaw State’s commitment to undergraduate research is part of the University’s strategic plan, and this is further amplified by KSU’s recent elevation to an R3 Carnegie classified institution. We look forward to welcoming our nation's scholars to our campus.”
In discussing KSU’s selection, CUR Executive Officer Elizabeth Ambos said, “Kennesaw State offers the undergraduate research community an unbeatable combination of assets as an NCUR host site: a welcoming, beautiful and accessible campus setting near Atlanta; thriving campus undergraduate research programs and culture; and a highly engaged faculty and administration supportive of the NCUR model.”
This gathering of scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum, generating a unique learning opportunity. The conference has grown since its inception in 1987, highlighting the expanding prevalence of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry.
This year’s NCUR will be held April 7-9 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The 2017 and 2018 conferences will be hosted on the campuses of the University of Memphis and the University of Central Oklahoma, respectively.
Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.
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Peer learning support and mobile app to help students master gateway math courses
KENNESAW, Ga. (July 11, 2013) — The Kennesaw State University Foundation has received a $40,000 contribution from AT&T that will help undergraduates pass difficult-to-master math courses with the aid of peer learning assistants and for the development of a mobile application connecting them to study networks.
The AT&T contribution will help the College of Science and Mathematics' Kennesaw Community Learning for Undergraduate Engagement (K-CLUE) project, which is designed to boost retention, progression and graduation rates.
Through the K-CLUE project, the College will hire students as learning assistants to help peers in lower division pre-calculus and calculus courses — gateways to all the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. These courses are considered predictors of student success in the overall curriculum and have among the highest withdrawal rates at the University. Ultimately, the College would like to use learning assistants in sections of other gateway courses, including general chemistry, general biology and general physics.
“We want to thank AT&T for partnering with us in this initiative,” said Mark Anderson, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. “The College is committed to advancing student success and engagement in the STEM disciplines. We also want to expose students to careers as STEM educators. AT&T’s contribution will help us achieve these goals.”
Initially, the new project will provide students in the targeted courses access to learning assistants, which Anderson said has been shown to increase student success rates. He cited a recent Kennesaw State study that found a 15 percent increase in the pass rates of sections of a general chemistry course that used learning assistants.
Anderson underscored the University’s emphasis on community and engagement, which play a role in learning. “What we are doing is creating a class community, a university community and extending that to the broader Cobb County, metro Atlanta and Georgia community. It’s important to emphasize to students that they have a responsibility not only for their own learning, but for each other’s learning,” he said. “It’s appropriate that AT&T is sponsoring this because AT&T is known for innovation as well as community and outreach."
The AT&T contribution will also enable the development of a mobile application, dubbed KSU Study Buddy, which will permit students to use social media to create study networks, reinforcing the importance of community to the learning process. Additionally, the College will be able to use peer mentors for outreach activities with area high schools to increase interest in learning mathematics. The contribution will also permit the College to establish a more robust advising strategy using a network of trained peer advisors to help undergraduates successfully navigate the STEM curriculum.
AT&T has a historical philanthropic focus on supporting education and helping students succeed in school, the workforce and in life, said Don Barbour, regional director for AT&T Georgia.
“Investing in our communities is part of AT&T’s core values,” Barbour said. “I want to thank Kennesaw State University Daniel S. Papp, College of Science and Mathematics Dean Mark Anderson, Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee and other leaders in Cobb County and across Georgia who have worked hard to create a welcoming economic environment that helps companies like AT&T invest in our state, create jobs and contribute to worthy endeavors like this.”
In 2008, AT&T launched its Aspire program to help confront the high school dropout crisis and ensure that students graduate prepared for the challenges of higher education and the workforce. Through Aspire, the company has contributed more than $5 million in Georgia.
“Helping more students succeed in the high-demand STEM disciplines is very important for our county and all of Georgia,” said Tim Lee, chairman of the Cobb County Commission. “Cobb County is home to a diverse range of industries including information technology, software development, aeronautics and biosciences and there are great jobs and opportunities right here for students with the right skills.”
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,600 students from more than 130 countries.
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