New Grant Supports Kennesaw State’s Efforts to Expand Course-Based Undergraduate Research


KENNESAW, Georgia (May 24, 2022) – The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $150,000 grant to support Kennesaw State University’s efforts to integrate undergraduate research into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curricula.

Amy Buddie

Amy Buddie, director of undergraduate research and professor of psychology at Kennesaw State University, said revamping courses to include research opportunities helps STEM students focus and engage more. in projects and, ultimately, to better prepare them for the future.

“You don’t get that kind of hands-on research experience in a traditional classroom,” she said. “In the redesigned courses, you better prepare students to think critically, solve problems, and speak publicly about their original findings, which employers and professors greatly appreciate.”

The grant will support Buddie’s research project on collaborating with various academic organizations to integrate course-based undergraduate research experiences (CURE) into Kennesaw State’s STEM courses.

The grant is part of NSF’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program, a highly selective initiative with only a set amount of funds available to distribute each year.

“This grant can catalyze those of us in STEM education to have the conversations we’ve avoided for too long,” Buddie said. “It’s a chance for us to work collaboratively and give our students real opportunities from inside the classroom.”

Buddie thanks Research Office leaders Phaedra Corso, Evelina Sterling, and Amanda DesLauriers for their continued support and assistance with the project.

– Renee Hudson

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