Strategy 6 Stories: Expanding Breakthrough Research and Creative Endeavors

6. Develop a culture of undergraduate research and creative activity in the university.

The narratives below define and bring clarity to what each of the University Strategic Goals means to Academic Affairs. The narratives express our values and beliefs, and create a context to guide implementation efforts. To learn more about the specific strategies and tactics involved in achieving the expansion of breakthrough research and creative endeavors, please view our Academic Affairs Strategic Plan.

Symposia on undergraduate research showcases students

A student looks at posters during a rcent undergraduate research symposium held on the fourth floor of the library.

Research, scholarly work and creative activities are an integral part of a student’s college experience, and many campuses have formalized programs that feature undergraduate research.

The Kent Campus showcased and recognized students for their work at its first Undergraduate Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity in April 2014. 

Faculty and students work together on ground-breaking research

The science building at the Tuscarawas Campus

There are many examples of faculty and undergraduate students working together on critical research projects. One notable example is Kent State University undergraduate student Jean Wilson Mutambuze and Jean Engohang-Ndong, Ph.D., assistant professor of biological sciences at Kent State University at Tuscarawas, who are conducting a research project to manage a skin disease called Buruli Ulcer. Buruli Ulcer is a skin ailment caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium ulcerans that affects the skin and sometimes bone.