Monthly Highlights

Undergraduate Researcher, Marissa Mayfield's presentation won the 2018 Best Poster Presentation in the Environmental and Engineering Division of the Society at the GSA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA


The work was co-authored: MAYFIELD, Marissa Louise, STEELE, Julia, MUTITI, Samuel, MUTITI, Christine and MANOYLOV, Kalina
Department of Biological and Environmental Science

Please join MURACE in congratulating Marissa for her great presentation and her co-authors for their great research endeavors.

Dr. Hasitha Mahabaduge undergraduate research students story goes national on the Council on Undergraduate Research  SOLAR

Javin is part of GCSU Early College and a member of the GC Undergraduate Research Circle -- for his story, click on the following link. JAVIN

Philanthropy News Digest - Link

After research that clearly indicated that Georgia was one of a few states that did not have a "Posters at the Capitol" each year, Ms. Lewis and Dr. Sams met with Johnny Grant, former State Senator for Milledgeville Georgia to gauge the potential interest of state legislators and possible political/logistical concerns. Mr. Gran was very receptive and provided great advice on non-partisan research topics. Ms. Lewis and Dr. Sams then approached the  GC Provost's Office about the prospect. It was recommended that GC could collaborate with other institutions to make the event happen. At the  October 2017 GURC (Annual Southeast Preeminent Regional Research & Creative Endeavors Conference) Ms. Lewis and Dr. Sams presented to the steering committee the prospect of member schools joining GC in creating a "Posters at the Capitol Day". The steering committee approved. The event will be a single day during the Georgia Legislative session each year. The GURC will meet November 2-3, 2018 to begin the process with a target beginning date of March 2019 for the first Posters at the Capitol event. In addition to outreach by the participating institutions, students will be given the resources to identify and personally invite their State Representatives (Georgia House has approximately 180 representatives, and Georgia Senate has 56). Dr. Sams, a CUR Councilor for the Social Sciences Division, has been asked to report at the meeting for the Division on 10/15/18 as to the progress toward making the Posters at the Capitol a reality. 


Sarah Penoyer (GC dual major in Marketing and MIS) and Breana Reynolds (GC undergrad MIS major), won the best paper award at IACIS, based on research from a directed study with Dr. Bryan Marshall. MURACE would like to congratulate these great undergraduate researchers and their mentor. (Source - Dean Young, College of Business)

MURACE funded Summer Physics Research students and their faculty (Mr. Nick Palmer and Mr. Nowsherwan Sultan mentored by Dr. Hasitha Mahabaduge)make the local news. WMAZ

MURACE welcomed the CUR Writing Institute facilitators and participants to the GC campus on July 12th with registration beginning at 1 p.m. through 4:30 p.m. The Writing Institute guests stayed in Bell Hall and enjoyed meals on campus. A BIG THANKS goes to Dr. Kelly Massey for identifying this opportunity and coordinating the planning and implementation of this event. Additionally, thank you goes to the CUR Councilors and the Center for Teaching and Learning for providing support in the planning and coordinating of this event.


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Congratulations - Jonathan Mangrum

Honors - Economics and Political Science, will be a Boren Scholar, a nationally competitive award to study critical needs languages in regions vital to U.S. interests.

Congratulations Undergraduate Researchers - Southeast Regional COPLAC Undergraduate Research Conference

Please join us at MURACE in congratulating the mentors and their undergraduate researchers who will present at the Southeast Regional COPLAC Undergraduate Research Conference in Aiken South Carolina April 13-14, 2018.

  • Presenter: Rachel E. Brineman, "Sorption of Microorganisms from Aqueous Solutions Using Kaolin Products" Mentor - Dr. Andrei L. Barkovskii
  • Presenters: Jacob B. Deith and Rachel Nabors. "Georgia College Compost: Divert Dining Hall Food Waste from Landfills to the Garden" Mentors - Ms. Lori Strawder, Ms. Kristen Hitchcock, Dr. Samuel Mutiti, Dr. Christine Mutiti, and Dr. Allison VandeVoort
  • Presenter: Daniel Fall, "Does Test Anxiety Affect High School Grade Point Average?" Mentor - Dr. JJ Arias
  • Presenter: Matthew Graybill, "The Cancers that Killed the Confederacy: Southern Unionism, Dissent, and Desertion During the Civil War," Mentors - Dr. Craig Pascoe and Dr. James Welborn
  • Presenter: Judie Brooke, "Creating the Black Beast: Constructions of Black Masculinity in South Africa and the US" Mentors - Dr. Jameliah Shorter-Bourhanou and Dr. Sunita ManianAnna (Perri) Olton - Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, and the Ukrainian People from 1917 to 1993, Mentor - Dr. Aran MacKinnon
  • Presenter: Cameron Skinner, "Wetland Delineation Using IRIS Tubes and Hydric Soil Properties in Central Georgia" Mentors - Dr. Allison VandeVoort, Christine Mutiti, and Samuel Mutiti
  • Presenter: Samantha Strickland, "Gender Insecurity: The Performance and Passing of Lily Bart in Edith Wharton's House of Mirth" Mentor - Dr. Katie Simon
  • Presenter: Nicholas Tedrick, "Religiosity and Gender: A Transnational Analysis of Religion's Effect on Gender Inequality" Mentor - Dr. Min Kim

STEAM not STEM Why Scientist Need Arts Training

The Conversation. com

At the recent Academy of Economics and Finance conference, eight GC female economics majors presented their research. Hannah Pasko (2nd from left) won Best Undergraduate Paper Award.

Congratulations all!


8 female presenters


 Kelley Quinn, Brooke Judie, and Brenna Harkins

Present at the 35th Annual Meeting of the Association of Global South Studies


Please join us at MURACE in congratulating Dr. Sunita Manian and her three mentees.

Dr. Sunita Manian's mentees Brenna Harkins, Brooke Judie, and Kelly Quinn successfully presented their work in Marrakech, Morocco, for the Association of Global South Studies Conference on December 14-16, 2017. This conference attracts scholars from Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. Presenting at this conference is a unique opportunity and privilege for Georgia College students.

All three mentees were first introduced to the conference in Dr. Manian's Interdisciplinary Explorations class. All three quickly engage in determining appropriate topics, researching them, and preparing their research for the conference under the supervision of Dr. Manian.

Presentations at the conference by Georgia College:

Brooke Judie's "Constructions of Black Masculinity: The US and South Africa." Brooke is a double major in Philosophy and Liberal Studies.

Brenna Harkins' "Gender and Migration: Migrant Women and Sex Work."  Brenna is a Liberal Studies major.

Kelley Quinn's " Revealing Islamophobia: Western Feminism and the Discourse on the Veil." Kelley is a Liberal Studies major.

Kelley Quinn's " Revealing Islamophobia: Western Feminism and the Discourse on the Veil."

Conference Photos


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CUR Membership

If you are NOT a CUR member, NOW is a great time to join and it is free. Reach out to one of your CUR Councilors or to me for assistance. CUR Councilors are Drs. JJ Arias, Karen Berman, Tsu-Ming Chiang, Kelly Massey, Hasitha Mahabaduge, Doreen Sams and JF Yao

Dr. Doreen Sams
Faculty Coordinator MURACE & CUR Councilor


GC is a Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) Enhanced Membership

I am pleased to announce that Georgia College has become an enhanced institutional member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). CUR is a not-for-profit educational organization whose mission is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.

Georgia College has two elected CUR Councilors:  Dr. Karen Berman (at large) and Dr. Tsu Ming Chiang (psychology).  Also, Dr. Dee Sams represents GC as well.  With the encouragement of these faculty and others, GC has become an enhanced institutional member of CUR.  Please read below to learn what this membership offers you and our students and if you have any questions please reach out to Drs. Berman, Chiang or Sams.

One of the great benefits of a university becoming an enhanced member with CUR is that their faculty, staff, and students are eligible to join CUR as individual members at no cost. In this letter, you will find information outlining some of the member benefits included in a CUR membership and instructions on how to join.

CUR Enhanced Institutional Member Benefits Highlights:

Access to

o   CUR’s Members Only Website: This website contains information such as funding resources, annotated bibliographies on assessment and integrating research into the curriculum, webinar archives and undergraduate research celebration days at institutions across the country.  There is also a special section on Advocacy, which is prepared by Washington Partners, LLC, a firm that CUR has secured to provide research, guidance, support and counsel as CUR seeks to increase its national profile, activities and efficacy.

o   CUR’s Undergraduate Researchers Registry: The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates with research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, and graduate schools seeking high-quality students who are well prepared for research. Currently, the Registry is open to students and graduate schools/employers in nearly all fields.

o   CUR Mentors: CUR has a mentor network that matches individuals seeking information about starting, sustaining or re-initiating undergraduate research programs to experienced, tenured CUR faculty. Those requesting mentors may be newly hired faculty as well as graduate students and post-doctoral scholars. Established faculty who are interested in starting or restarting a research program or moving in a new direction, may also request a mentor.