Student Undergraduate Research Circle

Georgia College & State University
Student Undergraduate Research Circle

Sponsored by GC Journeys
An Initiative of MURACE (Mentored Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors)

Students at Circle Meeting

This Circle meets monthly during the fall and spring academic semesters. The meetings are held once a month in Atkinson Hall Room 202 at 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. MURACE supplies pizza and soft drinks.
This organization is not a Registered Student Organization (RSO). It is lead by a group of students who have published and present research or creative endeavors who are interested in helping other students do the same. Dr. Doreen Sams, Dr. Tsu-Ming Chiang, and Dr. Hasitha Mahabaduga are the Circle's mentors.

  • Undergraduate students (Freshmen, sophomores,  juniors, seniors) with even the slightest interest in conducting undergraduate research and creative endeavors
  • Faculty members and teaching staff with an interest in mentoring undergraduate researchers and helping them to learn the value of research for their futures


  • To encourage Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to consider undergraduate research & creative endeavors opportunities
  • To bring Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors together to hear about research and presentation experiences from undergraduate researchers serving as peer mentors
  • To inspire other undergraduates to conduct scholarly endeavors and to present them at conferences and/or in journal publications
  • To welcome all disciplines to share scholarly ideas in a place where all voices are welcome
  • To cross-pollinate ideas by collaborating across disciplines
  • To provide a place where faculty are observers and students can ask questions in order to find a faculty mentor for their future research &/or creative endeavors

2021 Officers

Will this be you?

Current Officers

Molly Bullington​ Co-Chair 2020 -- I am a sophomore Biology major, with a Pre-Veterinary Medicine concentration. I work in Dr. France’s research lab, where we work with genetics in yeast. For the 2019-2020 year, I am one of the co-chair officers of the MURACE Undergraduate Research Circle. 

Molly Bullington








Madeline Drives - Co-Chair 2020  -- I am a senior psychology major with a concentration in Occupational Therapy. I have worked alongside Dr. Chiang in her Social Emotional Developmental Lab for three years and conducted various research projects which I have presented at multiple research conferences, including the Georgia State Capitol. I also recently started working alongside Dr. Dandy in her Animal Learning and Behavioral Lab. I have been involved with the MURACE Undergraduate Research Circle since it began and I am now one of the co-chairs for 2019-2020.

Madeline Drives

Lyzabeth Hadyn Edwards - 2020 Secretary - I am a senior Biology major who is currently working with Dr. VandeVoort of the Environmental Sciences on our University’s compost analysis. I am also exploring my multidisciplinary passions through product research and development with Dr. Mahabaduge of the Physics Department. For the Fall 2019-2020 year, I have the pleasure of being the Secretary for the MURACE Undergraduate Research Circle.

Lyzabeth Hadyn Edwards

Previous Officers

Nick Palmer, Chair Spring 2019 

Nick Palmer

Cameron Skinner, Chair 2018 

Cameron Skinner

MURACE Research Roundup will be held again in January 2021. Click on "Upcoming Events" for more details.

DO YOU want to help develop the 2021 Research Roundup?
YES, then ask a Circle officer at one of the next meetings what you can do to be part of the Roundup
MEETING: March 24, 2020 (soft drinks and pizza provided). Bring a friend to Atkinson Hall Room 202 at 5:30 p.m.

Cameron Skinner Inspirational Leader



Cameron Skinner’s Inspiration for the focus of this Circle came from Ambassador Ramu Damodaran, Deputy Director for Partnerships and Public Engagement, United Nations Department of Public Information Outreach Division and Chief of Academic Impact Initiative, United Nations’ NCUR Opening Remarks are found at NCUR at VIDEO



Provide opportunities in a casual setting in order to connect experienced undergraduate researchers with "newbies" to create a mentor/mentee relationship 
Break down research silos across disciplines
Provide a forum for research ideas to be shared that benefit those students participating in mentored undergraduate research and creative endeavors 
Provide faculty with an interest in mentoring undergraduate researchers with and opportunity to meet potential mentees

A conversation with Dr. Sams, Faculty Coordinator for MURACE
A document with Cameron’s proposal sent to Dr. Sewell, Director of CTL and to the Senior Associate Provost, Dr. Costas Spirou•Approval from Senior Associate Provost, Dr. Costas Spirou
Shae Latham, MURACE Intern, and Cameron Skinner began reaching out to GC students
First meeting – September 10, 2018, Lead by Cameron Skinner in Atkinson Hall
After three successful meetings, planning began for a "Research Roundup" that took place in early 2019
NOW, in Fall 2019 the organization is growing, is under the umbrella of the GC Journeys Office with more and more new opportunities for ALL (undergraduates, faculty, and staff) to get involved to fulfill the Circle's mission 

Dr. Doreen Sams, Marketing, MURACE Faculty Coordinator 
Dr. Tsu-Ming Chiang, Psychology
Dr. Hasitha Mahabaduge, Physics

Past Meetings 

Students Around Table in Atkinson 202Student Presenter at Circle Meeting 2020Attendees at Circle 2020