Student Undergraduate Research Circle

The Student Research Circle is back! 

The SRC will be meeting on Wednesday, February 28th from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM in Arts and Sciences 272. 

Meeting Topic : Graduate School 101 - From Applications to Interviews

Pizza will be provided! We hope to see you there!

What is the STudent research Circle, and who can participate? 

Undergraduate students from all disciplines--including the arts--are invited to participate in this group.  This is an informal, student-led group to discuss all aspects of undergraduate research including finding a mentor, getting funding, going to conferences, and navigating applications. Along with this, any faculty members who are interested in mentoring students through their research are welcome to join the discussion. 

This group aims 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, and to provide a place where faculty are observers and students can ask questions in order to find a faculty mentor for their future research and/or creative endeavors.

We hope to see you there!

The group is also looking for student leaders to help facilitate discussions and develop agendas.  For more information or to apply for leadership, please contact Dr. Tsu-Ming Chiang at 

Spring 2024 Officer(s)

Alexandra Furney is leading the Student Research Circle through the Spring 2024 academic year. For more information on them and the other MURACE employees, click HERE to go to our Meet the Team page! 

Previous Officers
Emily Wyche, Chair Elect 2021/2022
Catherine Boyd, Chair  
Lillian Daniels, Vice Chair 2020/2021 

Inspiration for the circle and its grassroots beginnings

Cameron Skinner is the co-founder of the Student Research Circle. Cameron’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. The group began with conversation with Dr. Sams, Faculty Coordinator for MURACE. A document with Cameron’s proposal was sent to Dr. Sewell, Director of CTL and to the Senior Associate Provost, Dr. Costas Spirou, and was approved by the Senior Associate Provost, Dr. Costas Spirou. Shae Latham, MURACE Intern, and Cameron Skinner began reaching out to GC students, the first meeting being held on September 10, 2018, Lead by Cameron Skinner in Atkinson Hall. After three successful meetings, the two leaders began planning for a "Research Roundup" that took place in early 2019. NOW, in spring 2023 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. 

Research day kickoff events

All GCSU faculty, staff, and students are cordially invited to the Research Day 2024 Kickoff Keynote and Saladin Scholars Ceremony, which is co-sponsored by the John. E. Sallstrom Honors College & MURACE. The keynote and ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in Magnolia Ballroom.  

The keynote speaker is Dr. Richard Newton, associate professor and undergraduate director of religious studies at The University of Alabama. His address is titled “From Virtual to Reality: Research in the Humanities.” 

Richard Newton received his PhD in Critical Comparative Scriptures from Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Newton’s areas of interest include theory and method in the study of religion, African American history, the New Testament in Western imagination, American cultural politics, and pedagogy in religious studies. His research explores how people create “scriptures” and how those productions operate in the formation of identities and cultural boundaries. In addition to an array of book chapters and online essays, Dr. Newton has published in the Journal of Biblical Literature and Method & Theory in the Study of Religion among other venues. His book, Identifying Roots: Alex Haley and the Anthropology of Scriptures (Equinox, 2020), casts Alex Haley’s Roots as a case study in the dynamics of scriptures and identity politics with critical implication for the study of race, religion, and media. And you can learn more about his use of digital media and pedagogy at his site, Sowing the Seed: Fruitful Conversations in Religion, Culture, and Teaching. 

Previous Events

SRC Meeting September 9th, 2023

SRC 2023

Note: This organization is not a Registered Student Organization (RSO). It is lead by a group of students who have published and presented research or creative endeavors who are interested in helping other students do the same. The Faculty Mentor for the Student Research Circle is Dr. Tsu-Ming Chiang.