Undergrad Experience

Posters-at-the-capitol returns!

Posters-at-the-Capitol (P@C) is a one-day, annual event held to educate Kentucky State Legislators on of the importance of undergraduate research. KY NSF EPSCoR discoveries impact many issues that affect our economy both stateside and globally, and P@C helps to increase understanding of the important role undergraduate research among those responsible for higher education funding (Kentucky’s Cabinet for …

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Kazi the Catalyst: A Decade of the PLTL Program at Kentucky State University

How Dr. Kazi Javed took a small KY NSF EPSCoR grant for nanotube research at UK CAER and evolved it into a program at KSU supporting hundreds of undergraduate students. Written by Kevin Puckett, Senior Creative Communication Strategist at UK CAER and KY NSF EPSCoR / Header Illustration by Kevin Puckett A catalyst is a …

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WKU hosts nanocollider, reports on workforce development, undergrad and high school student success

Earlier this April, Western Kentucky University hosted the 5th KY NSF EPSCoR nanoCollider. KY NSF EPSCoR nanoColliders allow for participants to more broadly identify opportunities to enhance existing cross-institutional collaborations or establish new connections for potential partnerships. Dr. Farhad Ashrafrzadeh, Professor and Founding  Director of Center for Energy Systems, https://www.wku.edu/ces/, highlighted the research capabilities and incredible progress …

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EKU: 3D Printing, Organic Electro Chemistry and Physics Come Together for Undergraduate Success

Eastern Kentucky University has a diverse group of three researchers whose work contributes to three of the four research pillars. Their collaborative work both as a team and in working with other KY NSF EPSCoR research groups is vital for our goal of advanced manufacturing in Kentucky. This is a tremendous example of NSF funding …

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Pandemic-born innovation spurs first patent filed through Kentucky’s community college system

Story by By Haley Cawthon – Reporter Back in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Eric Wooldridge and his team at Somerset Community College (SCC) were mass producing thousands of face shields with the use of 3D printers. It was a practical application for SCC’s Additive Manufacturing Center for Excellence, which was developed after …

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EKU researchers host nanocollider – talk physics, 3d printing, and undergrad success

Watch the full recording of the fabulous researchers at Eastern Kentucky University present their research, show off their labs, and speak on how KY NSF EPSCoR provides support for their undergraduate researchers. The first video is the full recording, while the other videos are native recordings of the labs.  https://youtu.be/M0rQh9eeDNE “I’ve been struck by how …

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THE MEMStim and KY NSF EPSCoR Connection

Please take some time to watch our fascinating, exclusive interview with Dr. Angelique Johnson and Dr. Johne Parker on MEMStim’s partnership with KY NSF EPSCoR, the importance of private-sector internships, their thoughts on encouraging diversity in STEM, and much more. https://youtu.be/C2gSSCLFCL8 (We must) place a value on that diverse perspective and what people bring that …

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Morehead State University Using VR, AR to Enhance Manufacturing Environments

As Kentucky NSF EPSCoR research continues to push the boundaries of advanced manufacturing, it is essential that humans and machines speak the same language. Through software algorithms and machine learning, as well as powerful augmented and virtual reality scenarios, the engineering labs at Morehead State University are working to test, train, and enrich the manufacturing …

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Kentucky State University hosts January 2021 nanoCollider

Professor of Chemistry Dr. Kazi Javed and PLTL scholar Camron Aber spoke on collaboration and increasing STEM student success through Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) and summer research at Kentucky State University. Highlights KSU’s current EOD and Workforce Development collaborations across the state as well Camron’s experience as a student researcher with Dr. Biyun Xie, Assistant …

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Professor Kunal Kate Uses 3D Printing to Connect Industry and Academia

Watch our full interview with University of Louisville Professor Kunal Kate speaking on his newly formed graduate level course “Additive Manufacturing (AM) with Polymers.” Here he introduced the ICME platform, Digimat – AM, that teaches students about 3D printing thermomechanical process simulations. As a case study, the students did EOAT design and 3D Printing for …

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