Birla Carbon Scholars
Thanks to a generous donation from Birla Carbon, the world's largest manufacturer and supplier of Carbon Black, the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) at Kennesaw State University is excited to announce the Birla Carbon Scholars Program.
- Full time student, pursuing a degree in the College of Science and Mathematics
- Undergraduate: freshmen, sophomore or junior (under 90 hrs. toward major)
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Completed online application, sponsoring permanent tenure track faculty recommendation letter and full abstract submitted by deadline
- 2020 Birla Carbon Symposium Participation
Completed online application, faculty recommendation letter and full abstract will begin to be accepted on Monday, February 3, 2020. A completed online application must be submitted ONLY via online form submission. The sponsoring faculty recommendation letter and full abstract must be submitted ONLY via email to BirlaScholars@kennesaw.edu.
- Final submission deadline is Monday, March 2, 2020 (5:00pm EST).
- Selected recipients will be notified via email by Monday, March 30, 2020.
Advantages of becoming a Birla Carbon Scholar
- STIPEND: Eleven selected recipients will receive a total summer stipend of $4,000! This will be paid in two installments: $2,000 at the beginning of the project and the remaining at the project’s completion.
- MENTORSHIP: Scholars will work with their sponsoring faculty research mentor to complete work that can be done at home. Hands-on research will be completed once students are allowed back in the research labs. For more information about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on research operations at Kennesaw State University (KSU), visit the KSU Office of Research website.
- EXPOSURE: Recipients will present their final research project at the 2020 Birla Carbon Symposium on Thursday, January 14, 2021. The Birla Carbon Team judges will select the top student presentation, who will receive an additional $2,000 to use towards travel expenses to present his/her research at a national scientific conference, the next academic year.
About Birla Carbon
Birla Carbon is a flagship of the diversified $48.3 billion Aditya Birla Group. Suppliers of high quality carbon black, the company provides a leading presence in Tires, Rubbers, Plastics, Inks, and Paints industries globally. Birla Carbon's R&D laboratories are located in Marietta, GA and Taloja, India.
Previous Birla Carbon Scholar Recipients
2020 Birla Carbon Scholars
(LEFT) Photo collage of the 2020 Birla Carbon Scholars Program recipients.
Left to right, top to bottom: Soobin An, Preston Eldridge, Oliver Erasmus, Ian Foster, Gracyn Jewett, Ansa Malik, Pavan Mayinampati, Basirat Olorunlambe, Abeer Osman, Minh (Megan) Vo, and Brittny Vosper.
2019 Birla Carbon Scholars
(LEFT) Photo collage of the 2019 Birla Carbon Scholars Program recipients.
Left to right, top to bottom: Max Andrews, Braden Clinebell, Robbie Cronin, Tia Gordon, Rebekah Henneborn, Emma Henry, Tessa Jordan, Naza Okafor, Destiny Paige, Emma Pearson, and Hunter Spivey.
Congratulations to Junior, Destiny Paige, for winning the Top Poster Award!
2018 Birla Carbon Scholars
(LEFT) Photo collage of the 2018 Birla Carbon Scholars Program recipients.
Top left (clockwise): Sarah Beauvais, Olivia Brooks, Hope Didier, Trae Dunn, Liana Gerhardt, Daisy McGrath, Kimberly Meyberg, Michael Reynolds, Sagi Shaier and Alyssa Venn.
Congratulations to Junior, Hope Didier, for winning the Top Poster Award!
2017 Birla Carbon Scholars
(LEFT) Photo collage of the 2017 Birla Carbon Scholars Program recipients.
Top left (clockwise): Beryl Khakina, Ian Duncan, Hayley Milner, Neil Dodd, Kaylee Bronson, Kevin Patel, Kaveh Kiani, Reagan Hooper, Rahiq Rahman and Rebecca Webster.
Congratulations to Senior, Rebecca Webster, for winning the Top Poster Award!
2016 Birla Carbon Scholars
(LEFT) Photo collage of 2016 Birla Carbon Scholars Program recipients.
Top right (counter-clockwise): Courtney Willett, Katerina Slavicinska, Johnathon Ard, Elena Ninova, Graeme Bettler, Rebecca Hyche, Omar Ugarte Trejo, Danielle Varljen, David Axford, and Soprinye Dappa-Fombo.
Congratulations to Sophomore, Katerina Slavicinska, for winning the Top Poster Award!Link to 2016 Birla Carbon Scholars news articles »
2015 Birla Carbon Scholars
(LEFT) Photo collage of 2015 Birla Carbon Scholars Program recipients.
Top left (clockwise): Myles Robinson, Tara Allen, Cody Padgett, Abdelsalam Sharkaski, Jacob Michelis, Kirt Ronig, Garrison Kohler, Aqsa Adnan, Eric Gabilondo and Sydney Green.
Congratulations to Junior, Eric Gabilondo, for winning the Birla Carbon Top Poster Award!
2014 Birla Carbon Scholars
(LEFT) Photo collage of 2014 Birla Carbon Scholars Program recipients.
Top Row (Left to Right): Daniel Hoffman, Dennys Rosales, Maredith Sapp, Samuel Keenan, Bradley Norvel.
Bottom Row (Left to Right): Aaron Pital, Alberto Romero, Amber Caldara, James Law, Alden Lathrop.