Mark your calendars to participate in the Kennesaw State University (KSU) Interdisciplinary STEM UN-Conference to be held entirely online Friday, March 5, 2021!

The aim of this conference will be to offer a space for all KSU faculty to come together (virtually), spark new ideas and generate new synergies for research. You don’t have to be part of a STEM discipline to collaborate with STEM!

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: Monday, January 11, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: Friday, January 22, 2021
Program with links (PDF)


  • Tentative Schedule with links (PDF)

    Morning Research Spotlight (9:00 - 11:00 am)

    This set of sessions will follow the more traditional conference presentation style and will be used for faculty to present their current research. Format will be of 12 minutes. 10- minute presentation + 2-minute question answer. Research should be either currently interdisciplinary or with a strong potential for interdisciplinarity. These sessions will take place in the morning.

    Afternoon Lightning Talks (1:00 - 3:00 pm)

    In this set of sessions presenters will deliver a 2-minute dynamic pitch of an idea they have been working on or would like to undertake. The remaining 10 minutes of the session will be for discussion and input among the presenter and attendees.

    Faculty Network (12:00 - 3:00 pm)

    Faculty come together to network. Virtual space for individuals introduce themselves and identify common interests.

    Proposal Hackathon (3:30 - 5:00 pm)

    At the end of the day, newfound interest groups come together to prepare a White Paper for a proposal sparked from previous interactions. White papers will be submitted to the Office of Research. Selected papers will be eligible to present proposals to compete for internal funding. Details for the white paper and proposal presentations will be shared later.

  • Come showcase your interdisciplinary research, "Research Spotlight", or give a "Lightning Talk" on an idea you have that you would like to further develop with collaborators across the board.

    You may submit to present a "Lightning Talk" in one of the following areas:

    • High risk High Reward: Presenters deliver an idea that they may wish to undertake (perhaps with undergraduate students) that may be risky but promising.
    • Tag along with NSF: Presenters deliver an idea that falls within NSF’s 10 Big Ideas or 2020 Priorities for investment.
    • Tool Innovation: This track will be focused on sharing new, innovative tools in the researcher’s area of expertise that they think may lend themselves to adoption into other fields and move research forward in unexpected ways.
    • Different Bright Idea: Presenters deliver an idea that does not fall under any of the above-mentioned tracks.

Come have fun and get to know your colleagues!