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Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is a student-run organization established for the benefit of all graduate and professional students at Kennesaw State University. All officially-enrolled graduate and professional students are automatically members of the GSA. The GSA promotes scholarship, develops a spirit of cooperation and fellowship among graduate students, and fosters interaction between graduate students and faculty. Check owllife.kennesaw.edu for meeting information and organization updates.

Travel Funding

Who do we fund?

Graduate Students who are interested in travelling for a conference with an accepted research project, research poster and/or students who are interested to attend a conference to represent KSU.

How does it work?

As part of the process, students are required to present a 3-min pre and post-travel presentation in our monthly General Body Meetings events and to submit all documentation in order to be reimbursed. Please note third-party payments are NOT ACCEPTED, no food expenses are reimbursed and no membership fees are reimbursed.

How much can we help you with?

Domestic Travel – Up to $1000 p/semester

International Travel – Up to $1500 p/semester

Where to begin?

How can you get in touch?

E-mail us at ksugsa@gmail.com for regular enquiries and to ksugsatravel@gmail.com for travel enquiries

How do I join?

All graduate and professional students are automatically members of the GSA. We are always available to answer questions about the organization, the program, or the life of a graduate student at KSU.  Every graduate program has a Graduate Student Representative responsible for sharing your ideas with us.  You are welcome email us directly.

2017-18 Officers

  • He is a Doctoral Candidate in Analytics and Data Science; received his B. Sc. in Computer Science from India and M. Sc. in Computer Science with concentration in Data Analytic from Kennesaw State University 2017. His primary research interests are in Health Care and Government (Not finite to these as he is still exploring his research interests) to build an appropriate data framework that can utilize advanced analytic means to aggregate data effectively to gain in depth insights. During his M. Sc. he worked as a Graduate Research Assistant in the development of research instruments, compile and analyze data. Facilitate projects in an office with other students; provide assistance with supervision of undergraduate students and grader for C++ and Date Structures. He is also an active student body member, he is the President of Graduate Student Association (2016-Present) and is also a board member on several other student bodies, served as the graduate student representative on numerous campus committees for which he was recognized as Student of the Year Finalist-Division of Student Affairs and Graduate Student Involvement Award-International Student Association,  Kennesaw State University 2016-2017. He also got his LawEnforcement Training 2017, Citizens Police Academy, KSU Police Department. In his leisure he likes to spend time with family and friends, keeps himself updated on current affairs, workout and watch documentaries.

    Sanjoosh Akkineni

  • Ziaul Haque is a Ph.D. Student in International Conflict Management, School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding, and Development at Kennesaw State University. He is an Assistant Professor (on leave) at the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Dhaka. Ziaul earned his MSc in Peace and Development Work from Linnaeus University, Sweden. He received both bachelor and master’s in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Ziaul is a big fan of club football and cricket. Currently, he is a graduate assistant at the Carter Center.

    Ziaul Haque

  • Andrea is Dual Master in Business Administration and Information System student from El Salvador. She received her undergraduate degree in International Business and Marketing from The University of Chester, U.K in 2015. Andrea enjoys exercising, cooking and baking, as well as spending time with friends and family.

    Andrea Carpio

  • He is a Master's Candidate in Applied Statistics. Before joining to KSU, he has completed his Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia State University with Double Major in Finance and Computer Information Systems, and Minor in Mathematics. His primary research interest is in Predictive Analytics for financial and healthcare sectors to develop models to analyze current data to make future predictions. Currently, he has been assigned as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Department of Statistics and Analytical Sciences. During his undergraduate years, he has served as an Academic Tutor for TRIO Student Support Services and completed an internship with MassMutual Financial Services as a Finance Intern. In his leisure time, he likes to spend time with family and play FIFA with his friends.

    Musfiqus Salehine

    • College of Architecture and Construction Management
    • College of Computing and Software Engineering
    • Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

    Hey! My name's Nick. I've got an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from UGA, and hope to earn a Computer Science degree from KSU in the near future. I'm interested in studying embedded computer systems, such as Internet-of-Things devices. I'm especially curious about the security (or lack thereof) of these devices and the implications that will have as IoT machines are increasingly integrated into our world. In my off-time, I like to wander aimlessly. Sometimes I draw or write, too.

    Nick Murphy

    • Bagwell College of Education
    • College of the Arts
    • Wellstar College of Health and Human Services

    Cleopatra Sorina Iliescu is a Doctoral Candidate in Inclusive Education at Kennesaw State University and works full time as a high school mathematics teacher in Cobb County. She holds a Bachelor degree in engineering from Transylvania University of Brasov, Romania. She continued her studies in United States and received a Master of Science in applied psychology during which she worked as a Graduate Research Assistant, helping the Psychology department with data analysis using SPSS, developing surveys, and other teaching/laboratory responsibilities. Her current research interests include cultural differences in education, social and cognitive characteristics as they facilitate/impede learning (ex. the impact of self-regulation, growth mindset, self-efficacy, disability, and resilience, in academic performance) involving both qualitative and quantitative research methods. She joined the Graduate Student Association in 2015 to support the KSU students succeed in their research endeavors. Currently she works to initiate and promote a collaborative support group, at Bagwell College of Education, for graduate students pursuing a career in education. Her passions include painting, writing poems, traveling, gardening, and entertaining her two boys.

    Cleopatra Iliescu

    • Coles College of Business
    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • College of Science and Mathematics 


Fall 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017 @ 6:00pm on Kennesaw Campus, University Rooms A/B of Student Center

Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 6:00pm on Marietta Campus, Ball Room of Student Center

Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 6:00pm on Kennesaw Campus, University Rooms A/B of Student Center

Friday, December 1, 2017 @ 6:00pm on Marietta Campus, Ball Room of Student Center

Spring 2018

Friday, January 26, 2018 @ 6:00pm on Marietta Campus, Ball Room of Student Center

Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 6:00pm on Kennesaw Campus, University Rooms A/B of Student Center

Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 6:00pm on Marietta Campus, Ball Room of Student Center

Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 6:00pm on Kennesaw Campus, University Rooms A/B of Student Center

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