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 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 for regular enquiries and to 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


    Hayley is earning her Master of Public Administration with a concentration in government administration. In 2011, she graduated from KSU magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in professional writing. During her time as an undergraduate student Hayley served on the executive boards of three student organizations and was a produced playwright.

    Hayley has worked in politics since she was eighteen. Prior to starting her MPA full-time, Hayley served as the Senior Manager of State Affairs at the American College of Rheumatology where she advocated for legislative issues across fifty states regarding biological products, insurance protocols, and the practice of rheumatology. She also served as a Political Field Representative at the Georgia Association of REALTORS®, a Legislative Correspondent at the U.S. House of Representatives, and as a Political Director of a multi-million dollar congressional campaign.

    Hayley McCloud

    • 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 

    Jessica Bailey is currently pursing her Masters in Business Administration. She obtained her bachelors from KSU in 2016 in Business with a concentration in Accounting. She has dreams of obtaining a PhD in Sports Management and teaching financial literacy to athletes both at the professional and collegiate level

    Jessica currently works at Kennesaw State in the business office focusing on budgets.

    In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking and attending sporting events.

    Jessica Bailey


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