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CU named enhanced affiliate of Kentucky Academy of Science

By Matthew Taylor

Campbellsville, KY - Campbellsville University has been named an enhanced affiliate of the Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS). The new designation allows for all her students, staff and faculty to become members of KAS free of charge.

"Campbellsville University pays dues each year so that any faculty staff or student can become a member of the KAS at no cost to them," Amanda Fuller, executive director of KAS, said.

"This breaks down a barrier that many students faced," Dr. Richie Kessler, professor of biology and environmental studies, said. "Many of the biology and chemistry majors are members."

KAS is a membership-based scientific society with a goal to aid scientific discovery and understanding in Kentucky.

Kessler said the annual meetings are a great opportunity for students. "Attending the meetings allow students to present their research and look at research other scientists are studying," he said.

"We try to get our students to annual meetings with no cost to them," Kessler said.

According to Fuller, "Benefits of becoming a member include a subscription to our journal, eligibility for research grants, discounted registration for our annual meeting, news of funding and job postings and more," Fuller said.

Kessler said KAS offers more than just biology and environmental science.

KAS has 20 different sections available to join. Members can only join up to three sections. A few sections that KAS contain are Agricultural Science, Psychology, Engineering, Mathematics and much more.

KAS began in 1914 at University of Kentucky's physics building. The committee, composed of many notable scientists that were appointed by the Kentucky Association of Colleges and Universities, called for a meeting on May 8, 1914. At the conclusion of the meeting, a constitution and by-laws were read, modified and adopted unanimously.

Kessler said Campbellsville University encourages all students, staff and faculty to become a member of the KAS.

"It's really great for students to engage at the professional level with KAS before they have completed their undergraduate degree," Kessler said.

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2018 Green River Academy

2020-07-02 - Campbellsville, KY - Photo by Alexandria D. Swanger.
Dr. Richie Kessler demonstrates to high school students how to use different tools in the environmental science field during the 2018 Green River Academy. Note: This photo was taken prior to social distancing restrictions.

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