Birla Carbon donates $250,000 to Kennesaw State University

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Funds to create 10 undergraduate summer research opportunities KENNESAW, Ga. (April 14, 2014)…

Georgia (Apr 14, 2014)Funds to create 10 undergraduate summer research opportunities

KENNESAW, Ga. (April 14, 2014) — Kennesaw State University announced today that Birla Carbon has pledged $250,000 to support a new research program for students in the College of Science and Mathematics.

The company’s annual gift of $50,000 for five years will fund the Birla Carbon Scholars Program, which creates 10 annual undergraduate summer research opportunities. Each student will receive a $4,000 stipend to work with faculty on a research project to be presented in an end-of-term symposium. Scientists from Birla Carbon will serve as judges of the 10 final projects, and the top student will receive $2,000 towards travel expenses to present his or her research at a national scientific conference during the next academic year. Additionally, the program will provide a hands-on mentorship experience between students and laboratory leaders at Birla Carbon.

The dean of the College of Science and Mathematics will use the remaining funds to provide research supplies needed for faculty assisting students and supplies needed for the end-of-the term symposium.

“Birla Carbon is a valued company in our community and throughout the world,” said Mark Anderson, the dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. “We are very excited about this partnership. Their scientific talent provides a unique opportunity for students to expand their research skills.”

“Many students are not able to explore summer research programs because they must work full time between the spring and fall semesters,” said Jonathan McMurry, associate dean of research of the College and Science and Mathematics. “This stipend allows them time and financial freedom to expand their research skills outside of the classroom and continue Kennesaw State’s tradition of academic excellence.”

The College of Science and Mathematics Chair’s Council will oversee the selection process for this annual scholarship. Applicants must be freshman, sophomores or juniors during the spring semester in which they apply for the program and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

“We look forward to deepening the relationship with Kennesaw State University and supporting their vision to be recognized for excellence in education, engagement, and innovation,” said Kevin Boyle, chief operating officer of Birla Carbon.

“We greatly appreciate the opportunity to partner with Kennesaw State University to support scientific research,” said John Loudermilk, chief technology officer and president, North America for Birla Carbon. “We have been fortunate to benefit from KSU through hiring well-prepared scientists graduating from their programs and now look forward to supporting the scientists of tomorrow through this initiative.”

The generosity of this donation will be recognized with the renaming of the largest classroom in the Science Building as the Birla Carbon Auditorium for the next five years. In addition, an area within the building will be designated to showcase the Birla Carbon Scholars Program and highlight to students the close relationship between Kennesaw State University and this valued supporter.


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More about Birla Carbon:

Birla Carbon is the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of high quality Carbon Black additives. Its customers include leading brands and companies from the Tires, Rubbers Goods, Plastics, Inks and Paints sectors globally. The Company has 17 manufacturing facilities in 12 countries and 2 State-of-the-Art Research & Development Centers, one of which is located at their operational headquarters in Marietta, Georgia, USA. The Company has a history of many firsts under its accomplishments, including being the first to produce Carbon Black Beads and patent Dustless Carbon Black in 1927, and being the first Carbon Black Company to use an Industrial Electron Microscope in 1940. The focus on R&D continues to be relentless with much commitment to constantly enhance the technical and environmental impact of its products and operations. Sustainable operational excellence is a key business driver for Birla Carbon, and the company is investing the required resources on its sustainability initiative. 

Birla Carbon is a flagship business of the $40 billion Aditya Birla Group, an Indian conglomerate with leading presence in aluminum, apparel, cement, financial services, retail and telecom sectors. The group operates in 36 countries with employee strength of over 136,000 belonging to 42 different nationalities.

More information about Birla Carbon and the Aditya Birla Group is available on their website and


More about Kennesaw State University:

Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in Education, Business and Nursing, and a Ph.D. in International Conflict Management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.



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